NYLON – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) highly recommends bear as ‘excellent table fare.’
According to a press release from DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos, early bear seasons are staring up statewide. In Livingston County, this means an early bowhunting season starts Oct. 1. A full list of NYS deer and bear hunting seasons is available here.
“Because of the likelihood of warm weather, hunters should be prepared to skin and cool harvested bears as soon as possible to protect the quality of the meat,” said the press release. “Hunters may opt to skin and quarter the bear in the field, then pack out the meat in game bags to a waiting cooler of ice.”
The release went on.
“From roasts, stews, burger, and sausage to barbequed ribs, bear meat makes excellent table fare,” said the release. “Also, many hunters render bear fat into grease or lard, which is a great oil for cooking or baking. It can also be used to waterproof leather or lubricate patches for muzzleloaders.”
DEC regulates black bear hunting to manage populations levels and limit the frequency of human-bear conflicts. Information about black bear hunting in New York, including season dates regulations, is available on DEC’s website. Additionally, DEC’s booklet Hunting the Black Bear in New York (PDF, 800 KB), includes tips on bear hunting and proper care of harvested bears.
Hunters are reminded that reporting their harvest helps DEC better manage New York’s wildlife populations and hunting opportunities: TAKE IT, TAG IT, REPORT IT.
“Black bears are an important and natural component of New York’s ecosystem, and early black bear hunting seasons are a critical tool for managers to control and maintain healthy bear populations across the state,” said Seggos. “Bears are feeding heavily this time of year, gorging on wild nuts and berries and corn in the field if they can find it. Hunters can increase the odds of finding a bear by keying in on concentrated natural food sources.”
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