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A message from the Commissioner

Martens80sm_opt_opt.pngFish and wildlife means business! The numbers are clear: when New Yorkers and visiting outdoor enthusiasts go afield to fish, hunt, or trap, they help drive New York’s economy.

Based on surveys by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hunting and fishing contribute $855 million dollars in direct economic activity to our state, and when you include lodging, food and fuel it totals $1.6 billion dollars. This spending creates real jobs in rural communities that increasingly depend on tourism to grow local small businesses. At DEC we are working hard to raise awareness of the economic benefits of fish and wildlife conservation and to increase its economic impact.

Of course, our number one job is to ensure that New York’s fish and wildlife are protected and conserved for future generations. It is also clear that with the abundance of natural resources in New York, we can do more to promote the enjoyment of outdoor activities. To that end, 
I have asked DEC biologists and wildlife managers to look for opportunities to promote hunting, fishing and trapping, as well as bird-watching, photography, and other wildlife-related recreation, including attracting more visitors from out of state and even from other countries.

New York has a lot to offer. After all, we have one of the most diverse states in the country, with abundant saltwater species, great trout and bass angling, world-class hunting and trapping, and other recreational opportunities. With the adoption of new deer hunting regulations this fall following the completion of our Statewide Deer Management Plan, New York is gaining attention as a great place to plan a hunt for white-tailed deer.

Try New York for hunting this fall, I know you’ll have a terrific experience! No place has hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational opportunities like New York. Whether you live here or are just visiting, enjoy the outdoors and pass the word that, in New York, fish and wildlife means business.


Joe Martens, Commissioner

A message from the Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources

MoserK19_opt.pngAs your new Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources, I am pleased to greet you as you consider New York’s rich outdoor heritage and your many opportunities to enjoy days in the field hunting or trapping.

For over a century, hunters and trappers have been at the forefront of wildlife conservation, and indeed New York sportsmen were pivotal in passing laws beginning in the late 1800s to establish sound conservation practices. With game populations now thriving, New York hunters and trappers continue to advocate for game policies to meet their needs and interests. You have strong opinions on a number of important issues ranging from when crossbows should be allowed, how to best manage New York’s deer herd, and how to best recruit and retain a new generation of young hunters and trappers.

Our job at the Department of Environmental Conservation is to do our best to find common ground among sportsmen, and to ensure that our laws and regulations are guided by sound conservation principles that are fair to a majority of people, while fulfilling our legal mandates to conserve wildlife for future generations. It is a hard job, but we are fortunate that New York has some of the finest biologists in the country committed to wildlife conservation. Our staff work hard for you, and all of us at DEC appreciate your dedication and enthusiasm to New York’s wildlife resources.

Today, more than ever, it is critical that New Yorkers work together to make sure we stay focused on the larger goal: conserving wildlife for future generations. The challenge for all of us is to seek not what is right for us, but what is right for the conservation leaders of tomorrow.

As you go afield this fall and winter, there is one thing you can do to protect our future: take a kid hunting or trapping and show them why conservation matters.


Kathleen Moser, Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources



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