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Message from the Governor

NY Open for Fishing and Hunting

Dear Conservationist, I am pleased to share with you the new Hunting and Trapping Regulations and Guide, featuring all the information you need to plan and enjoy a productive season.

Inside are changes that reflect the results of many years of field study, input from sportsmen and sportswomen, and dedicated work by many people on behalf of New York’s natural resources. Thank you for purchasing the licenses that help support this work and make habitat improvement projects possible. Without this great support from you, we simply would not have the rich diversity and abundant wildlife populations and habitat we all enjoy. Certainly, you are all partners — anglers, hunters and trappers, in this important work.

New York has some of the best hunting and trapping areas in the nation and, in 2013, hunters in the state spent approximately $1.6 billion dollars on all hunting-related expenditures. Under our NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, this year’s budget provides $8 million for State land access projects, which builds upon the $6 million provided last year for 50 new projects to improve access to approximately 380,000 acres of existing State lands for recreation, including boat launches, bird-watching areas, trails and hunting blinds.

In addition, the 2015–16 budget creates a new capital account which, along with federal Pittman-Robertson funds, will be used to manage, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat, and to improve and develop public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation.

This year, New York State is launching the “New York Young Forest Initiative,” a multi-year effort to ensure at least 10 percent of the forested landscape on each Wildlife Management Area is kept as young forest in perpetuity. New York will dedicate 18 new DEC biologists and foresters to the initiative which will be good for wildlife, and for those who enjoy hunting, trapping, bird watching, and wildlife photography.

Thanks to New York’s active sporting community, game species are thriving, and we are dedicated to making it easier than ever to go afield and enjoy hunting and trapping.

Hunting and trapping are traditions that are often passed on through the generations. To introduce the next generation to pleasures of the sport, New York State will once again host a Youth Deer Hunt over Columbus Day Weekend, October 10–12, 2015. More information on New York’s youth trapper and hunter programs is on Special Seasons Designated for Young Hunters. By teaching a new generation to enjoy the outdoors, we will continue New York’s strong conservation legacy.

Best wishes for a safe and successful season,

Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor, State of New York

On a personal note: Best wishes to
Gordon Batcheller, DEC’s Chief Wildlife Biologist, who retired earlier this year after 34 years of service to New York State! New York is a great state to hunt, fish and trap because of dedicated sportsmen like him!

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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