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Old 08-20-2019, 04:14 PM   #1
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Some real nice folks in this week's ranger report :)

This is crazy... some people are just scum. (And another reason we need more rangers on patrol.)

Town of Hardenburgh
Ulster County

Larceny Investigation: On August 13, Forest Ranger Robert Stratton received a call from DEC Central Dispatch about a possible larceny at Alder Lake within Balsam Lake Wild Forest. A camper's table, chairs, firewood, and food were stolen during the previous two days when he left his campsite to tend to family business. When the camper returned, he went to a neighboring campsite to ask if they saw anyone take his things. While speaking to the people at the adjacent campsite, he saw his table and chairs, and when questioned, the campers told him they were borrowing them. He then hiked to cell phone coverage and called 911 to report the incident. At roughly 9 p.m., Forest Ranger Stratton and New York State Police arrived on scene. One of the campers denied taking any material from the complainant's campsite in the initial interview, but upon further investigation, it was determined that the individual had taken firewood, food, and the table and chairs from the complainant. Forest Ranger Stratton then issued the camper a ticket and evicted him from the campsite.

Sullivan County
Campsite Inspections:
On August 18, Forest Ranger Richard Franke was patrolling and conducting inspections of occupied campsites at Hickok Brook Multiple Use Area when he observed several violations at the Hickok Brook waterfront campsite. The campsite had trash discarded in the fire ring, an axe in a tree, and fresh trees/saplings were cut down along the water's edge. Forest Ranger Franke also observed three milk jugs floating in the water which the subjects were using to catch snapping turtles by attaching leaders and hooks to the milk jugs with chicken as bait. Ranger Franke contacted DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Jason Smith and notified him of the violations for illegally pursuing protected wildlife. The subject was interviewed and ticketed after admitting to cutting down the trees. When the officers further investigated the subject, it was discovered he had an outstanding arrest warrant from Ulster County. The man was then placed into custody and transported to Greenfield Park Post Office where the officers turned him over to the Ulster County Sheriff's Department.
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Old 08-20-2019, 04:37 PM   #2
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That is crazy!
Iíd be the one getting in trouble for punching those guys in face for sure!
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:01 PM   #3
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That is crazy!
Iíd be the one getting in trouble for punching those guys in face for sure!
You mean you wouldn't patiently explain the finer details of the LNT philosophy?
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:45 PM   #4
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I didn't know snappers were protected.
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:17 PM   #5
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I didn't know snappers were protected.

Provides an overview on taking a variety of reptiles. During a turtle talk at one of the state parks we were told you canít catch and relocate any wild turtles in the state. AFAIK they arenít on a game list and arenít on the nuisance trap list.
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:01 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by dundee View Post
I didn't know snappers were protected.

The closure of the diamondback terrapin season went into effect on May 1, 2018.

The only turtle species for which there is an open hunting season is the snapping turtle. You may not harvest, take, or possess any other turtle species at any time.
ēA hunting license is required to take snapping turtles. The only legal implement for taking snapping turtles is a firearm or a bow. Snapping turtle carapace measurement
ēIf you choose to eat snapping turtles, you should carefully trim all fat and discard fat, liver, and eggs prior to cooking to reduce exposure to contaminants. For information on this health advisory, call 1-800-458-1158 or visit the New York State Department of Health website in the right column.

Open Season: July 15 through September 30

Open Area: Statewide

Size Limit: The upper shell (carapace) must measure 12 inches or longer in a straight line.

Daily Bag: 5

Season Bag: 30

Hunting Hours: Any time of the day or night."

I don't know how you would measure the carapace before you took possession of the snapper, and I don't know what you would do if it were undersize and you already shot it. Turtles, being very old when they get big, are also reservoirs for Legacy contaminants.
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