DEC closes roads for winter as hunting season ends

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the seasonal closure of several roads for the winter, and regular season hunting has come to an end.

In its weekly Outdoor Recreation Bulletin, the DEC said O’Neill Flow Road, Minerva Club Road and Pickwickett Pond Road in the central Adirondacks have all been closed. South Meadow Lane, off Adirondack Loj Road outside Lake Placid, is also impassible due to heavy snow. The DEC also said the gate of Coreys Road, between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, was shut on Monday this week, but there is parking available at the Raquette Falls trailhead.

Snowmobile Route 538 between Newcomb and Indian Lake will be plowed for 4 miles at the southern end due to a logging operation. The DEC said snowmobilers should slow down in this area and be prepared to encounter logging trucks.

All the gates in the Essex Chain Lakes area have been closed, and gates that were locked in the Moose River Plains were opened for snowmobiling on Monday. Lake Lila Road is also closed for the season, though the road will be plowed for a logging operation.

Hunting season

The regular big-game rifle hunting season in New York’s Northern Zone came to an end on Sunday, though hunters may still be afield looking for deer during late bow season, which runs until Dec. 9.

Turkey, bear and bobcat seasons have all ended for the year, but hunting for weasel, opossum, raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote, rabbit, crow and ruffed grouse all continue through the winter. Red squirrels may be hunted at any time without limit, but gray, fox and black squirrel season ends at the end of February.