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Waterfowl Season Input

DEC annually invites waterfowl hunters to submit suggestions for the dates of upcoming waterfowl hunting seasons to regional Waterfowl Season Task Forces or DEC's waterfowl season-setting team.

DEC established hunter task forces in 1997 to get specific recommendations for duck hunting season dates for areas of the State where hunter preferences vary widely. These Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces have helped DEC establish season dates that provide equitable duck hunting opportunities for the various interests in each zone.

DEC has appointed task forces for the Western, Southeastern, Northeastern and Long Island Waterfowl Hunting Zones. The names and contact information for current year members is provided below. Each Task Force includes regional representatives from the New York State Conservation Council (NYSCC), established waterfowl hunting organizations, and individual waterfowl hunters who were chosen to provide a broad range of input. Task Force members act as representatives of all duck hunters in each zone, and they meet in spring to recommend a season for the coming year that best satisfies the diverse interests.

There is no task force for the Lake Champlain Zone because seasons there are set by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Management Board, with consultation from DEC and input from hunters in New York and Vermont. Although there is no formal task force for this zone, interested hunters may send their input directly to DEC for consideration.

Waterfowl Season Task Force meetings were held in March to provide the DEC with recommended season dates for the upcoming hunting seasons in each zone. Therefore, new suggestions for the 2016-2017 season may not be taken into consideration. Input on future season dates (2017-2018) may still be submitted for consideration. Input on hunting seasons for migratory game birds, including Canada geese, snow geese, brant, woodcock, snipe, rails and crows can be provided by e-mailing the Waterfowl Season Input mailbox (please leave "2017-18 Waterfowl Season Input" in the subject line ).

To make it easier for hunters to provide their input and opinion on waterfowl hunting seasons to the appropriate task force, DEC has created a new input form. Your individual, and collective, input will be provided to the task forces to help inform their decision process. As the 2016-2017 Hunter Task Force meetings have already been held this year, a new input form will be posted on this web-page during the Fall of 2016 for consideration at the 2017-2018 task force meetings.

If you prefer, or have additional comments, input on duck seasons may be provided by contacting any Task Force member directly, or submit your comments using the link below and we will forward those to all members. Specific suggestions for opening and closing dates, including "split seasons" that divide the season into two periods (if desired), would be most useful. The recommended dates should be within the federal guidelines expected for the coming year (PDF, 137 KB), which is a 60-day duck season in each zone, split into no more than two segments per zone, and opening no earlier than the Saturday nearest September 24 and closing no later than the last Sunday in January.

Input on hunting seasons for Canada geese may also be provided to Task Force members. Suggestions for opening and closing dates and season splits should be within the federal guidelines expected for the coming year (PDF, 137 KB), which is specific for each of the nine Canada Goose Hunting Areas. To learn more about the federal guidelines and understand why Canada goose hunting seasons and bag limits are structured the way they are in NY, please read Status of Harvests and Populations of Canada Geese in New York (PDF, 1.12 MB ). For written descriptions, maps, or a google earth file of these Goose Hunting Areas see Goose Hunting Area Boundary Descriptions.

Input can also be mailed to:
Attn: Waterfowl Seasons
Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754

Because of the recent change to the federal waterfowl regulations process, the department will no longer need to post tentative and then final waterfowl seasons and bag limits. By June, final waterfowl seasons will be posted on the DEC webpage.

To view the most recent waterfowl hunting seasons, go to the Waterfowl Hunting Seasons page.

2016-17 Waterfowl Season Task Forces

The 2016-17 Waterfowl Season Task Force members are listed below in alphabetical order. You may contact anyone on these lists or send an email to the Waterfowl Season Input mailbox.

2016-17 Western Zone Task Force
Name Address Telephone & E-mail
Jim Adriance
(Southeastern Area)
1930 Cole Place
Vestal, NY 13850

607-768-1528 (c)

Jim Eckler
1385 Morgan Road
Savannah, NY 13146
Dave Erickson
(NYSCC - R7)

18 Second Avenue
Auburn, NY 13021

315-224-4494 (c)
Ron Falkowski
(Central NY Wildfowlers)
767 Nichols Point Road
Bridgeport, NY 13030

Jay Forster
(Lake Plains Waterfowl Assoc)

98 True Hickory Run
Rochester, NY 14615
585-865-8986 (h)
585-314-0566 (c)
Randy Holden
(South Central Area)
219 Breesport Road
Horseheads, NY 14845
607-739-6735 (h)
607-742-9886 (c)

Paul Niedzielski
(Canandaigua Lake Duck Hunters)

