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October 22, 2010 - Field Notes

Significant Notes

  • Engage in the Sport of Falconry.
    American kestrel resting on a falconers gloved hand
    An American kestrel is a common
    raptor used in the sport of falconry.
    ~Photo courtesy of USFWS

    Interested in training a falcon, hawk or owl to hunt small game? While it is a comprehensive task to learn the skills of falconry, learning how to become a licensed falconer is as simple as reviewing the Falconry License webpage and the Falconry Pamphlet (pdf, 78.6 kb) on the DEC website. Additionally, consider attending the New York State Falconry Association (NYSFA) Annual Field Meet on November 6, 2010 in Cobleskill, NY, where you can engage with already licensed falconers and learn more about the sport of falconry. For details about the NYSFA Field Meet, visit www.nysfa.org/events.html (offsite link, leaving DEC website); for information on registering for the falconry exam and for questions or concerns about qualifying or applying for the license, contact the DEC Special Licenses Unit by e-mail or phone at 518-402-8985.

Fall Hunting

Get all available hunting dates by visiting the Hunting Seasons webpage.
  • October 25. Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Opportunities Open.
    Starting October 25, 2010, there will be multiple furbearer hunting and trapping seasons opening across the state. The list below offers a quick reference to the available opportunities. Please review the furbearer hunting regulations and trapping regulations before going afield.
    • Bobcat hunting and trapping opens for both northeastern and southeastern Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) (view the hunting map and/or trapping map for bobcat). Please remember if taking a bobcat, it must be tagged and sealed.
    • Weasel, opossum, raccoon, fox, and skunk hunting and trapping opens for all areas of the state except for Long Island and New York City WMUs (view the hunting map and/or trapping map for these species).
    • Mink and muskrat trapping opens in northern WMUs of the state (view the season map for mink and muskrat). Muskrat may also be hunted on Lake Champlain during the trapping season with a firearm not larger than a .22 caliber.
    • Fisher and marten trapping opens in northern and southeastern WMUs of the state (view the season map for fisher and marten). A special permit is required for trapping marten; please call the Warrensburg Wildlife Office at 518-623-1240 for details. Also, please remember if taking a fisher or marten, it must be tagged and sealed.
  • October 23. Upstate Canada Goose Season Opens Saturday.
    Waterfowl hunters had been anxiously waiting for last weekend, when regular Canada goose hunting seasons opened across all of upstate New York (view map), with a daily limit of 3 geese in most areas (5 in the Southern Tier). The peak of Canada goose migration has passed, but good numbers of migratory geese along with our plentiful resident Canada geese will provide for great outdoor recreation and food for the table. Duck seasons will also be open in the Western, Northeastern and Lake Champlain Zones (view bag limits).
  • October 23. Northern Zone Big Game Regular Firearm Hunting.
    This is a reminder that New York's Northern Zone deer and bear bow and muzzleloader seasons ended October 22, and transitioned over to the regular firearms season on October 23. View the Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons Map to identify open Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) before hunting.
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Please remember that reporting take on deer, bear, and/or turkey within the first 48 hours of kill is a requirement in New York State. Reporting your game take is mandatory and necessary for proper game management, to determine game harvests and to set future hunting seasons. Simply report your take online, or call toll-free at 1-866-GAME-RPT (1-866-426-3778).

Click on the icon to get started on your harvest report!

Welcoming Our Bureau Chief of Fisheries

We congratulate and welcome our newly appointed Bureau Chief of Fisheries, Phil Hulbert.
Phil received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maine at Orono in 1971 and 1973, respectively. His initial professional employment was as a Research Associate with the Migratory Fish Research Institute in the Maine Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit. Phil started with New York's DEC in 1977, working with the Coldwater Special Studies Unit in the Stamford sub-office. In 1986, he was appointed Coldwater Fisheries Unit Leader at DEC's Central Office. Since 1996, he has served as Superintendent of Fish Culture, overseeing DEC's 12 fish hatcheries and the Rome Fish Disease Control Unit (Rome Lab). He has worked on projects including evaluations of stream improvement structures, statewide creel and minimum length limits in trout streams, sea lamprey control, the statewide trout stream stocking system and manual, and the development and use of ultra-low phosphorus fish feed in DEC's fish hatchery system. A white paper he prepared on hatchery infrastructure needs in 2003 was instrumental in efforts to obtain Capital Budget appropriations for projects such as the reconstruction of broodstock ponds at Rome Lab and the construction of a new office/early rearing/visitor center building at Rome Hatchery.

Did You Know...?

bobcat resting in a tree
~Photo courtesy of USFWS

Only about twice the size of a full grown domestic housecat, the bobcat can attack and take down prey as large as an adult deer!

Read more facts about the bobcat on the DEC website!

Also, you can help DEC learn more about the distribution of bobcats in New York by reporting your observations.

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