March can be a 'picture perfect' month

Temperatures rise and the snow melts. Robins begin arriving, and daffodils and rhubarb begin to emerge from the cool, soggy ground. It must be March. However, for all its teasing, this month is normally far from being the usher of spring-proper weather. We'll no doubt see periodic snow and colder weather before April's arrival, probably several times.

I sometimes hear groaning about this unappreciated month, usually because there's "nothing" to do outdoors. Too early for trout fishing, too late usually for ice fishing, and rabbit, squirrel and grouse seasons closed the last day of February. But for hunters, there are still crows and coyotes since those two species' seasons remain open. Crow season ends March 31, and coyote season ends March 25. While coyotes can be hunted any time, day or night, crow hunting is limited to Fridays through Mondays only (a result of a treaty with Mexico, where crows are important scavengers). Anglers might consider special regulation waters where fishing remains open. Consult the DEC fishing syllabus for a listing of those waters.



Being a transitional month between two seasons, March doesn't have much in common with our other transitional month of November, when there are all sorts of outdoor activities available to us. And since March is often noted for some of our heaviest snowfalls, it can make the arrival of spring weather seem to be approaching at a snail's pace, much to the dissatisfaction of winter-weary residents. The tease of spring-like days such as we enjoyed this week only makes it worse when another batch of cold and snow follows. But for all its warts, March is, well ... March. And we get what we get, like it or not.


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