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Highlights of Changes

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Highlights of Changes for 2016–2017

Revisions to Fisher Trapping Season

Regulations were recently adopted that will:

  • Reduce the fisher trapping season from 46 days to 30 days in selected Adirondack Wildlife Management Units (WMUs);
  • Establish a limited 6-day open trapping season (no bag limit) in selected WMUs in Central/Western New York to provide new opportunities for sustainable use of this natural resource;
  • Require licensed trappers who pursue fisher to obtain a free permit from their regional wildlife office;

Rifles in Albany and Livingston Counties

Legislation has passed that will allow the use of rifles to hunt big game in Albany County for two more years, and to allow rifles to hunt big game in Livingston County permanently.

PENDING Updates to Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

At the time of press, regulations are pending that would:

  • Allow junior hunters to take bear as well as deer during the youth firearms hunt;
  • Rescind an antlerless-only requirement established in 2015 during portions of the bow and muzzleloader season in some Wildlife Management Units (WMUs);
  • Reduce the take of antlerless deer in WMUs 6F and 6J by allowing hunters to only take antlered deer during the early muzzleloader season;
  • Clarify that bow/mz either-sex and antlerless-only deer tags may both be used during either bow or muzzleloader seasons by properly licensed hunters.

Check DEC’s website for the latest regulation changes before heading afield this fall.