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Adirondack/Lake Champlain Fishing and Hunting Hotline

Welcome to the NYS DEC Region 5 Fishing and Hunting Hotline. This is the July 10 edition. Region 5 covers northeastern New York State including much of the Adirondack Region and all of Lake Champlain. Region 5 administers DEC programs in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties. Information on this page is specific to DEC Region 5.

NOTE: There are numerous web sites that provide fishing and hunting activity information. Go to any internet search engine and use the terms "fishing forum" or "fishing information" with the name of the waterbody you plan to fish, or "hunting forum" or "hunting information" with the name of the area you plan to hunt.

General Information

New Recreational Opportunities in the Essex Chain Lakes Complex

Additional recreational opportunities are available in the Essex Chain Lakes Complex in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

22 designated tent sites are currently available in the area around the Essex Chain Lakes. 13 designated tent sites along the shores of the waters of the complex require a free permit between May 15 and October 15.

Campers must call 518-582-2000 or visit the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) facility at 5922 State Route 28N in Newcomb, NY, to reserve a tent site. Campers can pick up their reserved permit at the AIC facility between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. any day of the week.

See the Essex Chain Lakes Complex web page for more information on camping, the camping permit system and other outdoor recreational opportunities in this area. The page includes information about the area and descriptions and maps of the interim public access facilities. Updated information will be provided here as roads are opened and trails, landing sites and other infrastructure are developed. The draft unit management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex and draft community connector trail plan is available for review and comment.

Public access opportunities are also available on the Former Finch Lands that are now part of the Upper Hudson Woodlands Conservation Easement Lands. Additional public access on the conservation easement lands will available in the future. The Upper Hudson Draft CEL Recreation Management Plan proposes additional access and recreational opportunities and is available for public review. Public comments will be accepted through July 18.

If You Care, Leave It There

The arrival of spring and summer also means the arrival of newborn and just-hatched wildlife, please keep your distance. Young wildlife quickly venture into the world on shaky legs or fragile wings. While most are learning survival from one or both parents, some normally receive little or no care. Young wildlife may appear to be abandoned or injured, but most often this is not the case. If You Care, Leave It There!

Attention Boaters

Aquatic invasive species, such as spiny water flea, didymo (aka rock snot), alewives, water chestnut and Eurasian Milfoil, can have significant impacts on the ecosystem of waters, the fish communities, and human recreation.

Help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species!

New regulations are in effect for all DEC boat launch facilities. Before you launch your boat or leave the boat launch site, you are required to:

  • Clean all visible plant and animal material from your boat, trailer and associated equipment
  • Drain your boat's bilge, live well, bait well and other water holding compartments

NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife App

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Attention New York anglers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts: there's a new FREE smartphone app just for you!

DEC, in partnership with ParksByNature Network®, is proud to announce the launch of the New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App for iPhone and Android.

This FREE, cutting-edge mobile app gives both novice and seasoned outdoorsmen and women essential information in the palm of their hands. Powered by Pocket Ranger® technology, this official app for DEC will provide up-to-date information on fishing, hunting and wildlife watching and serve as an interactive outdoor app using today's leading mobile devices. Using the app's advanced GPS features, users will be able identify and locate New York's many hunting, fishing and wildlife watching sites. They will also gain immediate access to species profiles, rules and regulations, and important permits and licensing details.

New York's Adventure License Series

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The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has teamed with DEC and NYS Parks to offer a new, convenient service for purchasers of DEC-issued Lifetime Sporting Licenses and Parks-issued Lifetime Empire Passport and Boater Safety Certificates. Your NYS DMV-issued photo document can now show evidence that you possess a new NYS Adventure License.

