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  1. sandwick50

    2019-2020 Western zone season dates

    Sutton.....my sentiments exactly. I have asked DEC wildlife biologists about shooting migrants during the late resident season. They insist that banding data has shown that they are not migrants, they are resident molt migrators and Province of Ontario resident geese. Sorry, I don’t buy that, and I worked for the Dept my entire career. Have hunted caribou in northern Quebec many times. By mid Sept up there all the geese were on the move. The 15 bird limit ruined all the resident hunting in my area. Guys would brag they shot 90-100 geese on a given day with regularity. Now they wonder where all the geese are. Duh. The resident population here now is minuscule. That is, until the last week of the season when they miraculously show up.
  2. sandwick50


    Oops, sorry about that. Once again, behind the times.
  3. DEC News release: According to the DEC: "Fishing success is measured by 'catch rate,' which is the number of fish caught per boat trip. The catch rate for Chinook salmon during April to June 2018 set a record that was 227 percent above the previous five-year average. The catch rate for all trout and salmon species combined also surpassed the previous record high, more than 37 percent above the previous five-year average." But of course, you knew that!
  4. sandwick50

    Spring Lakers

    If no success with the browns in shallow I would like to at least catch a few fish. Everyone talks about going deeper for lakers. What kind of depth should I concentrate on? Thanks.
  5. sandwick50

    Mallard limit

    Jigger.....in regards to eastern Canada, here is a portion of the official news release: Atlantic Flyway Council and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are poised to reduce the mallard bag limit in the Atlantic Flyway from 4 to 2 birds per day starting with the 2019–2020 hunting. Mallards are managed as three distinct population units including Western (California, Oregon and Washington), Mid-continent (prairie pothole region, parklands and boreal forest) and Eastern (northeast states and eastern Canada). Bag limits and season lengths for the Atlantic Flyway are primarily influenced by the population status of eastern mallards through an adaptive harvest management (AHM) framework. Band recovery information suggests that most mallards harvested from North Carolina to eastern Canada are produced within the region. In recent years, the breeding population of mallards in eastern Canada has been stable but declining in the northeastern states especially New York and Pennsylvania. The decline is significant enough to cause the current AHM model to predict restrictive seasons in the Atlantic Flyway.
  6. sandwick50

    Mallard limit

    From what I read the mallard population in eastern Canada has remained relatively stable. It’s NY & PA where they’ve seen significant reductions in the population. And, it seems like their bag limit has always been more liberal than ours.
  7. sandwick50

    Mallard limit

    You are in fact correct. Just found this: ""Atlantic Flyway Council and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are poised to reduce the mallard bag limit in the Atlantic Flyway from 4 to 2 birds per day starting with the 2019–2020 hunting season.
  8. sandwick50

    Mallard limit

    Where did you hear that? I just found 2018-19 proposal online. Still 4 mallards, only 2 hens.
  9. sandwick50

    Any idea what kinda minnow this is?

    Good call, TC.
  10. sandwick50

    Another great hunt with friends

    Glad to hear you guys are taking the legs. Too many don’t. Great for soup and makes a wicked goose stroganoff. Nice going, Kevin.
  11. sandwick50

    Anyone panfishing yet?

    It has been a common misconception for as long as there has been panfishing that they are so prolific that you can not fish down the populations. This has been proven wrong by many fisheries biologists and researchers over the past decade. Minnesota and Wisconsin are far and away the 2 states that have been leading the charge in reducing panfish limits based on sound research. For example, one small lake in Wisconsin gets heavy pressure but consistently year after year produces the largest sized bluegills in the state. Bag limit - 5/day. Coincidence? I think not. Speaking of bluegills (my favorite), type in "sneaker male bluegills" on google search. You will find information on how these stunted male genetic clones of the big parental male takes over breeding when the parental males are removed from the spawning beds. End result, a lake full of stunted bluegills. I can name several lakes in NY where this has happened. And, once the sneakers take over a lake the quality fishing is gone, forever. When it comes to managing our panfish populations, DEC is living in the dark ages.
  12. sandwick50

    Remedy for Biting Flys

    So, the question is, what are they? They look like a common house fly, right? Stable fly, greenhead, snipe fly?
  13. sandwick50

    Seneca pumpkinseeds

    This is just a wild guess but the brown glop may be what's called "rock snot" algae. Bad stuff.
  14. sandwick50

    Back From Lac Seul

    Muskie....curious what lodge/cabins you fished from.
  15. sandwick50

    White bass