Press-Republican

October 21, 2012

Outdoors Briefs: Oct. 21, 2012

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Press-Republican

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Audubon Society

sponsoring event

Join Mary Beth Warburton Sunday, Oct. 28, for a hike to the summit of Azure Mountain, which looks out at the High Peaks to the southwest and the St. Lawrence Lowlands and Canada to the northwest.

The peak features sheer rock cliffs and an excellent vantage point for migrating fall raptors, which tend to head straight for it when a front ushers in strong northwest winds.

The hike starts out in boreal habitat surrounding the parking lot and quickly encounters mixed deciduous/hardwood forest to the summit, a 2,518-foot peak with a restored fire tower.

Participants will meet at the Azure Mountain Trailhead on Blue Mountain Road (off 458 between Santa Clara and St. Regis Falls), at 9 a.m. Oct. 28.

For more information, contact Warburton at (315) 268-0150 or mbwarburton@verizon.net.

Disease spurs

NY rule to keep

out Pa. deer parts 

ALBANY (AP) — Officials have issued an emergency rule to keep certain parts from deer and elk killed by hunters in Pennsylvania out of New York state.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the move was spurred by a confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania deer. The disease hits deer, elk and moose and can be transmitted through feces, urine or saliva.

New York’s order prohibits bringing certain parts of whitetail deer and American elk into the state. The order stops the importing of deer and elk brains, eyes, spinal cords, tonsils, intestinal tracts, spleens and some lymph nodes.

Most hunters butcher deer near where they hunt. Meat that doesn’t include the restricted body parts may be brought to New York.

Vermont youth deer-hunt weekend set for Nov. 3-4

Vermont’s youth deer hunting weekend has been scheduled for Nov. 3 and 4, the Saturday and Sunday before the rifle deer season opens.

Anyone, resident or nonresident, who is age 15 or younger on the weekend of the hunt and who has successfully completed a hunter education course may purchase a hunting license and obtain a free youth deer hunting tag.

The young hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over age 18 who holds a Vermont hunting license. The adult may accompany up to two young hunters.

The law now requires the adult to have direct control and supervision, including the ability to see and communicate with the youth hunter without the aid of artificial devices such as radios or binoculars. Landowner permission is required in order to hunt on private land during the youth deer hunt weekend.

For more information, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com/hunttrap_youth.cfm.