As part of New York's Adventure License, you also have the opportunity to get new license plates for your vehicle showing how much you enjoy hunting and/or fishing. These special plates are free with your recent purchase of a new Lifetime Sporting License and will identify you as a devoted fan of a sport shared by millions.

three sample hunting, fishing ad parks license plates

Get a new deal on lifetime hunting, fishing and parks licenses, receive a free themed license plate and simplify your outdoor experience with the first NY drivers license to feature sporting and recreation permits. Go to New York License Center and Learn more.

Sporting Licenses

A number of changes are now in effect for sporting licenses including:

  • Reduced price for fishing and hunting licenses
  • Reduced number of licenses available for purchase while maintaining all current hunting and fishing privileges and opportunities
  • Fishing licenses valid for one year from the date of purchase
  • Trapping privileges are included in a hunting license for no additional fee for certified trappers
  • Reduced fees for non-resident hunting and fishing licenses to attract more out-of-state participants

Check specific license information for Freshwater Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, Lifetime and Free/Reduced Fee Licenses.

The New York Freshwater Fishing 2013-14 Official Regulation Guide and the New York Hunting & Trapping 2013-14 Official Regulation Guide are available on the DEC web site.

Crossbows

As of April 1, 2014, a new crossbow law is in effect. The DEC is currently working to develop regulations that will implement this new law and more details will be provided as they become available. Although crossbows will be lawful during some parts of the 2014-2015 hunting seasons, crossbows will not be legal during the Spring 2014 Turkey Season.

Acquisition of Former Finch Lands

March 2014: Governor Cuomo announces New York State has purchased an additional 8,451 acres of former Finch lands in Fulton, Warren, Essex and Hamilton counties. The 14 new parcels contain miles of rivers and streams, ponds, wildlife habitat and trails, and offer exceptional opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, cross country skiing and mountain biking. Already, the state has completed two acquisition phases totaling 30,037 acres.

TIPP - Turn in Poachers and Polluters

Report environmental crimes to the Department of Environmental Conservation 24 hour dispatch at 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332).

DEC has launched an online form for citizens to report environmental violations. The new web page assists those who can provide thorough and relevant information about an alleged violation. The form prompts the complainant to describe what occurred, when it happened and where the violation was witnessed. Complainants may remain anonymous or confidential. Detailed initial complaints assist DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) in a timely and complete investigation of complaints and potential arrests against those who are violating environmental laws.

See the TIPP web page or the press release for more information.

Field Notes

Field Notes is a weekly newsletter by the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources (DFWMR) that provides information on programs and activities associated with the management of fish, wildlife and marine resources, and offer information on available fish and wildlife recreational opportunities. You can view archived newsletters or subscribed to have the newsletter e-mailed directly to you by visiting the Field Notes web page.

Contribution Programs

DEC encourages all outdoor enthusiasts to consider purchasing a Habitat/Access Stamp and/or a Trail Supporter Patch. These stamps and patches help support the DEC's efforts to conserve habitat and increase public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation and maintain non-motorized trails. Buying a $5 stamp or patch or donating directly to the Conservation Fund is a way to help conserve New York's fabulous wildlife heritage and enhance outdoor recreation in New York State.

Additionally, anyone - not just hunters and anglers - can help feed the hungry by contributing to the Venison Donation Program at all license issuing outlets. Individuals should inform the license sales agent that they want to make a donation of $1 or more to support the program.

Participate in Citizen Science to Benefit Wildlife Management

Each year, thousands of hunters, trappers, and anglers help DEC monitor wildlife populations by recording their wildlife observations while afield. To learn about how you can participate in the Cooperator Ruffed Grouse Hunting Log, Bowhunter Sighting Log, Winter Wild Turkey Flock Survey and other citizen science programs.

