New York Hunting News

New York DEC Police Ticket Dozens for Deer Poaching

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) police officers recently concluded a blanket deer taking enforcement detail in the Capital Region and surrounding areas in conjunction with the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, DEC announced today.

New York DEC Announces Nov. 19 Opening of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

The 2011 regular deer and bear hunting seasons open at sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 19 in New York's Southern Zone, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The two big game seasons close at sunset on Sunday, Dec. 11.

New York DEC Announces Early Bow Season in the Southern Zone and Early Muzzleloader Season in the Northern

Hunters Also Reminded: New Antler Restriction Law in Part of the Catskills

The 2011-2012 Southern Zone bowhunting season and Northern Zone muzzleloader season for deer and bear begin at sunrise on Saturday, October 15. The Southern Zone includes most of upstate New York outside of the Northern Zone, except for Westchester County. The Northern Zone, generally includes the Adirondacks, the Tug Hill Plateau, the eastern Lake Ontario plain, and the Champlain and St. Lawrence valleys.

New York DEC Warns Motorists to be Alert for Moose in the Adirondacks

Motorists should be especially alert for moose on roadways in the Adirondacks and surrounding areas at this time of year, warns the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Early fall is the breeding season for moose in northern New York. During this time moose are wandering looking for mates, leading them to areas where they are not typically seen. While this improves the opportunities for people to enjoy sighting of a moose, it also increases the danger of colliding with one on the roadway.

New York Hunters Needed to Help Monitor Small Game Species

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today encouraged hunters to participate in two surveys for popular game species during this fall's hunting seasons.

New York Exams for Leashed Tracking Dog Handlers - August 19th

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that the examination for individuals interested in obtaining a license to use leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals is scheduled for Friday, August 19, from 10:00 AM until noon at designated DEC regional offices across the state.

New York DEC Releases Deer Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that a proposed five-year deer management plan is now available for public review and comment.

New York Considers Allowing Crossbow Use for Big Game Hunting

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced proposed regulation changes that will allow the use of crossbows for big game hunting and eliminate a permit requirement for certain physically disabled hunters to use special archery equipment during any big game or small game hunting season.

New York Considers Opening New Bear Hunt Areas

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced proposed changes that would open new areas east of the Hudson River to black bear hunting and establish uniform bear hunting season dates across the Southern Zone beginning in the 2011 hunting season.

New York Turkey Hunting Set to Open May 1st

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today reminded hunters that the 2011 spring turkey season opens on May 1 in all of upstate New York lying north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, and that the annual Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend is set for April 23-24. The youth turkey hunt is open in all of upstate New York and for the first time ever, will be open in Suffolk County.