As a further convenience to Clarkstown’s sporting residents, I will be opening the Town Clerk’s Office at 6 AM on Monday, August 13, 2012. This is the first day that hunting and fishing licenses for the season beginning October 1st can be purchased. Deer Management Permits (DMP) will also be available on a first come, first serve basis. Some areas have limited availability for DMP’s, so come in early and secure your favorite location! All other services of the office will also be available. Working residents requiring any of our services are encouraged to take advantage of this early opening as well.
Hunting in the State of New York not only requires a license, but safety training as well. The Town of Clarkstown will be hosting a Bow Hunter Safety Education course at Town Hall on August 20th from 7pm to 11pm. A second class will be held on August 26th from 8am to 12 noon at Zukor Park in New City. Completion of this course is required to bow hunt in the State of New York. Attendance on both days is mandatory. There is no registration. For more information, please call (845) 494-6312.
The Town of Clarkstown is also hosting a Basic Hunter Safety Course at Town Hall on September 10th, 11th and 12th from 7pm to 11pm. Completion of this course is required to hunt in the State of New York. Attendance on all days is mandatory. There is no registration. For more information, please call (845) 494-6312.
In celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, The United Sportsmen Association of Rockland in cooperation with the Town of Clarkstown is hosting a Fishing and Hunting Information Fun Day. The event will be held at Congers Lake Memorial Park on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 10AM to 3PM, rain or shine! Children of all ages and their families are invited. Among the many demonstrations and events that day will be fly fishing and fly tying demonstration and instruction, archery demonstration and instruction, fishing poles and bait will be available for use, and much, much more. NYS DEC will be present as well as many other local and national outdoors enthusiasts. This is a great family event. I hope to see you there!
For those of you that like a nice, long read and are interested, the NYS DEC’s Deer Management Plan for 2012-2016 is now available online: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/deerplan2012.pdf
You may also catch the latest updates on New York's fish and wildlife by subscribing to Field Notes, another free online e-mail list provided by the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources. To learn more and subscribe, see www.dec.ny.gov/about/63801.html.