Out of State Hunting

It's that time of year for planning your out of state hunts. While you're busy applying for out of state hunting licenses and lottos, be sure you are not forgetting one of the most important elements: your original Hunter Education Certificate. Not all states accept New York State hunting licenses to purchase a license or apply for a lotto. You may need to produce and carry your original Hunter Education Certificate while in the field. States such as Colorado, Montana, and North Dakota require original Hunter Education Certificates. Other states may require a Hunter Education Certificate or a recent hunting license. Check out the International Hunter Education Association website for more information regarding other states requirements for hunting including license requirements and blaze orange mandates. If you have lost your Sportsman Education Hunting Certificate call: 1-888-HUNT-ED2. If you want to hunt out of state, and have never taken your Sportsman Education Hunting Class, the time is now. Remember to take your class well in advance of your trip. Sign up early, as many classes fill quickly. Find a sportsman education class scheduled (External Link) in your county.

Notes of Interest

Fish Stocking

The waters listed below have been stocked, or will be stocked before the upcoming weekend, with the fish species listed. (6/20)

Clinton County

  • Ace Club Pond - Brook Trout
  • Altona School Pond - Rainbow Trout & Brook Trout
  • Black Brook - Brook Trout
  • Chazy Lake - Rainbow Trout & Lake Trout
  • Crystal Creek - Brown Trout
  • Dry Mill Brook - Brown Trout
  • Lake Champlain - Brown Trout
  • Little Chazy River Brown Trout
  • North Branch Great Chazy River - Brown Trout
  • North Branch Saranac River - Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • Peru F&G Club Pond - Brook Trout
  • Riley Brook - Brown Trout
  • Salmon River - Brown Trout
  • Saranac River - Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout
  • True Brook - Brown Trout
  • Upper Chateaugay Lake - Lake Trout

Essex County

  • Ausable River - Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout
  • Balfour Lake - Rainbow Trout
  • Barkeater Pond - Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout
  • Beaver Brook - Brook Trout
  • Black River - Brook Trout
  • Boquet River - Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • Boreas River - Brown Trout
  • Chapel Pond - Rainbow Trout
  • Cold Brook - Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • Courtney Pond - Brown Trout
  • Dimmick Pond - Brown Trout
  • Eagle Lake - Brown Trout
  • East Branch Ausable River - Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout
  • Hudson River - Rainbow Trout
  • LaChute River - Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout
  • Lake Champlain - Lake Trout
  • Lake Placid - Rainbow Trout
  • Mill Brook - Brown Trout
  • Mirror Lake - Lake Trout
  • North Branch Boquet - Brown Trout
  • Norton Brook - Brown Trout
  • Oliver Pond - Brown Trout
  • Paradox Lake - Rainbow Trout & Lake Trout
  • Phelps Brook - Brook Trout
  • Putnam Creek - Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • Ray Brook - Brook Trout
  • Red Brook - Brook Trout
  • Roe's Pond - Brown Trout
  • Saranac River - Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout
  • Schroon Lake - Lake Trout & Salmon
  • Schroon River - Brown Trout
  • South Meadow Brook - Brook Trout
  • Spruce Mill Brook - Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • Stevens Pond - Brown Trout
  • The Branch - Brook Trout
  • Trout Brook - Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • Upper Cascade Lake - Brook Trout
  • West Branch Ausable River - Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • White Brook - Brook Trout
  • Willsboro Fish & Game Club Pond - Rainbow Trout

Franklin County

  • Alder Brook - Brook Trout
  • Ampersand Brook - Brook Trout
  • Black Pond - Rainbow Trout
  • Boy Scout Clear Pond - Splake
  • Chateaugay River - Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • Deer River - Brown Trout
  • Drain Pond - Rainbow Trout
  • Fish Hole Pond - Brook Trout
  • Follensby Clear Pond - Salmon
  • Green Pond - Brown Trout & Splake
  • Hatch Brook - Brown Trout
  • Hoel Pond - Lake Trout & Salmon
  • Lake Clear - Brown Trout & Salmon
  • Lake Colby - Rainbow Trout
  • Lake Kushaqua - Lake Trout
  • Lawrence Brook - Brown Trout
  • Little Hope Pond - Brook Trout
  • Little Salmon River - Brown Trout
  • Little Trout River - Brown Trout
  • Malone Village Pond - Brown Trout
  • Meacham Lake - Splake
  • Negro Brook - Brown Trout
  • North Branch Saranac River - Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • Polliwog Pond - Lake Trout
  • Plum Brook - Brown Trout
  • Rollins Pond - Lake Trout & Salmon
  • St. Regis River - Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout
  • Salmon River - Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout
  • Saranac River - Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout
  • Stony Brook - Brown Trout
  • Sumner Brook - Brook Trout
  • Trout River - Brown Trout
  • Two Bridge Brook - Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • Tupper Lake - Lake Trout & Salmon
  • Upper St. Regis Lake - Salmon
  • Upper Saranac Lake - Lake Trout
  • Whey Pond - Rainbow Trout

