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Notes from the North Woods

Despite the effects of climate change, the Adirondack region has managed to retain enough snow cover to permit the continuation of most winter sports. Unfortunately, the duration the winter season continues to be condensed, with less snow during the hunting and an abbreviated ice fishing season.

Despite the effects of climate change, the Adirondack region has managed to retain enough snow cover to permit the continuation of most winter sports. Unfortunately, the duration the winter season continues to be condensed, with less snow during the hunting and an abbreviated ice fishing season.

2006: The Regular Big Game season will conclude at sunset on Sunday, December 7 in the Northern Zone and reports concerning hunter success are mixed. Hunters continue to lament autumn’s unseasonably warm weather, which has disrupted the hunting season and stunted the movement of wildlife.

2007: As I write this column, a heavy snow continues to fall. Although a consistent tracking snow was lacking for the majority of the hunting season, conditions have been far better than the previous four seasons…. when last weekend’s storm subsided on Saturday evening, deer that had been down for two days were finally on the move

2008: The unusual weather patterns, with warmer temperatures and a lack of consistent snow, are now the standard in most areas of the Adirondacks. It would be difficult for any North Country hunter to question the reality of climate change as it has become as obvious as the brown ground underfoot.

2009: The Last Big Hunt: Thanksgiving weekend has long been considered a benchmark that signals the rapid transition from fall to winter. However, it has not been a very reliable indicator. This season, hunters have gone without any significant snow cover. It's been another brown season.

2010: The northern zone big game hunting season, will end with less than a full week of snow on the ground. It was not unexpected. For years, the big game season has remained nearly snowless.

2011: Ditto the remarkable remarks listed above.

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

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