Hits & Misses: Safe Hunting in New York, Bird Flu Concerns, Summer Is Not Far Away | Editorial

TO HIT: Hunting seasons in New York State last year were the safest on record.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation said the eight injuries and one death it investigated in 2021 were the lowest number of such incidents since the start of the hunter education program in the state. DEC in 1949. Because all of the shooters involved were experienced, the DEC said the shootings could have been prevented if everyone followed the rules. An encouraging sign is that none of the incidents involved young hunters, so they are apparently being taught the proper way to hunt with firearms and crossbows. The DEC has an online resource for more information about its hunter education program, and we encourage hunters to check it out.

MISS: A virus with the potential to devastate the poultry industry has been confirmed in New York State.

The state Department of Agriculture and Markets recently reported that some birds on Long Island have tested positive for avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu. The Suffolk County flock has been quarantined and the birds will not enter the food system, officials said. At least 11 other states have reported cases of bird flu and authorities are urging poultry farmers to step up biosecurity measures to control the spread. Bird flu killed 50 million chickens and turkeys in the United States in 2015. Farms that find sick or dead birds should contact Ag and Markets at (518) 457-3502 or the USDA at (866) 536- 7593.

TO HIT: With winter storms continuing to slap us with wind and snow, it’s nice to see some reminders that warmer weather will eventually arrive.

A steady flurry of recent New York State Fair announcements assures us that there will be plenty of affordable live music nearby this summer, with acts for fans of all types of music. Rap superstar Nelly is one of the shows announced so far. It drew around 33,000 fans last time it was in town and is sure to be a big hit again this year. As you shovel your front step this weekend, be warmed by the thought that summer concert season is upon us.

Citizen’s editorial board includes President and Director of Local Sales and Marketing Michelle Bowers, Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Boyer and Editor-in-Chief Mike Dowd.