Message from the Governor
New York Hunting
New York is blessed with an abundance of hunting opportunities, from the tip of Long Island to the shores of Lake Erie. Whether you’re looking for big game, waterfowl, upland gamebirds, small game, or furbearers, we have a season for you. This year amidst all of the challenges and pain we’ve faced with the COVID-19 crisis, time spent responsibly outdoors is an especially comforting release that is important to our physical and mental well-being. And there’s no better time to be afield than in the fall.
DEC’s 50th anniversary commemoration this year offers a great opportunity to reflect on all of the significant progress New York as made to restore healthy ecosystems and the wildlife they support. Thanks to the hard work of DEC and other state agency partners over the years, our state has made great strides in removing environmental contaminants from our lands and our waters. Bald eagles and peregrine falcons are thriving again in New York, and many of our game species have recovered and are expanding their range.
While there is much to celebrate, there is always more that we can do, especially as New York rises to take on new challenges such as invasive species and climate change. New York is up to the challenge and our hunting and trapping community will continue to play a leading role in conservation.
Each year, some 600,000 hunters and 14,000 trappers go afield in pursuit of their favorite game. DEC’s dedicated volunteer hunter education instructors have done a remarkable job of instilling safe practices in New York’s hunters. While 2019 was the safest year on record, tragic incidents still occur. These incidents are most often preventable, and it is incumbent on hunters to always put safety first.
In this year’s hunting and trapping guide you will find information to keep you legal, safe, and informed about wildlife conservation issues. I wish you all a safe, enjoyable, and successful season in New York’s magnificent great outdoors. Stay healthy, recreate responsibly, and be safe.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo