New York Hunting News

Bill Would Expand Hunting Opportunities
A New York Senate Bill would expand deer and bear hunting opportunities in parts of the state. Senate Bill 2326, sponsored by Sen. Dale Volker, R-Depew, would allow the use of rifles to hunt deer and bears in southern New York. In all, it would expand hunting opportunities in fourteen counties.
Black Bear Hunters Enjoy Successful Season
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced that hunters harvested 912 black bears during the State's 2002 big game hunting seasons. This figure is well above the 10-year average take of 726 bears, indicating that bear populations are doing well and that hunting opportunities in New York continue to thrive.
Record Whitetail Harvest in 2002
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced harvest results of the 2002 deer hunting seasons. The total take in the 2002 season was approximately 308,000 deer, and includes more than 128,000 bucks and nearly 180,000 antlerless deer. This is a new record high total harvest, and is approximately 9 percent higher than the 2001 take of 282,000 deer.
$250,000 in Grants For Open Space Conservation
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced $250,000 in grants and technical assistance to 24 land trust organizations across New York State as part of the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, an effort initiated last year to enhance local open space conservation programs. The program, funded through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), is being administered by the Land Trust Alliance (LTA).
Legislation to Penalize Animal Rights Terrorists Introduced in New York
New York is the second state to introduce a bill that will help prosecute animal rights terrorists. The proposal is based on a model bill created by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance.
DEC Accepting Pheasant Release Program Applications
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced that the agency is accepting applications for two cooperative programs designed to enhance opportunities for pheasant hunting in New York State.
Statewide CWD Meetings
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced a series of statewide public meetings to inform the public of measures being taken by the State to prevent the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into New York. The meetings will aid in DEC's development of permanent regulations for CWD.
Hunters Ticketed For Illegal Importing Elk
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced it has issued tickets to three hunters in Shelter Island, Suffolk County, for illegally importing elk. DEC and the State Department of Agriculture and Markets banned the importation of deer and elk to New York State in April 2002 as a precautionary step to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease into wild and farmed herds of animals in the deer family in the state.
New Chronic Wasting Disease Regulations
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a temporary regulation to prevent the introduction of chronic wasting disease (CWD) into New York State, including continuing a ban on the import of certain species of deer and elk. This is the third temporary regulation issued by DEC to protect the health and welfare of the State's wild, white-tailed deer herd.
Permit/License System Improved
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced changes regarding the purchase of sporting licenses and permits that are designed to make it easier for people to use DEC?s new automated licensing system (DECALS).