Fulton County

  • Ayers Creek - Brown Trout
  • Canada Lake - Brown Trout & Lake Trout
  • Caroga Creek - Brown Trout
  • Cayadutta Creek - Brown Trout
  • Crum Creek - Brown Trout
  • East Canada Creek - Brown Trout
  • Hale Creek - Brown Trout
  • Hans Creek - Brown Trout
  • Keck Center Brook - Brown Trout
  • Kennyetto Creek - Brown Trout
  • Mayfield Creek - Brown Trout
  • Meco Creek - Brown Trout
  • Middle Sprite Creek - Brown Trout
  • Timmerman Creek - Brown Trout
  • West Caroga Lake - Splake
  • Wolford's Pond - Brown Trout
  • Zimmerman Creek - Brown Trout

Hamilton County

  • Benedict Creek - Brook Trout
  • Blue Mountain Lake - Lake Trout
  • Cedar River - Brown Trout
  • Eighth Lake - Rainbow Trout & Lake Trout
  • Elbow Creek Reservoir - Brook Trout
  • Indian Lake - Brown Trout & Lake Trout
  • Lake Eaton - Rainbow Trout
  • Lake Pleasant - Lake Trout
  • Limekiln Lake - Splake
  • Mill Creek - Brown Trout
  • North Lake - Splake
  • Otter Brook - Brook Trout
  • Piseco Lake - Salmon & Lake Trout
  • Raquette River - Brown Trout
  • Sacandaga Lake - Lake Trout
  • Sacandaga River - Brown Trout
  • Seventh Lake - Rainbow Trout
  • Sixth Lake - Rainbow Trout
  • South Branch West Canada - Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • Sumner Stream - Brook Trout
  • West Branch Sacandaga River - Brown Trout

Saratoga County

  • Aplaus Kill - Rainbow Trout
  • Bog Meadow Brook - Brown Trout
  • Corinth Reservoir Ponds - Brook Trout
  • Daly Creek - Brown Trout
  • Dwaas Kill - Brook Trout
  • Geyser Brook - Brown Trout
  • Glowegee Creek - Brown Trout
  • Great Sacandaga Lake - Rainbow Trout
  • Kayaderosseras Creek - Brown Trout
  • La Rue Creek - Brown Trout
  • Moreau Lake - Rainbow Trout
  • Paul Creek - Brown Trout
  • Sand Creek - Brown Trout
  • Saratoga Lake - Walleye

Warren County

  • Brant Lake - Brown Trout
  • Brown's Pond - Brook Trout
  • Clendon Brook - Brook Trout
  • Crandall Park Pond - Rainbow Trout
  • Edgecomb Pond - Rainbow Trout
  • English Brook - Brook Trout
  • Glen Creek - Brown Trout
  • Glen Lake - Rainbow Trout
  • Gurney Lane Pond - Brook Trout
  • Halfway Brook - Brook Trout
  • Hague Creek - Brook Trout
  • Hovey Pond - Brook Trout
  • Hudson River - Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout
  • Jabe Pond - Rainbow Trout
  • Lake George - Salmon
  • Lake Luzerne - Rainbow Trout
  • Mill Creek - Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • North Creek - Rainbow Trout
  • North Creek Recreation Pond - Rainbow Trout
  • North West Bay - Brook Brook Trout
  • Palmer Pond - Rainbow Trout & Brook Trout
  • Patterson Brook - Brook Trout
  • Roaring Branch - Brook Trout
  • Schroon River - Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout
  • Spuytendeivel Brook - Brook Trout
  • Stony Creek - Brook Trout
  • Thirteenth Lake - Rainbow Trout & Splake
  • Trout Brook - Brook Trout
  • Viele Pond - Brook Trout
  • West Brook - Brook Trout

