I've also been noticing that a few trees are beginning to turn, primarily along the lakeshore or high upon the peaks. Although it's still far too soon to think about fall, it never hurts to dream and it's always fun to prepare. The new season begins is less than six weeks.
The realization comes with news that the 2010-2011 hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) became available for purchase beginning Monday, Aug. 16.
Licenses and permits can be purchased at any of the 1,500 license sales outlets statewide. Sporting licenses are also available via the internet at www.dec.ny.gov. Sporting licenses are valid beginning Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2011.
Anglers should take note that the 2010 fishing license expires Sept. 30, a full two weeks before the close of trout season.
Annually, the DEC issues 1.8 million sporting licenses annually through 1,500 license issuing agents. The department also coordinates a hunter education program with 3,300 volunteer hunter safety instructors providing nearly 40,000 certificates to students every year.
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunter education classes will be held in September at the Mt. Fay Fish and Game Club in Lewis and at Moriah Central School in September.
The first will be held Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 15 - 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Mt. Fay Fish and Game in Lewis. the second will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 21-23 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Moriah School.