The calendar is about to flip to August. With that said, it’s time to get your deer hunting gear in order, especially for us bowhunters. We’re now just two months away from opening day, and even less if you’re a northern zone hunter. Pull yourself together!
Personally, I tend to organize all of my seasonal gear in large bags. Pretty much everything I need in terms of clothing and other goodies for deer hunting, with the exception of stands, weapons and climbing poles, can be found in these bags.
Most likely, at the end of last season, you didn’t create a checklist of what was required. Now it’s time to break out all the gear and go through it. You never know what will be missing during the long summer months. Maybe it’s the rope you use to heave your bow into the tree, or your favorite knife you left in the woods after arming your last deer in the field in late muzzleloader season, maybe it’s a release made along the way Accidentally fallen out of your backpack is loading it into the truck on the last cold hunt.
The point is that you simply go through your gear and make a detailed checklist of everything you typically carry on a hunt and make sure you actually still have it and it’s in safe working order.
Speaking of the safety aspect of things, every seat belt has an expiration date. Stick to this date. Even if you’ve never fallen with it, just don’t think about using it beyond the given date. It’s literally your life at the end of that line, I would have to guess that anyone and everyone values their life more than $50 or $60 for the cost of a new set of dishes. If there is any question about fall protection, please exchange it, if not for yourself, do it for your family and loved ones.
Also visit the archery professional shop. do you need arrows Maybe a new bowstring is in order for this year. do you have broadheads Do your arrows fly right? Don’t be the guy who failed to address all these issues in a timely manner a week before the season and now expects miracle work from the shop (and then gets upset when told it can’t happen). Guys like Jeff Fraiser from Black Street Archery in Perth are absolutely knackered and work insanely long hours to get you ready for the forest all month of September.
If you have an idea for a new bow or custom fletched arrows or whatever, just go ahead and take the initiative immediately, the shopkeepers will thank you and your proactive mentality.
VIEW REPORT TURKEY
It’s that time of year again, the DEC wants to know how many turkey poults the general public has seen this summer.
The Turkish population in New York State peaked in the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, over the past decade, turkey productivity has consistently been below average, resulting in lower populations. Since 1996, the DEC has conducted the annual Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to track wild turkey populations and estimate the number of wild turkey poults per hen nationwide. This index allows the DEC to measure reproductive success and predict future turkey populations and harvest opportunities.
The DEC uses reported wild turkey observations to track annual productivity over time and in different parts of the state. User-submitted data also helps wildlife managers predict hunting prospects for the upcoming fall season and subsequent spring seasons. To submit turkey observations, participants are encouraged to use the DEC’s online form, found at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/fe7ec92ebf7b45bf8e11a295bf83117e.
For more information, including data and results from previous summer surveys, visit the website: https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html.
beech leaf disease
Beech Leaf Disease (BLD) has been identified in 35 counties in New York State. The DEC began tracking BLD in 2018 after it was confirmed in Chautauqua County. It has been confirmed in 14 other counties in New York, with more sure to be confirmed in the near future. Fortunately, the disease has not yet been identified in our area or the Adirondacks, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be kept under review.
The main symptom to look for in beech leaves is dark streaks between the veins, best seen when looking up through the canopy. Leaves with severe symptoms may be heavily banded and ruffled and have a thickened leathery texture.
The DEC’s Forest Health Diagnostic Lab has recently seen an increase in requests for BLD diagnosis and treatment options as landowners begin to notice a rapid decline in the health of their beeches. Most reports come from Suffolk and Westchester counties, where BLD is widespread. The DEC is asking the public to submit reports through the NYimapInvasives website https://www.nyimapinvasives.org/ if they come across a beech tree showing signs of BLD, especially for counties where BLD has not yet been confirmed.
The disease can kill mature beeches in six to 10 years and seedlings in as little as two years. There is currently no known treatment for infected trees and there are many unknown variables associated with the disease.
The DEC works with the Cornell Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, neighboring states and New York’s Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to study emerging infections and track disease progression using long-term surveillance plots.
If you have any questions about potential tree pests or pathogens, email photos and a description to email@example.com.
Click here for the current and updated beech leaf disease map https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/administration_pdf/bldcountymap.pdf.