Washington County

  • Batten Kill - Brown Trout
  • Black Creek - Brown Trout
  • Owl Kill - Brown Trout
  • Dead Lake - Brook Trout & Brown Trout
  • Halfway Creek - Brown Trout
  • Hartshorn Brook - Brown Trout
  • Indian River - Brown Trout
  • Mettawee River - Brown Trout & Rainbow Trout
  • Owl Kill - Brown Trout
  • Poultney River - Brown Trout & Rainbow Trout
  • West Branch Black Creek - Brook Trout
  • Whipple Brook -Brook Trout
  • White Creek - Brown Trout

Upcoming Events

Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator and Leashed Tracking Dog Examinations

DEC announces examinations for individuals seeking a license to practice the sport of falconry, becoming a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator or use of leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals. The exams are scheduled for Friday, August 8 and applications are due July 25.

Trout Unlimited in New York's Women's Beginner Fly Fishing Seminar

A 2-day fly fishing seminars is scheduled for this year. It is designed specifically to teach women the basics of fly fishing; everything from fly-tying, to stream entomology, to equipment set up, and casting. Also the ladies will spend time fly-fishing on some beautiful trout streams both days. The seminar is:

  • September 6th and 7th at the Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery in Central NY (12 students). If interested, please contact Vicky Lane at victorialn63@gmail.com

Adirondack Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement Roads

The Cornell/Deer Pond Road to the Deer Pond Parking area that provides access to the Essex Chain Lakes is open. (7/3)

DEC and municipal road crews are working to get roads opened as soon as possible. Roads that are open may be rough and muddy - use caution. Pickup trucks, SUVs and other high axle vehicles are recommended - four wheel drive vehicles will serve even better. Listed below are the roads that remain closed. (7/3)

Clinton County

  • Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands
    • Barnes Pond Road in the Town of Saranac (Closed to motorized access until the Northern Big Game Hunting Season)

Franklin County

  • Kushuqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands
    • All roads are closed to public motor vehicle access at this time.
  • Santa Clara Tract Conservation Easement Lands
    • Public access to the Santa Clara Tract Easement Lands and Madawaska Flow from Route 458 in the Town of Santa Clara is not available at this time. DEC continues to work to reopen public access to this area.

Hamilton County

  • Moose River Plains Wild Forest
    • Rock Dam Road

Warren County

  • Lake George Wild Forest
    • Buttermilk Road Extension

Washington County

  • Lake George Wild Forest
    • Black Mountain Gate off Pike Brook Road in the Town of Dresden

DEC Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)

DEC Wildlife Management Areas provide habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for people. Habitat is provided for birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Waterfowl, fish, game species and non-game species all benefit from the forests, open fields, streams, ponds, and wetlands located in these areas. People who want to hunt, fish, hike or watch wildlife are welcome to enjoy these areas. Region 5 DEC Wildlife Management Area web pages provide maps, directions and general information about access and use. (2012)

Motorized Equipment in Wilderness, Primitive and Canoe Areas

DEC has adopted a regulation prohibiting the use of motorized equipment in lands classified as wilderness, primitive or canoe. Public use of small personal electronic or mechanical devices such as cameras, radios or GPS receivers are not affected this new regulation. See Section 196.8 in the DEC Regulations. (2010)

