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Dear Conservationist,

Thank you for making 2013 one of the most safe and successful hunting seasons in history. New York’s sportsmen and sportswomen carry on a rich tradition of good environmental stewardship and sound wildlife management. As we enter a new hunting season we hope that you pass on these great traditions to the next generation, teaching our young people how to be safe and responsible sportsmen and sportswomen.

To thank you for your commitment to New York’s great outdoors, we have worked hard to make your hunting and fishing experience here even better by simplifying the license structure, reducing license fees, improving access to fishing locations and increasing hunting opportunities in our State.

To further support this initiative, this year’s State budget includes $6 million in NY Works funding to create 50 new land and water access projects to connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands. These 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas. In addition, the 2014–15 budget includes $4 million to repair the state’s fish hatcheries and allows for expanded use of crossbows for hunting in New York State.

With your support, this year’s budget also reduces certain short-term fishing licenses fees; increases the number of authorized statewide free fishing days to eight from two; allows DEC to offer ten days of promotional prices for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses; and authorizes free Adventure Plates for new lifetime license holders, discounted Adventure Plates for existing lifetime license holders and regular fee Adventure Plates for annual license holders.

Of course, we want to do even better. That’s why earlier this year, I asked DEC Commissioner Joe Martens to meet with representatives of local sportsmen’s groups throughout the State. We wanted to hear your concerns and your suggestions for how we could further improve hunting and fishing opportunities in years to come.

Once again, thank you and best wishes for a safe and adventurous sporting season.

Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor, State of New York

Regulations in red are new this year.

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