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Wandering whitetails, nervous drivers

With the help of the local Highway Departments from Old Forge, Inlet and Indian Lake, the DEC was able to keep the proposed roads open to travelers. The move made it feasible for hunters to enjoy another season in the Moose River Plains, just in time for the annual NYS Muzzleloaders Rendezvous, and also allowed leaf peepers to enjoy the fabulous fall foliage.

In researching the history of the Moose River Plains, which was originally acquired by NYS in the 1960's, I came across a letter written by Tom Monroe, the former DEC Region 5 Executive Director. It was interesting to note that the Moose River Plains was initially purchased by the state with sportsmen and women in mind.

In his correspondence, dated 11/16/77, Mr. Monroe explained,

"At the time of acquisition,..a big play was made by the department indicating the property was being acquired with hunters and fishermen in mind. To accomplish this end, the state acquired the property by two separate deeds (one for the property and one for the roads) The purpose of the second deed for the roads was so that access rights could be acquired as other than forest preserve and no one could question the maintaining of the roads for vehicular access. The deed for the roads states, " for the purpose of better promoting fish and wildlife conservation practice on adjacent lands."

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net

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