Opening day for deer hunting with a rifle opens this Sat., Nov. 18. I am bringing this to your attention because we are lucky enough to have nearly 20,000 acres of state park land right in our backyard! Of which, about 75% of that land is open to public hunting.
Over the next several weeks there will likely be an increase in deer movement at night as the deer try to evade the people wearing orange while walking through the woods during the daytime. In addition to being more careful driving at night, I would also ask hikers to be mindful of this when hiking in the park.
ALWAYS wear blaze orange while hiking or hunting in the woods and I would strongly suggest an orange vest rather than just an orange hat – or even both!
Some interesting facts about hunting: Nearly $1.6 billion dollars collected from hunting activity (taxes and fees on licenses and equipment) goes toward wildlife conservation and parkland management. The hunting industry is solely responsible for creating and keeping more than 50,000 people employed in the Federal Fish and Wildlife agency.
Stay safe and good luck!
- L. Gives Back Fourth Annual Food Pantry Fundraiser – Fri., Nov. 24, 6-10 p.m. at the G.L. Elks Lodge.
- Friend in Need Fundraiser – , Nov. 26, 12 noon-4 p.m. at the American Legion.
- Outdoor Holiday Festival & Crafts Fair – , Dec. 2, 1–5 p.m. Food, entertainment, crafts, vendors all located in the yard of the Church of the Good Shepherd.
- Christmas Tree Lighting – Sat., Dec. 2 at sundown.
- Open Gym Night Every Mon. & Fri. – at the Middle School, 8–10 p.m. Mon: seventh to 12th graders. Friday for adults.
- L. Coalition Teen Center – Every Wednesday at the Elks: 4-6 p.m. under 13-years-old & over 13 years old, 6-8 p.m.
The above column, written by Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, has been published in the Nov. 15 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.