Highlights of Changes for 2017–2018
New York Hunting
American Black Duck
After more than 30 years of a 1-bird daily bag limit for black ducks, duck hunters will have an opportunity for a 2-black duck daily bag limit in 2017.
Bobcat Hunting & Trapping
Hunters and trappers pursuing bobcats in the “Harvest Expansion Area” (HEA; Wildlife Management Units 3R, 3S, 4A, 4F, 4O, 5R, 6R, 6S, 7S, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X, and 9Y) are no longer required to obtain a special permit, complete a hunting/trapping log, or submit the skull/jaw of bobcats they harvest. Please note that hunters and trappers pursuing bobcats in the HEA must still have a hunting or trapping license and must have harvested bobcats pelt-sealed by DEC staff.
Reminder for Fisher Trapping Season
Last year, following completion of the New York State Fisher Management Plan, regulations were adopted to: (1) reduce the fisher (and marten) trapping season from 46 days to 30 days in select Adirondack Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in the Northern Zone; (2) establish a 6-day fisher trapping season in selected WMUs in Central/Western New York; and (3) require a free special permit for all fisher trapping. For more information on how to obtain a free, special permit for fisher trapping.
DEC has adopted a regulation permanently closing the diamondback terrapin season, effective June 4, 2018. The final diamondback terrapin season will be open from August 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018, with licenses expiring June 4, 2018.
PENDING Legislation Regarding Use of Rifles
At the time of press, legislation was pending that would affect the use of rifles in Broome, Genesee, Orleans, Schenectady and Seneca counties. Please check DEC’s website for the latest regulation changes before heading afield this fall. Go to www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/35010.html