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Message from the Commissioner

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Enjoy Your Time Afield and Report Your Harvest

Dear Fellow Conservationist:

As you venture afield this hunting season, take a few minutes to stop, look around, take a deep breath, and soak it all in. New York’s natural resources abound, and we all know that hunting is not just about the hunt – it’s about ritual, history, and the experience in the natural world.

Time spent outside in New York’s fields, wetlands, and forests is time exceptionally well-spent. Fostering these traditions is at the heart of our conservation efforts in the state. Shared hunting experiences are some of the best ways to introduce a new generation of hunting enthusiasts to the sport, and I encourage you to take a friend, family member, neighbor, or acquaintance with you the next time you go hunting in the season ahead.

Whether you enjoy wildlife from the ground, a blind, tree stand, canoe, or kayak, DEC is working to make those experiences more enjoyable and accessible through sound wildlife management, habitat enhancement, and improved public access to our state lands and waters.

NY Works funding coupled with Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration funds are being used to enhance your access opportunities. We’ve recently completed several new projects including: new parking and trailhead on Saratoga State Forest; new parking area and road improvements at Saddles State Forest; accessible parking, trail and hunting blind at Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area (WMA); and a new bridge over Bone Dry Creek at Allegheny Reservoir WMA. These are just a few examples of the many projects we completed in the last two years, and we have many more coming up in the year ahead!

Please visit DEC’s website for information on where to go to enjoy New York’s great outdoors: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/82098.html.

As a hunter, one of the best ways you can assist in our management efforts is to ensure that you and any members of your hunting party report your harvest. All hunters who successfully take a deer, bear or turkey are required to report their harvest within seven days of taking the animal. DEC’s dedicated and skilled staff use your harvest information to manage New York’s wildlife populations. Hunters can also participate in DEC’s grouse and woodcock hunting log, bow hunter sighting log, and summer turkey brood count programs. The more people we have contributing data, the easier it is for us to make accurate management decisions, so please remember to report your harvest.

Best of luck to you in the upcoming season, and I hope to see you out and about enjoying the wilds of New York.

Basil Seggos

Commissioner

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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