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For some time there have been major changes in the work of New York sportsmen. We’ve waited until now to share them because of, say, memory loss. As athletes, we often tend to “Forget,” or as RJ reminds me, let things get away from me, so to speak.

The most opportune, comes into force from April 1st. NYSDEC has made some changes to fishing dates, sizes, and creel limits that we all need to understand. Effective April 1, rainbow trout, brown trout and splake season for lakes and ponds is now open year-round, with a daily limit of five fish, regardless of fish size. cut. A “not more than two inches by more than 12 inches” harvest rule applies. Atlantic salmon now has a year-round open season across the state. Ice fishing is permitted on all New York waters unless expressly prohibited. The previous rules remain in effect in Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington counties.

Along with the changes for trout, stocking of trout has been announced, weather permitting. Bear Lake will receive rainbow trout and brown trout, Canadaway Creek will also receive brown trout and rainbow trout, while Cassadaga Creek will receive 773 9“-ten” rainbow trout and brown trout 12“-15,” and local favorite Clay Pond will receive 100 brown trout 12“-15” and 300 rainbows. In the town of Gerry, Mill Creek will see 473 9“-ten” rainbow and 53 brown trout, Goose Creek in the Town of North Harmony will currently be stocking through the first part of May with 1,454 rainbow trout throughout the stocking period and with 2,500 brown trout during the same period from 9“-15”. Conewango Creek in the town of Villenova will host rainbow and speckled trout.

A statewide minimum size limit for crappie has been increased from 9 inches to 10 inches, and the statewide daily harvest limit for sunfish has been reduced from 50 to 25 fish. . The statewide season opener for walleye, northern pike, northern pike and tiger muskellunge will now be May 1. Muskie opening day will be June 1st. The DEC will allow muskellunge fishing beginning the last Saturday in May to accommodate fishing trips previously this year only. A new statewide opening day for the largemouth and smallmouth bass regular season will take place on June 15.

As for changing an opening date instead of the first Saturday in May or third Saturday in June, that’s something that makes sense to me. These changes have been an uphill battle for those of us who have been pushing for them for years, but when it comes to angler hospitality and conservation, these changes will make a difference on all fronts.

Now let’s talk about the lunatics in the room. It seems a few of our elected officials in Albany have found another way to deal with gun violence.

A new bill to address gun violence was recently introduced by two New York state elected officials, a state senator and a US state congresswoman. A bill in the New York Legislature would create a tax on ammunition. It seems State Sen. Andrew Gounardes of Brooklyn and Congressman Pat Fahy of Albany have had a new idea for studying and combating gun violence.

With the introduction of Bill S.8415, a tax of 2 cents per round would be imposed on ammunition caliber .22 or smaller, and 5 cents per round on larger ammunition. Buried in the bill is the fact that the tax would be reviewed and adjusted every year.

According to the two downstate Democrats, they’ve stumbled upon a magic bullet to stop gun violence. They want to tax ammunition buyers on every round of ammunition purchased in New York State.

Now I’m just an old man who saw the day where he could bring his .22 to school and the school actually had an indoor shooting range, where the students learned how to properly handle firearms , but the teachers had years of experience and training. Then we put our firearms either in a safe at school or in the trunk of our vehicle. This comes from a guy who proudly carried an NYS concealed carry permit for just under four decades. And it also comes from an old man who was lucky enough to be part of the hunts of his children and other young hunters when they caught their first wild game.

Some will say that I live in a world that is long gone. Well, if so, so be it, but thank goodness I and millions of other humans walking this great planet have been blessed with a little common sense.

Using common sense, I did some research. This is not to prove one side right or wrong, but just to clarify this life-changing, life-saving, life-changing idea/bill. According to the bill’s co-sponsors Goudardes and Fahy, the revenue from the tax would be dedicated to preventing gun violence. Again, coming from the eyes of an old man who is not politically savvy, how is this going to work? Will there be a study?

Will they do interviews with people who are involved in gun violence? I don’t know what Bill S.8415 will accomplish, but regardless, I can all but guarantee what it will accomplish. Nothing.

So here’s how S.8415 breaks down. The proposed bullet/ammo tax will apply to each cartridge purchased in New York State. To me, that sounds like the same tax NYS residents pay on alcohol, tobacco sales, and fuel. I would ask how it works.

Gonardes calls the bill a “Fact-Based Approach” save lives and bring peace to our communities.“He calls the research program funded by the bill a means of”help develop smart and effective policies.

Thank goodness not all Albany lawmakers have lost their common sense. In fact, New York State Senator Pamela Helming recently said, “Senate Democrats are proposing an additional ammunition sales tax to fund the state’s gun violence program. It is a bad bill and I strongly oppose it.

“If we want to end gun violence and violent crime, we need to focus on holding criminals accountable and supporting law enforcement. Why should our law-abiding sportsmen and women, our hunters, our rod and gun clubs pay more when they are criminals breaking the law? »

Again, I’m not a politician or law enforcement expert, but it seems to me that taxing law-abiding citizens won’t do much to solve this problem. Good old fashioned common sense should be used by the people of Albany who are elected and paid to make these decisions.

There is a problem with gun violence all over America today. I do not dispute this point. Although the problem has no simple solution, it seems to me that there are better ways to fight this battle.

Instead of calling it gun violence, maybe we should rename it gang violence. You don’t have to look far from home to see what is happening and why. Let’s try to tackle the problem rather than what some think is the source.

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