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Message from the Governor

Fall will soon be here, providing a great opportunity for New York’s hunters and trappers to enjoy days afield with family and friends or the quiet solitude of a wild place.

For many outdoor adventurers in rural New York, hunting season is a long-cherished tradition and a chance to spend time with others to reconnect with nature. But opportunities also abound close to the urban and suburban places many New Yorkers call home.

From waterfowl hunting on Long Island, to hunting deer in the Lake Plains, Finger Lakes goose hunting, and pursuing pheasants and other small game on Wildlife Management Areas across the State, New York has something nearby for everyone.

Before heading afield, I encourage hunters to review firearm safety rules and to always put safe practices first. New York has the oldest hunter safety program in the nation and our dedicated team of DEC staff and volunteer instructors continue to instill safe, ethical behavior to everyone participating in our hunting and trapping seasons.

Enjoy your time afield this year. Be safe, stay healthy, and enjoy success, whether it is measured in the game you harvest or in the time you spend with family and friends.

Governor Kathy Hochul