Press Releases Maine, N.H., VT., Conn., NY, Pa., NJ.

Posted by Northeast Archers On May - 29 - 2012


Road Signs to Help Maine’s Endangered Turtles

Augusta, Maine – Late May through early July in southern Maine is a critical period when female turtles undertake risky overland forays to reach nesting areas. During this time, turtles often cross roads, sometimes with fatal consequences. In response, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) and The Nature Conservancy are cooperating to install new road signs warning motorists of endangered turtle road crossing locations in the towns of Wells, South Berwick and York with the hope of reducing collisions with two of the states rarest species. For more….


New Hampshire


Reminder: Saturday, June 2, 2012, Is Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire!

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire’s Free Fishing Day is almost here! Saturday, June 2, 2012, is the statewide Free Fishing Day, when you can fish any inland water – or saltwater – without a fishing license. Take advantage of this special event and plan to get out and enjoy the day fishing with your family and friends. Both state residents and nonresidents may participate. For more…


Be Aware of Endangered Piping Plovers on N.H. Beaches

Six plover pairs nesting at Hampton and Seabrook

CONCORD, N.H. — Be aware of endangered birds on the beaches this holiday weekend and beyond as the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reports there are six pairs of piping plovers nesting along the sandy shores of Hampton and Seabrook. Piping plovers are endangered in New Hampshire and threatened nationally. Their breeding habitat is fenced with yellow roping to indicate the birds’ presence to beach-goers and to allow the mating pairs space to nest and raise their young. For more..




Vermont Moose Hunting Applications Are Available Statewide

Vermont Moose Hunting Applications Are Available Statewide

WAITSFIELD, VT — Vermont moose hunting permit applications have been available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website ( since early May, but printed applications are now at Vermont license agents statewide.  For more…

Hunter Education Instructor Training Offered

Hunter Education Instructor Training Offered

There is no more powerful way to give back to what you love than with a gift of your time. If you love to hunt in Vermont, there’s few better ways of giving your time than becoming a volunteer hunter education instructor.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Hunter Education program has scheduled a New Hunter Education Instructor Training for Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30. Instructors will receive certification in both Bowhunter and Basic Firearm Education. The training will be held at The Buck Lake Green Mountain Conservation Camp in Woodbury from 7:00 p.m. Friday to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Food and lodging will be provided. For more…



DEEP Completes 2012 Catfish Stockings


Catfish stocked early to provide additional fishing opportunities on Memorial Day weekend
Six additional lakes & ponds stocked as catfish stocking program expands to new areas


The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that 20,000 channel catfish were stocked into eighteen lakes and ponds located throughout the State on Monday, May 21.  These stockings mark the sixth year that the DEEP has released catfish into state waters.  Included among the lakes and ponds stocked this year are five waters that are currently part of DEEP’s Community Fishing Program and two new areas also located in urban areas.  For more…


DEEP Announces Measures to Protect Shorebirds and Wading Birds:  Charles Island and Duck Island Closed for Nesting Season


The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced measures to protect birds that live in coastal and offshore areas and is asking for the public’s cooperation in ensuring the safety of these species.  For more…


New York

National Archery in Schools Program Growing in New York

More Than 15,000 Students from 122 Schools around New York Participate

School districts from across New York State are invited to enroll in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), which is sponsored by DEC, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

“The National Archery in the Schools Program is growing rapidly in New York,” said Commissioner Martens. “This cooperative effort between conservation agencies, school systems and private organizations is a great way to bring the sport of archery to millions of students across the United States and other countries.” For more…


DEC Re-Opens Sag Harbor Cove for Harvest of Shellfish and Carnivorous Gastropods

Re-opening Follows Extensive Testing of Shellfish for Biotoxins

Approximately 490 acres of shellfish lands in Sag Harbor Cove, Town of Southampton, is re-opening for the harvest of shellfish, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. These areas were closed on April 26, after DEC’s Bureau of Marine Resources detected saxitoxin, a naturally occurring marine biotoxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning, in shellfish in Sag Harbor Cove. For more….





HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today urged motorists to stay alert and slow down when driving after dusk and before dawn to reduce their risk of colliding with a white-tailed deer.

“Each spring, deer congregate on the grassy areas along the state’s busy highways, and cover greater distances in search of food,” Roe said.  “This activity makes vehicle collisions with deer all but inevitable.

“For the sake of public safety, the Game Commission is asking motorists to watch for deer and to drive defensively after dark and before sunrise, which is when deer are most active.  Your efforts can help to keep accidents to a minimum, which, in turn, will reduce or eliminate hardships to your family and other Pennsylvanians.” For more…



HARRISBURG – Following up on his commitment to make the workings of the Board of Game Commissioners more open and transparent, Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners President Ralph A. Martone today announced that the Board will be holding a public working group meeting on Tuesday, May 29.  The meeting, which will begin at 8 a.m., will be held in the auditorium of the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, just off the Progress Avenue exit of Interstate 81. For more….


New Jersey

Opening Day Angler Survey Results

May 22, 2012

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has been conducting angler (or sometimes referred to as “creel”) surveys since 2004 on the opening day of trout season in April. This type of survey also referred to as an “On-Site Creel Survey” because surveys or interviews are conducted at the time and location the angler is fishing.

Angler surveys enable the Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries to gather information about angler success, fishing preferences, interests, and attitudes not only about trout stocking but also about the Division’s Freshwater Fishery program. The intent of this type of data is to provide the Division with information to better understand anglers, provide better service, and ultimately improve fishing throughout New Jersey. For more…


(12/P59) TRENTON – The 100th anniversary of the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery in Warren County will be celebrated with an open house for the public on June 2-3, with visitors to get a behind-the-scenes look at the storied facility that for the past century has raised a wide variety of species to benefit anglers across the state. For more…

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