Message from the Governor

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Hunting and Trapping in New York –
An Adventure NY Tradition

New York is home to an abundance of big game, small game, and furbearer resources popular with our state’s more than 600,000 resident and non-resident hunters and trappers. With millions of acres of habitat and nearly 5 million acres of open public land, there is a destination and an opportunity for nearly everyone to take to the fields and forests and enjoy New York’s great outdoors.

For many, hunting and trapping means time afield with family and friends. For others it is a chance to reconnect with nature and take part in the age-old traditions of sustainable enjoyment of New York’s abundant natural resources. As the world becomes increasingly disconnected with nature, hunting and trapping provide a cherished opportunity to get outside.

New York’s strong network of volunteer hunter education instructors have a remarkable track record of instilling safe and ethical practices in our hunters. The 2018 hunting seasons matched the lowest on record for hunting accidents, but tragically not without preventable incidents. I urge all hunters to always keep safety foremost on their minds. Wearing hunter orange or pink will help make you visible to other hunters.

The 2019–20 Hunting and Trapping Guide has a wealth of information to keep you informed about the rules and regulations governing the hunting and trapping of wildlife. Within these pages you will also find information about wildlife management, hunter safety, and alternative ammunition choices, along with updates and articles to help you enjoy your time outdoors.

New York is making significant investments to safeguard our shared environment and improve access to state lands. Launched in 2017, the Adventure NY initiative is making strategic investments in new lands and infrastructure to promote outdoor recreation, conserve wildlife, and protect land for healthy and resilient ecosystems. And whether you hike, paddle, birdwatch, or camp, New York’s outdoors have something for everyone. I encourage you to take a daughter, son, spouse, or friend along, be a mentor, and instill an appreciation for our environment.

I wish you all safe and successful seasons as you carry on the tradition of spending time afield in pursuit of the abundant game species that New York has to offer. I further hope you will introduce someone new to hunting and trapping and foster their appreciation for the magnificent natural resources of the great state of New York.

Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor, New York State