Storage of Personal Belongings on State Land

State Land Use Regulation prohibits the placing structures or personal property on state land without authorization from DEC. Boats, camps, etc. should be removed from state lands or they will be removed by Environmental Conservation Officers or Forest Rangers. Exceptions include to the prohibition include: (2010)

  • a geocache that is labeled with the owner's name and address and installed in a manner that does not disturb the natural conditions of the site or injure a tree;
  • a camping structure or equipment that is placed and used legally pursuant to Part 190 regulation;
  • a legally placed trap or appurtenance that is placed and used during trapping season;
  • a tree stand or hunting blind that does not injure a tree, is properly marked or tagged with the owner's name and address or valid hunting or fishing license number, and is placed and used during big game season, migratory game bird season, or turkey season; or
  • a wildlife viewing blind or stand that is placed for a duration not to exceed thirty (30) days in one location per calendar year, does not injure a tree, and is properly marked or tagged with the owner's name and address or valid hunting or fishing license number.

Fishing

Fishing Regulations

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Guide provides details on regulation and more. Prior to heading out, anglers should be sure to check the Freshwater Fishing Regulations for the water they plan on fishing. Numerous exceptions to the statewide regulations exist in each DEC region. See Special Regulations by County section for the individual waters that have exceptions to these general regulations.

The number of allowable lines for angling in freshwater in New York State including Lake Champlain has been increased to three.

Fishing Seasons

  • Trout and Landlocked Salmon seasons are open. (See Fish Stocking above) (6/20)
  • Black Bass season is open. (6/27)
  • Muskellunge season is open. (6/27)
  • Pike, Pickerel,Tiger Muskellunge and Walleye seasons are open. (5/22)
  • Perch, Sunfish, Eel, Bullhead, Catfish and other panfish are open year round.

Prior to heading out, anglers should be sure to check the Freshwater Fishing Regulations for the water they plan on fishing. Numerous exceptions to the statewide regulations exist in each DEC region. See Special Regulations by County section for the individual waters that have exceptions to these general regulations.

For detailed fishing information contact the local bait shops. Hunting guides, fishing guides and the reclaimed ponds list can be obtained by calling the office during regular business hours at (518) 623-1240 for the Warrensburg Office or (518)897-1333 for the Ray Brook office.

2013 Lower Sargent Pond Reclamation

Lower Sargent Pond in the Sargent Ponds Wild Forest in Hamilton County was reclaimed by DEC. The pond had a reputation as a great brook trout water that was able to withstand high fishing pressure. Largemouth bass and golden shiners had become abundant in the last few years reducing the naturally sustained brook trout population to just larger individuals. The pond was last reclaimed in 1971 by the DEC and only stocked once with Little Tupper strain brook trout. Region 5 was assisted by Bureau of Fisheries staff from Region 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 along with Central Office staff and Fish Propagation staff. Division of Operations assisted with the loading and unloading of the State Trooper Aviation Unit helicopter. Safety while working with the helicopter was overseen by a Forest Ranger. Bureau of Wildlife was a great help in dealing with the extensive amount of beaver activity in the inlet. Division of Lands and Forests also gave us a hand moving lots of cans and water. The project was a great example of the professionalism that the DEC possesses and how a large project can be accomplished with our current work force. Lower Sargent Pond will be stocked in 2014 with Little Tupper strain brook trout.

Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control

Four tributaries were treated during the fall of 2013; the Saranac River and Putnam Creek in New York and the the Lamoille River and Stonebridge Brook in Vermont. See the Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control web pages for more information.

Lake Champlain Weather Forecast

The National Weather Service in Burlington provides a weather forecast for Lake Champlain. Use the NWS Lake Champlain Weather Forecast link near the bottom of the right column to access the forecast.

