The statewide waterfowl hunting dates for New York are out and here they are.
If you're thinking of hunting ducks, geese, or other waterfowl in New York 2016-17 then you have to know the dates and the regulations. Well you're just in time because the Empire State's DEC has just announced the final season dates!
Starting with youth hunts as soon as September and early October, and culminating in the regular season opener in each region, these are the dates that you've been waiting for.
Notable changes include the Southeast Zone opener which for the first time will occur before the Northeast Zone (October 1 compared to October 8). The "special sea duck season" in the Long Island Zone has been removed because of population concerns although sea ducks may be taken during the regular season. Here's a look at the Canada goose areas and limits.
Reminders for migratory game bird hunters include species- wild ducks, geese (Canada and snow), coot, rails, gallinules, woodcock, and snipe.
Hunters must purchase and carry a federal Migratory Waterfowl Bird Hunting Stamp that must be signed. The DEC is clear: "Duck stamps are not required of minors 12 to 15 years of age hunting migratory waterfowl in New York State."
With the season as close as September, now is the time to plan your hunt! Youth hunters especially get 'first crack' at it and rightly so. Plan on getting a young hunter ready to put a few ducks in the bag and bring home a memory that will last forever!