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Waterfowl Season Input

DEC annually invites waterfowl hunters to submit recommendations 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 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.

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, 18 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, 18 KB), which is different 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 of these Goose Hunting Areas see Goose Hunting Area Boundary Descriptions.

Suggestions for waterfowl seasons should be submitted by April 8 to be fully considered for the coming year's seasons, since the Task Forces usually meet in April. Input may be submitted after that date for future consideration.

Input on hunting seasons for ducks and other 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 "2015-16 Waterfowl Season Input" in the subject line ).

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

We select tentative hunting season dates for most waterfowl species in May, and these are posted on the DEC website and announced by news release in June so hunters can make early vacation or travel plans. However, all hunters should confirm the final hunting seasons in September after all federal and state regulations have been finalized.

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

2015-16 Waterfowl Season Task Forces

The 2015-16 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.

2015-16 Western Zone Task Force
Name Address Telephone & E-mail
Jim Adriance
(Southeastern Area)
1930 Cole Place
Vestal, NY 13850

607-768-1528 (c)
adriance@uic.com

Jim Eckler
(NYS DEC)
1385 Morgan Road
Savannah, NY 13146
315-365-2134
james.eckler@dec.ny.gov
Dave Erickson
(NYSCC - R7)

18 Second Avenue
Auburn, NY 13021

315-224-4494 (c)
rockyericksoncolbert@yahoo.com
Ron Falkowski
(Central NY Wildfowlers)
767 Nichols Point Road
Bridgeport, NY 13030
315-633-9567
ronfalkowski@netscape.net

Jay Forster
(Lake Plains Waterfowl Assoc)

98 True Hickory Run
Rochester, NY 14615
585-865-8986 (h)
585-314-0566 (c)
jforster@yahoo.com
Randy Holden
(South Central Area)
219 Breesport Road
Horseheads, NY 14845
607-739-6735 (h)
607-742-9886 (c)
rholdenIII@stny.rr.com
Wes Hopkins
(Canandaigua Lake Duck Hunters)
1814 County Road 4
Canandaigua, NY 14424
585-694-0754 (c)
w_shopkins@yahoo.com
Bill Howell
(Niagara Frontier Area)
5859 Stinson Road
Arcade, NY 14009
585-496-5162
blhowell1@gmail.com
Darin J. Katta
(Southwestern New York)
10 Westerly Drive
Fredonia, NY 14063
716-785-0713
dk007w@hotmail.com
Mark Kircher
(NYSCC - R8)
1023 Buffalo Road
Rochester, NY 14624
585-303-5491
mark@upstatetk.com
Bill Kalwas
(Finger Lakes & Western NY Waterfowl Assoc)
115 Arrowhead Drive
Rochester, NY 14624
585-749-4948
wkalwas@yahoo.com
Ken Zolnowski
(NYSCC - R9)
30 Danbury Drive
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
716-836-2239
krz@pce.net
2015-16 Southeastern Zone Task Force
Name Address Telephone & E-mail
Bill Alexander
(NYSCC - R3)
170 Clinton Corners Road
Salt Point, NY 12578
845-266-5747
ekoroc@gmail.com
Tim Barnard
(NYSCC - R4)
21 Balsam Way
Albany, NY 12205
518-527-0508
barnardtl@aol.com
John O'Connor
(NYS DEC)
1115 Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
518-897-1296
johnr.oconnor@dec.ny.gov
Vince Olechnowicz
(Catskill Area)
258 Braymer Lane
Delhi, NY 13753
607-746-6180
gwpoley@delhi.net
Jon Paninski
(Central NY Wildfowlers)
7940 Rinaldo Boulevard East
Bridgeport, NY 13030
315-427-0926
jonpaninski@gmail.com
Nathan Pieruzzi
(Hudson River Waterfowlers)
58 Salvino Drive
Athens, NY 12015
518-469-3822
npieruzzi@hotmail.com
Mike Podgorski
(NYSCC - R7)
2287 Ferndell Road
Cazenovia, NY 13035
315-655-8067
goosedr@windstream.net
Dan Spigner
(Waterfowl Improvement Assn)
9 Academy Street
Greenwich, NY 12834
518-441-3182
spigs13@yahoo.com
Gary Will
(Chenango Valley area)
1019 River Road
Hamilton, NY 13346
315-691-3168
gwill@twcny.rr.com
2015-16 Northeastern Zone Task Force
Name Address Telephone & E-mail
Steve Andruckiewicz
(Saratoga-Lake George area)
157 Cramer Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
518-587-9942
Kevin Bodmer
(Central Adirondacks)
236 Keese Mills Road
Paul Smiths, NY 12970
518-327-3022
kebodmer@roadrunner.com
Doug Carr
(Central NY Wildfowlers)
109 Roosevelt Avenue
Canastota, NY 13032
315-744-2114
dpcarr0306@yahoo.com
George Gedney
(Waterfowl Improvement Assn)
15 Stonehurst Drive
Queensbury, NY 12804
518-361-9918
gedney@roadrunner.net
Tom Humberstone
(North Central Area)
2081 Coon Hill Road
Skaneateles, NY 13152
315-685-6819
Steve Heerkens
(NYS DEC)
207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
315-793-2557
steve.heerkens@dec.ny.gov
Nick McNamara
(Northern WMAs)
1125 County Route 14
Rensselaer Falls, NY 13680
315-276-5704
basswoodhunting@yahoo.com
Bill Saiff III
(Ontario - St Lawrence)
PO Box 440
Henderson Harbor, NY 13651
315-771-3514 (c)
saiff@gisco.net
Kurt Snyder
(Oneida Lake Assoc)
6429 Long Point Road
Brewerton, NY 13029
315-668-9156
lakerat2@twcny.rr.com
James Tracy
(Upper Mohawk Area)
5525 Marsh Road
Lee Center, NY 13363
315-337-6829
2015-16 Long Island Zone Task Force
Name Address Telephone & E-mail
John Adams
(South Shore Waterfowlers Assoc)
30 Diane Drive
Manorville, NY 11949
631-618-5728
michjon30@msn.com
Robert Christensen
(Oyster Ponds Rod & Gun Club)
PO Box 14
Orient, NY 11957
631-566-0879
foxtrotter@optonline.net
Kelly Hamilton
(NYS DEC)
50 Circle Road - SUNY
Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-444-0255
kelly.hamilton@dec.ny.gov
James Iannacone
(Peconic River Sportsmans Club)
280 Bellmore Ave., Apt 12
East Islip, NY 11730
631-581-2977
blkdukdwn@verizon.net
Ron Kee
(Smith Point Fish & Hunt Club)
11 Skyhaven Drive
Patchogue, NY 11772
917-753-4054
dipmaster10@aol.com
Steve Laurino
(Manhasset Bay Sports Club)
9 Corchaug Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
516-729-9189
stevelaurino@gmail.com
Warren Ferdinansen
(Suffolk Co Alliance of Sportsmen)

