New York Hunting News

Additional Public Meeting on Deer and Bear Proposals
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)announced that an additional public meeting on deer and bear hunting in the Southern Zone will be held in Sullivan County to discuss the recently-announced proposed regulation changes and accept public comment.
DEC Releases Statistics from 2005-06 Deer Harvest
Hunters have the safest season on record. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan today announced the results of the 2005-06 deer hunting seasons, including deer harvest, information on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), and hunter safety statistics.
DEC Launching Studies to Improve Wild Turkey Management
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan announced today that DEC is preparing for the first major field assessment of wild turkey harvest management in New York since the 1970s. This is a four-year study being done in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, researchers from Pennsylvania State University, and the National Wild Turkey Federation. These studies will provide wildlife managers with current estimates of harvest rates for male wild turkeys in New York and guide future management efforts.
CWD Detected in Captive Deer Herd
The first positive case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in New York State has been confirmed in a white-tailed doe from a captive herd in Oneida County. CWD is a transmissible disease that affects the brain and central nervous system of deer and elk.
Record Bear Harvest for 2003
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced the record harvest results of the 2003 black bear hunting seasons. A total of 1,864 black bears were harvested statewide during the 2003 bear hunting seasons.
DEC Announces 617 Acres Purchased in Putnam County
The 617-acre property was purchased by the State using $2,960,800 from the Environmental Protection Fund. New York State will pay local property taxes on the parcel. The long-term management of the property will be guided by the development of a management plan by DEC that will include extensive public input.
2003 Was Safest Year Ever for Hunters
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced that 2003 was the safest year ever recorded for the nearly 700,000 sportsmen and women who hunt in New York State. The number of hunting-related injuries reported to DEC last year was 32, compared with the previous low of 43 in 2000.
Southern Zone Deer Hunting Underway
"Deer hunting is a longstanding tradition and an important part of New York's outdoor heritage. The prospects for hunting success this year are once again excellent and Southern Zone big game hunters should look forward to an enjoyable season," Commissioner Crotty said. "During the 2002 season, hunters harvested over 308,000 deer in New York. Even with last years's harsh winter, there is an estimated population of more than one million white-tailed deer in New York. I wish all hunters a safe and enjoyable time afield."
Regular Big Game Season Underway
Northern Zone big game hunting opportunities will be productive and offer enjoyable time afield for sportsmen and women. DEC reports that hunters can expect the deer population at numbers that are similar or slightly lower than last year. Northern Zone deer populations were affected by the harsh winter of 2002–03 in portions of the Adirondack region.
Sporting Licenses Available
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty announced that 2003–04 hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses and deer management permits may be purchased beginning August 18, 2003. Applicants can obtain licenses by ordering them by mail, phone, or at one of the 1,600 license sales outlets statewide.