New York DEC Seeks Input from Disabled Hunters

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today announced that the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources is undertaking a comprehensive review of hunting and fishing recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. This review of hunting and angling opportunities for people with disabilities will help DEC assess current opportunities as well as future needs.

"New York State has a rich hunting and fishing heritage that should be available to all people who enjoy hunting on a crisp fall morning or wetting a line in a crystal clear lake," said Commissioner Grannis. "We are looking for recommendations to make these opportunities even better."

With proper permits and licenses, people with disabilities can now access certain state lands to hunt and fish via roads and trails designated accessible. Boat launches and fishing sites across New York provide additional recreational opportunities.

As the population ages and life expectancy increases, hunters and anglers with disabilities will increase, prompting a need for greater access. This outreach effort is intended to determine how the state can better accommodate all hunters and anglers with disabilities.

DEC is seeking input about existing programs, licenses, permits, and accommodations to better meet the needs of hunters and anglers with disabilities. New ideas are welcomed, as are comments regarding the availability and delivery of information for hunters and anglers with disabilities. Hunters and anglers interested in submitting comments can contact the Department by mail, phone, or e-mail. The comment period will end August 8, 2007.

By Mail:
Kelly Stang
NYSDEC
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754
By Phone:
(518) 402-8862
By E-mail:
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us (Type "Access Input" in the subject line)