10 Rockhall Lane
Rocky Point, NY 11778

631-566-2804
Rich Otterstedt
(Suffolk Co Alliance of Sportsmen)
18 Ashford Drive
Lake Grove, NY 11755
631-789-2480
rrcn98@aol.com
Jack Passie
(Windy Guide Service)
8 South Fulton Street
Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-5741
charterboatwindy@yahoo.com
Ron Sineo
(NYSCC - R1)
10 Rutherford Street
St James, NY 11780
631-862-8518
duckboater@gmail.com
Erik Tallbe
(Nassau Co Fish & Game Assoc)
10 Skylark Road, Suite 101
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
631-427-0200
estallbe@aol.com
James Jankowski
(Pattersquash Gunners Assoc)
19 Woodland Park Road
Bellport, NY 11713
631-803-2772
Jjmm2002@optonline.net
Frank Lopez
(Member at Large)
59 Radio Avenue
Miller Place, NY 11764

631-744-2042
dblgun@hotmail.com

Sab Caponi
(Matinecock Rod & Gun Club)

2708 Elm Drive
North Bellmore, NY 11710

516-286-0795
Scaponi1@hotmail.com

DEC Waterfowl Season Setting Team
Name DEC Region Address & Telephone
Kelly Hamilton
kelly.hamtilon@dec.ny.gov
Region 1 50 Circle Road - SUNY
Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-444-0255
Patricia Vissering
patricia.vissering@dec.ny.gov
Region 3 21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
845-256-3088
Karl Parker
karl.parker@dec.ny.gov
Region 4 1130 N. Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY 12306
518-357-2154
John O'Connor
johnr.oconnor@dec.ny.gov
Region 5 1115 Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
518-897-1296
Steve Heerkens
steven.heerkens@dec.ny.gov
Region 6 207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
315-793-2557
Tom Bell
thomas.bell@dec.ny.gov
Region 7 1285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045
607-753-3095
Jim Eckler
james.eckler@dec.ny.gov
Region 8 1385 Morgan Road
Savannah, NY 13146
315-365-2134
Connie Adams
connie.adams@dec.ny.gov
Region 9 270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
716-851-7010
Bryan Swift
bryan.swift@dec.ny.gov
Central Office 625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754
518-402-8922