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Darrell Roedts' 12 point buck from Seneca County.

Measured by NYSBBC, it scored - net score 152-6 gross score 163-4

Howard Lattimer with his 129 inch white tail taken Chemung County 2013

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    Turkey Vulture                                                                                Photo by Ron Schroder

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              Feeding Birds                                                                           Photo by Julie Schroder

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 2011 Big Buck from Iroquois NWR Area, Alabama, NY

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                                          Ben's First pine marten-Moose River Plains                              Photo by Paul Czapranski

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Ontario County Bucks                                                      Photo by Dennis Money

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                                                   Nice Bass

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                                  A new generation!!

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Doing our part to get the next generation of hunters started. Opening morning I shot a full size Tom with a 9+ inch beard. Had 7 year old Bernie with me (holding bird) and 10 year old Eddie (with gun) both sitting in the blind. My hunting buddy's son Justin (14 years old on left) did me one better when he shot his FIRST turkey. A DOUBLE bearded Tom (look close at the photo). Both beards were 9+ inches. I think we have these kids hooked (all three own lifetime NY hunting licenses).
Cheers,     Terry

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BEARS by: John Adamski

The scientific technology that is used to monitor the territorial movements of black bears has evolved from the days of VHF radio-collars to the sophisticated GPS-satellite collars in use today. Radio-collars of the past sent high-frequency radio signals that were picked up on a mobile or hand-held receiver via line-of-sight transmission. This means that the operator had to be within a mile or two of the collared bear to even obtain a signal. Through trial-and-error course corrections, the animal could usually be found. Sometimes it took a day or two and became complicated if the bear was on the move.



The process works like this: A targeted or nuisance bear is captured alive in a baited trap. The one in the picture was set in my yard in May 2005. After capture, the sedated female was processed and fitted with a radio-collar by DEC Technicians. This is the same mother bear that was checked this past week.

A bear wearing the state-of-the-art GPS-satellite collar that is in use today, can be tracked via satellite and have its location downloaded to a computer using a special program that is something like Google Maps. This eliminates a lot of criss-crossing the countryside with a hand-held antenna and shows a bear's history of travel on the map as well.

In addition to the collar, female bear #812 also carries an ID-coded microchip under her skin. This bear is nine years old, has been live-trapped twice--which is unusual--and has produced a dozen cubs. Normally, once a bear has been trapped, it is reluctant to enter a trap again--no matter how tempting the bait may be. Not her.

One morning last week, I accompanied state wildlife managers to a female black bear's winter den, located not far from my home. The visit was part of an ongoing black bear population dynamics study. The sow, which is what a female bear is called (males are boars), was wearing a radio collar, that enabled researchers to find her. She was originally live-trapped and
collared in my yard in 2005. After losing her collar in 2006, she was recaptured and re-collared again in 2008.


Her current den, which had been excavated into the side of a steeply wooded bank, looked like a former coyote or fox burrow that she probably hijacked--much to the dismay of its previous occupants. Biologists sedate the bear in the den and remove her -- something akin to handling a couple of hundred pounds of Jello in a gunny sack.



She is prepared for processing, which includes medical and dental examinations, and treatments for parasites or any wounds. Normally, a tooth is extracted to determine age, but since she has been handled before, that procedure was unnecessary. Bandages are placed over her eyes  to prevent them from drying out--since she is incapable of blinking while under sedation--and to keep them clean during handling.

The three cubs, with the sow,  are eight weeks old and weigh about six pounds, which I find incredible since he was not much bigger than a chipmunk at birth in mid-January. They, too, are checked and provided with a microchip under the skin on the neck. The microchip will enable then to be identified with a hand-held electronic scanner in any event that they are handled again. Indeed, these bears are now bar-coded--not unlike a like a bag of Fritos.

The joy of the outing comes to those present in keeping the cubs warm until they can be reunited with their mother back in her den after processing is complete. Cloth pouches are used to contain each of the cubs to keep them warm and to prevent them from scratching their handler with needle-sharp claws.

 Enjoy!

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This is a satellite map of the locations of bear #812 between the dates of April 7th and July 2nd, 2011. Because she has three infant cubs, her travels have been limited to the area known as Poag's Hole in southern Livingston and northern Steuben counties. Next year they may cover more ground. This map was computer-generated using the same satellite collar that appears in the other photos.

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Goldfinches                                                                                                                         Photo by John Adamski       jbadams@frontiernet.net

 

Come on SPRING!!!!                                                                                                         Photo by John Adamski       jbadams@frontiernet.net

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                                                                                                    Photo by Kevin Armstrong

      Nice Honeoye Lake Catch!!!!

 

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      Big Bucks are falling: Erin Underhill of Prattsburg took this buck in Prattsburg, Steuben County 11-26-10

Big Bucks are falling: John McCarthy Jr. of Auburn, took this 17-buck in Aurelius, Cayuga County - 10-30-10

Big Bucks are falling: Matt Gober took this 13 pointer in the Bergen area, Genesee County - 10-18-10

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                                                                                            Photo by Ron Schroder

 Fox season's open!

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                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Ron Schroder

 That's the last time I go to that barber shop!

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                                                                                                                                   Photos by John Adamski       jbadams@frontiernet.net

 

At more than 15-miles long and nearly 2-miles wide, Canandaigua is the fourth largest of the eleven Finger Lakes. It is 276-feet deep. The Senecas call it the "Chosen Spot" because what locals know as Clark's Gully--a deep ravine at the southeast end of the lake--is where the founders of the Seneca People are believed to have originated. Bare Hill, which is shown in the third image, is still sacred ground to the Senecas today. Some of it has been preserved by New York as a forever-wild state forest.

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                                                                                                                                                                       Photo by Ron Schroder

Watch out for deer (or fox, as the case may be)!

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                                                                                                 Photo by John Adamski       jbadams@frontiernet.net

Motorists Be Aware: Moose Populations on the Rise.
Moose populations in New York State are increasing rapidly. There is an estimated population of 800 moose in the northern areas of the state, compared to a population of only 50-100 moose in the late 1990s.