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December 24, 2010 - Field Notes

Noteworthy News from the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources

Significant Notes

  • 2011 Recreational Marine Fishing License.
    Time to purchase your annual recreational marine fishing license for the New Year. At a cost of only $10, you can purchase your license for your recreational saltwater fishing adventures from January 1 to December 31, 2011. One, three and seven day licenses, as well as lifetime licenses are also available for purchase. Visit the DEC website for questions and information on purchasing New York's recreational marine fishing license.
  • Commercial Quota Trip Limit Changes for Summer Flounder.
    The summer flounder weekly trip limit has been raised to 1,750 pounds as of December 21, 2010. This limit will remain in effect until December 31, 2010. Please note that the summer flounder weekly trip limit is only for participants that have been permitted by the DEC. For questions or concerns contact the Bureau of Marine Resources by email or by phone at 631-444-5621. Visit the DEC website for additional commercial trip limit regulations.

Fish and Game Season Reminders

Fish (Saltwater)

-December 31, 2010-

  • Final Day for Recreational Black Sea Bass Fishing.
    Visit the DEC website to view other saltwater fishing opportunities.

Migratory Waterfowl

*Please remember that all licensed waterfowl hunters must register with the Harvest Information Program (HIP) and have a federal migratory bird/duck stamp; details on this and additional information can be found in the migratory waterfowl hunting regulations and license requirements

-December 26, 2010-

  • Snow Goose, Duck, Coot, and Merganser Hunting Re-Opens in Western Zone and will continue through January 9, 2011 (review bag limits).
  • Final Day for Duck, Coot and Merganser Hunting in the Southeastern Zone.
  • Canada Geese Hunting Re-opens in South and West Central Zones. View the 2010-11 Canada geese hunting webpage to identify the appropriate hunting zone and season bag limits.

-December 29, 2010-

  • Final Day to Hunt Snow Geese in the Lake Champlain Hunting Zone.

-December 31, 2010-

  • Final Day to Hunt Snow Geese in the Northeastern Hunting Zone.
    Hunting for snow geese will re-open in this area on February 24, 2011.

Small Game

-December 31, 2010-

  • Final Day to Hunt Pheasant in Long Island and North-Western and North-Central Areas.
    View the season map to identify zones that will be closing.
  • Final Day to Hunt Bobwhite Quail in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
    View the season map to identify zones that will be closing.
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Successful hunters must report take on deer, bear and turkey within 7 days. (On November 17, 2010, regulations extended the reporting deadline from 48 hours to 7 days). Simply report your take online or call toll-free at 1-866-GAME-RPT (1-866-426-3778).

Big Game

-December 31, 2010-

  • Final day of Regular Deer Hunting Season in Suffolk and Westchester Counties.
    View the Deer Season Map to identify hunting area boundaries that will be closing. The special firearms season for Suffolk County will start on January 3, 2011.

Get all available hunting dates by visiting the Hunting Seasons webpage.

Did You Know...?

Frozen wood frog
A frozen wood frog (Rana sylvatica)
~Photo credit: Carleton University
(link leaves DEC website)~

Wood frogs can survive the frigid winters by producing natural antifreeze, or high concentrations of glucose in their bodies to protect their vital internal organs from freezing. The frog stops breathing and its heart stops beating, but in the spring as temperatures warm above freezing, the frog will thaw out and be fully active again!

Read more about how amphibians and reptiles survive the winter

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! From the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources.

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