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10-02-2010, 06:07 AM
It's harvest time for hunters, anglers
By KEN MORAN

Last Updated: 6:34 AM, October 1, 2010



The fall always has been the time of harvest, and now is the time for outdoorsmen to stock their freezers.

Saltwater fishing is starting to peak as bass and blues move along the beaches. The blackfish season opens today to give bottom fishermen another species to fill their coolers along with the sea bass.

Remember, you only can take porgies in New York waters if you are fishing aboard a party or charter.

In the New York Bight, the albies are still around and being caught in Jamaica Bay. And there have been sea bass to four pounds taken on the reefs.

Montauk is wild right now, with bass all over the beaches around the lighthouse.

The big-game hunting season is under way, with bow season already having begun in the Adirondacks. And it starts today in Suffolk County.

If you are hunting in Suffolk County you can use the regular-season deer tag, special season either-sex or antlerless tag, or DMP tags, but all deer hunting during the Suffolk County regular season is with bow-hunting equipment only. Bonus tags also are available to hunters who take an antlerless deer on a DMP.

For all hunters the DMP application deadline is today.

You can report you deer, bear or turkey on the DEC's website, just follow the links from the home page at www.dec.ny.gov (http://www.dec.ny.gov/) for the harvest reporting system.

For New Jersey bow-hunters, the season starts tomorrow. Last season, bow-hunting regulations were changed in the Garden State to allow the use of crossbows and to permit Sunday bow deer hunting on Wildlife Management Areas and private property. This season, the bow-hunting safety zone distance was reduced from 450 feet to 150 feet through the Bowhunting Safety Zone Perimeter Bill.

Also, New Jersey trout anglers should be aware that Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that the start date for fall stocking of trout has been postponed from Oct. 5 to Oct 12 because of high stream temperatures, which are currently 14 to 18 degrees warmer than the 52-degree hatchery water.

In New York, a bill has been passed to allow the use of crossbows, but now until 2011 and not during the bow season. To help explain the details of the new law, the state set up a web page at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/68802.html. (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/68802.html.)

ken.moran@nypost.com