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  8. 80 years of conservation greatness. The United States Migratory Hunting and Conservation Stamp. It’s not just for hunters. Over 97% of the cost of these art works goes directly into purchasing National Wildlife Refuges. These wild areas along with The National Parks System are the keystones in the conservation of wildlife and wild places in the United States. Buy two of three stamps this year. / A big thumbs up for Kate Vandemore’s article, “The Waterfowler’s Wife” in the current issue of Waterfowl Magazine. I am sure all of our wives or girl friends have or have wanted to tell it like it is as she has….. . Nicely done. / Enjoy all the aspects of waterfowling. Sincerely,GNR.

  9. A New NYSDEC Press Release Has Been Issued: Waterfowl Hunting Permits Required for Opening Weekend of Duck Season at Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas
    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation sent this bulletin on 08/20/2013 11:55 AM EDT
    The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has issued the following press release:
    Waterfowl Hunting Permits Required for Opening Weekend of Duck Season at Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas
    Applications for Permits Will Be Accepted Through September 15
    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that special permits will be issued for the opening weekend of duck season, allowing people to hunt waterfowl at two popular state-managed locations. The permit requirement applies to waterfowl hunting at the Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas located primarily in Genesee and Niagara counties. The intent of the special permits is to promote hunter safety and increase the quality of hunting on days when the areas receive the greatest use.
    The special permit is required to hunt waterfowl at Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas on the duck season’s first Saturday and first Sunday. These days are the only times the special permits are needed; waterfowl may be hunted without a special permit at these locations during the rest of the season. The permit system has been used successfully at both wildlife management areas in recent years. Special permits are not required to hunt other game species at Oak Orchard or Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas.
    Opening weekend waterfowl hunting permits for the two Wildlife Management Areas will be distributed by a random lottery. For each of the two days, DEC will issue 100 permits for Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area and 50 permits for Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Area. Hunters must choose from four options: Oak Orchard first Saturday; Oak Orchard first Sunday; Tonawanda first Saturday; and Tonawanda first Sunday.
    DEC also announced tentative 2013-2014 duck hunting season dates. Western New York’s tentative opening day/weekend dates for duck hunting are Oct. 26 and 27. These dates will not be finalized until the federal regulations are adopted in late summer. This year goose season will be open during the opening weekend of duck season, and goose hunters are also required to obtain the special permit. Hunters are advised to confirm the final dates before hunting any waterfowl.
    To apply for the special permit lottery, hunters must send in a postcard with their name, address and their first three choices, in order of preference, clearly indicated. Applicants must also have completed a Waterfowl Identification Course, and their course certificate number must be indicated on the postcard. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15, 2013, and must be mailed to the New York State Bureau of Wildlife, 1101 Casey Road, Box B, Basom, New York 14013. Each permittee will be allowed to bring one companion over the age of 18 and an additional companion 18 years old or younger. For more information, visit Waterfowl Hunting on Oak Orchard and Tonawanda web page.
    Duplicate permits will not be issued to hunters who have already been issued a permit to hunt on the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. Any cards submitted by hunters who have been selected to hunt on Iroquois on the first Saturday will be excluded from the lottery for that day at both Oak Orchard and Tonawanda.
    Issued permits are nontransferable and are not valid for companion(s) unless the permittee is present and hunting within 50 yards. The permittee is responsible for completing and returning the questionnaire portion of the permit to the New York State Bureau of Wildlife by November 15, 2013. If the completed questionnaire is not received by November 15, the permittee will be ineligible for next year’s (2014) lottery.
    NYSDEC is also currently planning the annual Waterfowl Information meeting which is held at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. This year the meeting will take place on the evening of Thursday August 29th starting at 7 pm. Wildlife Biologists from Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and NYSDEC will discuss items of interest to waterfowl hunters in an informational and interactive forum.
    Topics to be covered include:
    Highlights of waterfowl management and research programs at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, and Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas;
    Waterfowl population survey results and other Atlantic flyway news and updates;
    New York state’s waterfowl hunting season-setting process; and,
    The 2013-14 duck and goose hunting seasons, and suggestions for future seasons.

  10. “Shoot more, shoot more often”… Bill Miller, has a fine article in the latest issue of Delta Waterfowl magazine regarding training your dog for hunting situations. It’s a thumbs up…. . / Enjoy your summer time afield and always think safety first… / More to come…. … … … . Sincerely, GNR.

  11. Things are looking up on the saltwater scene around the island. Water temps are approaching the 60s and the Lilacs are blooming. ( thats for the old timer Weak fisherman….). Blues, Bass, Fluke, Porgies and Winter Flounder are about…… . Got out with my friend Capt. Sly last week. Very enjoyable. It’s amasing how the out of doors can within a small amount of time, erase all that daily stress….., and put it all in the proper prespective……. . No wounder we all love nature… . // Have a safe Holiday. Many thanks to those who serve our have served our country in the armed forces. Enjoy life, GNR.

  12. Seems that the foxes and a neighbors Jack Russell has this local hen liken my roof……go figure…. . Didn’t get to hunt much this past season but am look’n forward to some good times on the bays and marshes next year. Enjoy all the aspects of waterfowling, GNR.

  13. Great weather has finally come in to the Northeast…. . Perfect time to get out and work on your shooting game. Some good news on the Island, The
    Suffolk Co. Range will continue to stay open. The Department of Parks and Recreation aproved continuing it’s operation …. . This is the only public venue on Long Island to offer Sporting Clays,…..along with it’s Trap, Skeet, and 5 stand. By the way the Shooting Range in Ridge L. I. is the only public venue to offer International Skeet and International Trap…along with it’s Skeet, Trap, Rifel, and Pistol. . Enjoy, GNR.

  14. Fishing and Outdoor Exposition February 28th-March 3rd at the Rockland Community College Suffern NY. Exit 14B off of I-87. Free parking. See

  15. March 2nd The 42nd LI Decoy Show and Sporting Collectibles will be held at the Electical Workers Union Hall in Smithtown N Y starting at 9 AM.

  16. Recieved two Gordon MacQuarrie books over the hollidays. All very good. Recomended by other members…. . Well writen, timely, and entertaining, as well as humorous. Great waterfowling and fishing stories…. . // Two waterfowlers rescued from the waters of Bellport Bay recently. Luckily the Marine Police noticed them as their grass boat was being swamped by waves. They had no PFDs on. They were lucky having been pulled from the water only minutes after the craft went down. They were fined. Use dayglow PFDs going to and from hunting areas. They are much easier to spot if you need assistance . //

    • Those guys were lucky. Every year it seems there is a tragic story of duck hunters not wearing PFDs.

      Speaking of acronyms and Gordon MacQuarrie – his book “Ole Evinrude and the Old Fellows” can be found as a free ebook all over the net. Just google it to find the PDF file.

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