Congratulations to the team of Alan and Riley Aldi on their stellar performance during the Aug. 10 Bass for Cash tournament on Oxbow Lake. They brought in a tournament limit of five bass weighing in at 13.65 pounds and one was tagged, which gave them an extra $100 in prize money to split.
The team of John Cook and Dave Grosse took the second place spot with five bass weighing in at 10.4 pounds, one of which was also tagged. In addition they caught the tournament "lunker of the day," a 4.5- pounder. Third place went to Nick Sweet and Max Weaver with five bass that tipped the scales at 9.55 pounds and the fourth place winners were Dom Macisco and Dean Couchman for four bass that came in at 9.3 pounds.
William and Chris Janiga took the pickerel prize with four fish that weighed in at 3.95 pounds. The sunfish prize went to Rick and Mike Steele who brought in seven pounds of them.
A total of 39 bass were brought in during the event.
SPORTING LICENSES ON SALE
In the event you somehow let it sneak past you, the 2013-2014 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses went on sale Monday, Aug. 12. If you do head out to buy your hunting license you should bring proof of residency information as well as a copy of your previously issued hunting license (if buying that type of license) or a copy of your Hunter Education Certificate.
Remember mandatory antler restrictions are in effect for the following areas: 3A, 3C, 3H, 3J, 3K, 4G, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S and 4W.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, due to an exceptionally mild 2011-2012 winter and below average winter conditions in many parts of the state during 2012 - 2013 deer populations have grown despite generally increasing antlerless deer harvests during the past few years. Accordingly, the agency will be issuing approximately 18 percent more deer management permits this year.
GET DOE PERMIT BY OCT. 1
You have until Oct. 1 to get yours and can apply for it at the same time you buy your new hunting license or, if you have a lifetime license, you can just go and apply for your DMU permit. Hunters are reminded that DMPs are only valid for antlerless deer in the WMU specified on the permit.
If a significant number of DMPs are still available in a WMU after Oct. 1 leftover DMP sales will commence Nov. 1, and continue on a first-come, first-served basis until the end of the hunting season or until all DMPs have been issued in the WMU. Additionally, Bonus DMPs will be available in the bowhunting-only WMUs 3S, 4J, and 8C and in WMUs 1C. For information about Bonus DMPs see DEC's website.
You can get additional information in the Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide you receive from your license-issuing agent.
Deer management permits aren't a big concern in this neck of the woods, but since I also hunt areas where they're available I felt compelled to at least try for one. A doe in the freezer is better than no deer at all, but my attempt was to no avail -- I was turned down anyway. I'm not certain of it, but I vaguely recall having only one DMU permit in the last six or seven years. How's that for an impressive success rate?
BIGHEAD CARP TARGETED
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that changes pertaining to the regulations governing the import, transport, possession and sale of bighead carp are now in effect. The amended regulations ban the importation, possession and sale of live bighead carp in all NYS.
Bighead carp are a serious threat to the state's aquatic communities and much effort is being expended by federal and Great Lakes state agencies to prevent these fish from gaining access to the Great Lakes basin via the Mississippi River system.
Previously, New York's regulations prohibited the possession and sale of fish species DEC had determined to be a present danger to indigenous fish populations. The prohibited fish included snakeheads and three species of Asian Carp (including bighead carp), among others. However, until now, the prohibitions included an exception that allowed bighead carp to be sold, possessed, transported, imported and exported in the five boroughs of the City of New York (Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island) and the Westchester County towns of Rye, Harrison and Mamaroneck and all the incorporated cities or villages therein. The fish are considered an ethnic delicacy among some persons in those areas of the state.
SILVER CARP A NO-NO
Silver carp, a closely related species, are already verboten in NYS. They're the ones you see jumping out of the water as boats approach. Fortunately, we have no problems with any carp species in local waters, other than their abundance, but then we don't have bighead or silver carp either.
However, their populations have been spreading beyond the Mississippi River drainage area and all efforts are being expended to keep them out of Lake Erie. If they become entrenched there then we're in trouble here in NYS, eventually, especially in lakes Erie and Ontario and then the St. Lawrence River.