Spring Fish Release

The Rome Fish Hatchery is looking for some more spring stocking coordinators to help get a few people to meet the trucks during the spring stocking.  It seems that there is no help on a lot of streams which can be a pain for the driver day after day.  Anyone who thinks they might want to help can help with one stream or multiple streams, it’s their choice.  Basically, the coordinator would be the one to rally the troops when it’s time to stock the fish at a particular stream.  Help is needed in both Oneida and Herkimer Counties so if you could spread the word it would be appreciated.  Anyone interested can get in touch with either me or John Gray (Rome Fish Hatchery 315-337-1390).

Also, if you know of a contact for Herkimer County Federated Sportsmen it would be greatly apprecia...

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Antler Restriction in 2017 “Budget”

Subject: mandatory antler restrictions in  2017 NY Senate Budget Bill
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:11:56 GMT

Like a cancer, the push to make mandatory antler restrictions in New York is spreading. It is now included in the 2017 Senate Budget Bill, which is a way to sneak it in with little notice, until hunting season comes around and you no longer have the ability to harvest the deer of your choice.

Contact your State Senator and tell them antler restrictions do not belong in the budget bill. It should be removed immediately!! When you call (everyday) just leave a message and tell them that Yearling Buck Protection will hurt our wildlife and take away the ability of the DEC to manage it; it does not belong in the budget bill.

Find your Senator and call him every day!


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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is closing specific tributary waters to fishing in St. Lawrence County to protect spawning walleye. These tributaries feed Black Lake and the St. Lawrence River, which are popular for walleye fishing.

“Over the years there has been an increase in illegal harvesting of walleye in certain sections of waters in St. Lawrence County. Closing these waters to all fishing is an effort to allow spawning to take effect,” said Judy Drabicki, Regional Director. The waters listed are closed to fishing all species, beginning March 16th until the opening of walleye season in May:
Fish creek from downstream (west side) of the State Route 58 Bridge to the highest poi...

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DEC to Educate the Public on Emerald Ash Borer

DEC to Educate the Public on Emerald Ash Borer and Survey Ash Trees in Village of Clinton, Oneida County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced an educational meeting and two-day survey of Ash trees in the village of Clinton, Oneida County from April 6 – 8, as part of statewide efforts to investigate Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestations. EAB is an invasive species of wood-boring beetle that destroys Ash Trees within two to four years of infestation. EAB has been found in several New York counties and was discovered in the Oneida County community of Rome in 2016...
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Hunter Input on Fall 2017 Waterfowl Seasons

DEC Asks for Hunter Input on Fall 2017 Waterfowl Seasons

Task Forces Help Set Season Dates for Waterfowl Hunting in New York

Hunters are invited to submit recommendations to regional Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces to help set the dates of the fall 2017 duck hunting seasons for each of the state’s waterfowl hunting zones by Feb. 19, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

DEC evaluates Waterfowl Hunter Task Force recommendations in setting waterfowl seasons, which must comply with federal rules. New York is divided into five waterfowl hunting zones: Western, Southeastern, Northeastern, Lake Champlain, and Long Island...

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Plan Available Online for Public Viewing

The final Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Cranberry Lake Campground is available to the public, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

The UMP will guide the future management of the campground over the next five (5) years. “The surrounding area is a haven for outdoor recreationists and is well known for its excellent hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities. In fact, 2,795 people visited Cranberry Lake Campground in 2015 during the recreational season of May – October,” said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director.

Cranberry Lake Campground is located at 243 Lone Pine Road, Cranberry Lake, NY, St. Lawrence County...

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Oneida Lake Association

Members should be receiving their Bulletins shortly.   In fact, over 500 members elected to receive their copy electronically on or about October 3-4.  Doing so helps control our expenses, and enables us to retain the mere $5 membership.  We hope that you enjoy this issue, and that you have a safe, pleasant autumn.

Please share this Newsletter with your lakeside neighbors, fellow anglers and boaters, or others who have an interest in the lake.  Urge them to pony up the “fin” for membership.  In perspective, most of the stickbaits in your tackle box cost more!

If you are a member participating in an event where you can help sell memberships, please contact Director Vella or Schantz...

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Public Comments Accepted Through November 11, 2016

Public Comment Period for Proposed Changes to Freshwater Fishing Regulations Extended
Public Comments Accepted Through November 11, 2016
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the time period that DEC will accept comments on proposed changes to freshwater fishing regulations has been extended. Comments will now be accepted through November 11, 2016.

DEC modifies freshwater sportfishing regulations approximately every two years as part of DEC’s commitment to enhance fishing opportunities and protect the State’s freshwater resources. The regulations are developed after careful assessment of existing regulations and the desires of New York anglers...

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Turkey Dinner

To All

Tim Furner one of our mentors asked me to pass this Flyer on. I know it is short notice but Tim is the one of the main reason we can hold our Hunting program as he supplies the insurance for us. If you can make it to the banquet it would be great. They do have some awesome prizes and items for sale


Click below

turkey dinner

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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in City of Rome

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in City of Rome, Oneida County

Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been confirmed for the first time in Oneida County by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today.

DEC staff discovered the presence of EAB in Rome, NY as a result of the regular monitoring efforts to detect the beetle. “With this confirmation in Oneida County, the number of New York counties with EAB has climbed to 35,” said Commissioner Seggos. “Although the invasive beetle has continued its march through the state, a large number of communities still remain uninfested...

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