Yonkers firearms producer shuttered amid New York trade pattern – Poughkeepsie Journal

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Bill Conners, Outdoors
Published 6:01 a.m. ET Nov. 5, 2020 | Updated 6:43 a.m. ET Nov. 5, 2020

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The latest casualty in News York’s poor relationship with firearms manufacturers is Kimber Arms.

Remington Arms, located in Ilion, Herkimer County, had previously filed for bankruptcy and was subsequently sold off in pieces, forcing hundreds of workers on to the unemployment line. Remington had been battling New York over regulatory issues since 2013 and several other states had been making overtures to company officials, encouraging them to relocate the company’s operations to their state.

Now, several hundred more jobs have been lost to Troy, Alabama because Kimber is shuttering its Yonkers facility.

 (Photo: Getty Images)

Along with its manufacturing operations, Kimber will also be relocating its corporate headquarters from New York to Alabama. Kimber had moved some of its operation last year. The company has announced that it will hire 366 workers to fill position in its new state-of-the-art, 225,000 square foot facility in Troy.

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Remington Arms Gun Company picked apart in bankruptcy

Laid off factory workers and their supporters march along First Street in Ilion Wednesday with Remington Arms Co. at their back. (Photo: JON RATHBUN / TIMES TELEGRAM)

Kimber is not an old manufacturer as gun companies go, but the company has developed a client base that includes the USA Shooting Team, LAPD SWAT and U.S. Marines assigned to Central Command. The company also espouses to be the world’s largest producer of 1911 pistols.  

Remington and Kimber are not the only casualties. Following passage of New York’s SAFE Act — the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 at least two the manufacturers pulled up stakes, American Tactical Imports and Kahr Arms. They moved their operations to South Carolina and Pennsylvania, respectively.

The Remington Arms Co. plant in Ilion, New York. Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (Photo: Georgie Silvarole/USA TODAY Network New York)

Hard freeze may cut deer losses

The hard freeze that deer hunters had been hoping for arrived in the Hudson Valley over the weekend. Whether or not it arrived in time to save many of the deer not already lost to Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease remains to be seen.

In early September, EHD was first detected in Putnam County and has since spread to Westchester, Dutchess Orange, Rockland, Columbia, and Green counties. Fortunately, the damages have been concentrated in the mid- to lower-Hudson Valley.

Bowhunters are reporting that they are not seeing the number of deer that they normally would encounter during the early season. Although, expectations are always high so the best gage will be the end of season harvest reports.

If it is any consolation, the early bear in the Catskills has yielded a possible bumper crop of black bears. Again, the Department of Environmental Conservation’s harvest reports following the close of the season will provide the data to determine if there is a new record or just a healthy harvest.

Until the counts are done it’s anyone’s guess as to how things are actually going. I strongly suggest that deer hunters hold on to their Deer Management Permits until later in the season so that they can make an informed decision about filling them at all.

DEC will not be declaring a moratorium on using the permits that were issued when hunters purchased their Big Game Licenses. I would have encouraged the powers that be to ask hunters to not use them, but what will probably happen is the 2020 harvest reports will be used to reduce the number of DMPs issued for the 2021 deer season.

I’m also still encouraging hunters to report sick or dead deer that they when afield. Here in Region 3 call 845-256-3098 and make a report on the number that you found, and where you found them. 

Striped bass regulation change

When the 2020 Striped Bass Season closes at the end of November, the use of traditional fishing hooks — called “J” hooks — will be no longer be allowed in New York state waters.

After presenting several options and seeking stakeholder input during 2019, New York adopted state fishing regulation changes that reflect Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Addendum VI measures. The addendum requires all states to require the use of circle hooks when fishing with bait starting with the 2021 striped bass fishing season. According to fisheries managers, catch-and-release practices contribute significantly to overall fishing mortality and circle hooks work effectively to reduce release mortality in the recreational striped bass fisheries. Anglers were encouraged to use non-offset circle hooks in 2020 when using bait, but their use will no longer be encouraged, it will now be mandatory.

The adoption of slot limits and circle hooks are intended to reduce state commercial and recreational harvests by 18%, as required by the commission. Recreational striped bass seasons start on April 1 in the Hudson River and in tributaries north of the George Washington Bridge, and on April 15 in marine waters south of the bridge, through New York Harbor and along the Long Island coast.

Bill Conners of the Federation of Fish and Game Clubs writes on outdoors issues. Email: conners@billconners.net

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