3896 Chatham Lane
Canandaigua, NY 14424

585-729-6600 (c)
Bill Howell
(Niagara Frontier Area)
5859 Stinson Road
Arcade, NY 14009
Darin J. Katta
(Southwestern New York)
10 Westerly Drive
Fredonia, NY 14063
Mark Kircher
(NYSCC - R8)
1023 Buffalo Road
Rochester, NY 14624
Bill Kalwas
(Finger Lakes & Western NY Waterfowl Assoc)
1264 School Road
Victor, NY 14564
Ken Zolnowski
(NYSCC - R9)
30 Danbury Drive
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
2016-17 Southeastern Zone Task Force
Name Address Telephone & E-mail
Bill Alexander
(NYSCC - R3)
170 Clinton Corners Road
Salt Point, NY 12578
Tim Barnard
(NYSCC - R4)
21 Balsam Way
Albany, NY 12205
Josh Stiller
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12333-4754
Vince Olechnowicz
(Catskill Area)
258 Braymer Lane
Delhi, NY 13753
Jon Paninski
(Central NY Wildfowlers)
7940 Rinaldo Boulevard East
Bridgeport, NY 13030
Nathan Pieruzzi
(Hudson River Waterfowlers)
58 Salvino Drive
Athens, NY 12015
Mike Podgorski
(NYSCC - R7)
2287 Ferndell Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035
Chuck Law
(Waterfowl Improvement Assn)
1027 Hudson Avenue
Stillwater, NY 12170
Gary Will
(Chenango Valley area)
1019 River Road
Hamilton, NY 13346
Ron Zega
(Mohawk River Valley)
344 Windy Hill Road
Schenectady, NY 12306
2016-17 Northeastern Zone Task Force
Name Address Telephone & E-mail
Steve Andruckiewicz
(Saratoga-Lake George area)
157 Cramer Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Kevin Bodmer
(Central Adirondacks)
236 Keese Mills Road
Paul Smiths, NY 12970
Doug Carr
(Central NY Wildfowlers)
109 Roosevelt Avenue
Canastota, NY 13032
George Gedney
(Waterfowl Improvement Assn)
15 Stonehurst Drive
Queensbury, NY 12804
Tom Humberstone
(North Central Area)
2766 County Route 6
Hammond, NY 13646
Steve Heerkens
207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
Nick McNamara
(Northern WMAs)
1125 County Route 14
Rensselaer Falls, NY 13680
Kurt Snyder
(Oneida Lake Assoc)
6429 Long Point Road
Brewerton, NY 13029
James Tracy
(Upper Mohawk Area)
5525 Marsh Road
Lee Center, NY 13363
2016-17 Long Island Zone Task Force
Name Address Telephone & E-mail
John Adams
(South Shore Waterfowlers Assoc)
30 Diane Drive
Manorville, NY 11949
Robert Christensen
(Oyster Ponds Rod & Gun Club)
PO Box 14
Orient, NY 11957
Kelly Hamilton
50 Circle Road - SUNY
Stony Brook, NY 11790
William Spadafora
(Peconic River Sportsmans Club)
26 Croyden Avenue
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Ron Kee
(Smith Point Fish & Hunt Club)
11 Skyhaven Drive
Patchogue, NY 11772
Steve Laurino
(Manhasset Bay Sports Club)
9 Corchaug Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
Warren Ferdinansen
(Suffolk Co Alliance of Sportsmen)

10 Rockhall Lane
Rocky Point, NY 11778

Jack Passie
(Windy Guide Service)
8 South Fulton Street
Montauk, NY 11954
Ron Sineo
(NYSCC - R1)
10 Rutherford Street
St James, NY 11780
Curt Matzinger
(Nassau Co Fish & Game Assoc)
32 Magro Drive
North Babylon, NY 11703
James Jankowski
(Pattersquash Gunners Assoc)
19 Woodland Park Road
Bellport, NY 11713
Frank Lopez
(Member at Large)
59 Radio Avenue
Miller Place, NY 11764


Sab Caponi
(Matinecock Rod & Gun Club)

2708 Elm Drive
North Bellmore, NY 11710


DEC Waterfowl Season Setting Team
Name DEC Region Address & Telephone
Kelly Hamilton
Region 1 50 Circle Road - SUNY
Stony Brook, NY 11790
Jonathan Russell
Region 3 21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
Karl Parker
Region 4 1130 N. Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY 12306
John O'Connor
Region 5 1115 Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Steve Heerkens
Region 6 207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
Tom Bell
Region 7 1285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045
Jim Eckler
Region 8 1385 Morgan Road
Savannah, NY 13146
Connie Adams
Region 9 270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
Joshua Stiller
Central Office 625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754