Black Bass Sale and Distribution Regulation

DEC recently adopted a new regulation that will expand the opportunity for the sale of hatchery reared black bass in New York. The newly adopted regulation explicitly provides for the sale and distribution of hatchery reared largemouth bass for human consumption. Smallmouth bass may not be sold for human consumption. (1/9)

Baitfish Use and Transportation Regulation

The careless use of baitfish (PDF 1.85 Mb) can damage native freshwater fish populations. Be sure to follow baitfish regulations and use restrictions to help protect the freshwater fisheries of New York State when using baitfish.

Health Advisories on Fish

The NYSDOH has issued the advisories on eating sportfish and game. Some of fish and game contain chemicals at levels that may be harmful to human health. See the DEC web page on Fish Health Advisories for more information and links to the Department of Health information.

The Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative

The final Strategic Plan for Lake Champlain Fisheries is now available. The plan includes guiding principles for ecosystem management, sustainability, natural reproduction of native species, and adaptive management. The plan also addresses key management challenges such as non-native and nuisance species, use of stocking, application of genetics, protection of habitats, use of science-based management, management accountability, fish diseases, and human dimensions of fisheries management. More information, including a link to plan, can be found on the Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control web pages.

Hunting and Trapping

Hunting Regulations

The New York Hunting & Trapping 2013-14 Official Guide provides details on regulation and more.

Be sure to check current hunting regulations, seasons and the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) map and descriptions before going into the field.

Be a Mentor to a New Hunter or Trapper

Adult hunters and trappers are encouraged to pass along their traditions and become a mentor for a junior hunter or trapper. The junior hunter and trapper mentoring program allows 14- and 15-year-olds to hunt big game with a firearm while accompanied and supervised by an experienced adult hunter. It also allows unlicensed youth less than 12 to accompany and assist a licensed trapper who is at least 18 years of age and has at least three years of trapping experience.

Youth Hunting Days

DEC has expanded opportunities for junior hunters (licensees ages 12-15) and trappers (under 12 years old) by designating special youth hunts for deer and for three of our most popular game birds (wild turkey, pheasants, and waterfowl) and through the Mentored Youth Hunter and Trapper Program. These opportunities allow youth hunters and trappers to spend time afield with experienced adult hunters and trappers and gain the necessary knowledge and skills to become safe and responsible members of the hunting and trapping community.

NYS Sportsman Education Program

All first-time hunters, bowhunters and trappers must pass one or more courses before they can get a license in New York State. Trained instructors certified by the Department of Environmental Conservation teach safe and responsible outdoors practices and the important role of hunters and trappers in conservation. All courses are free of charge, but space may be limited. As hunting seasons approach, many classes fill quickly. Find a sportsman education class scheduled (External Link) in your county and sign up early!

Wildlife Management Units (WMUs)

Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) are the geographical units DEC uses to set hunting and trapping seasons in New York State. Know the WMUs and the hunting or trapping seasons open in that WMU before going out into the field.

Summary of Hunting Seasons

Print or download a convenient summary of all the 2013-14 Hunting Seasons (PDF) (623 KB) to carry in your pack or vest.

Deer

All seasons are closed.

See the Big Game web page for more information on rules, regulations, safety and hunting tips for deer.

Black Bear

All seasons are closed.

See the Big Game web page for more information on rules, regulations, safety and hunting tips for bear.

Wild Turkey

All seasons are closed.

See the Turkey Hunting web page for more information on rules, regulations, safety and hunting tips.

Small Game

All seasons are closed.

See Small Game web page for more information on seasons and regulations.

Waterfowl

All seasons are closed.

Waterfowl Seasons and Information provides more information on waterfowl hunting with links to other informative waterfowl hunting web pages. Check to know what Waterfowl Hunting Zone you plan to hunt and the open seasons in that waterfowl zone.

Canada Geese

All seasons are closed.

Furbearer Trapping

All seasons are closed.

See the New York Hunting & Trapping 2013-14 Official Guide for the current regulations and seasons. Also see the summaries of Trapping Seasons and Trapping Regulations.