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Moose in New York

Moose are protected in New York and cannot be hunted. DEC and its research partners are currently compiling results from a multi-year research project and a series of public surveys to better understand the status of New York State’s moose population, moose health, factors that influence moose survival and reproductive rates, and to better understand the public’s experience with moose and desires for future moose populations. The goal of the study and surveys is to gather information to develop a moose management plan for New York State.

Report Your Moose Sightings

If you have seen a moose, DEC wants to know about it. Your observations help DEC track moose distribution in New York. To report a moose sighting, go to

Hunt Safe — Hunt Smart

  • Assume every gun to be loaded.
  • Control the muzzle, point in a safe direction.
  • Keep finger off the trigger until firing.
  • Be sure of your target and beyond.
  • Wear hunter orange.