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For Release: Monday, October 23, 2017

DEC Announces Oct. 25 Start of Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Seasons

Furbearer trapping and hunting seasons begin soon in many parts of New York State, and trappers should note special permit requirements for fisher and marten trapping seasons, as well as a change to the special permit requirement for bobcat hunting and trapping, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today.

"Our state has a strong tradition of furbearer trapping and hunting," Commissioner Seggos said. "The New Yorkers who enjoy and contribute to this tradition are vital partners in managing this resource in a sustainable manner."

While coyote hunting season began Oct. 1 across much of the state, hunting seasons for other furbearers such as bobcat, raccoon, and fox begins Oct. 25.

Trappers are reminded of changes to trapping regulations for fisher that began in 2016, including the requirement of a special permit and expanded opportunities for fisher in select Wildlife Management Units in central and western New York. All fisher and marten trappers are required to obtain a special, free permit from their regional wildlife office, submit a trapping activity log, and submit the skull or jaw from harvested fishers and martens. This allows DEC biologists to collect important biological information on the animals, learn more about this popular game species, and ensure the harvest is sustainable.

Bobcat hunters and trappers are reminded that they are no longer required to obtain an additional special permit to pursue this species within select Wildlife Management Units in central and western New York, referred to as the "Harvest Expansion Area" (HEA). After three seasons of data collection, sufficient information on harvest pressure and take has been collected and the special permit is no longer needed. Hunters and trappers who pursue bobcats in the HEA are still required to have a hunting or trapping license and to have the animal pelt sealed.

To obtain a free fisher or fisher/marten permit, trappers should contact the regional wildlife office (see table below) or apply by e-mail. Only one fisher or fisher/marten permit is needed to trap these species anywhere in New York where the season is open. Trappers must provide the following information:

  • Name
  • DEC ID # (from license or back tag)
  • Mailing address
  • Phone or e-mail
  • Species (fisher or fisher/marten)
  • If requesting a permit by e-mail, include the county or WMU where you plan to trap fisher and/or marten.

To apply by e-mail: wildlife@dec.ny.gov; type "Fisher/Marten Permit" in the subject line.
To apply by phone or in-person:

DEC Region Fisher/Marten Fisher Address Phone
3 N/A Contact any office to obtain a free permit to trap fisher in any WMU with an open season 21 South Putt Crns Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561 845-256-3088
4 1130 N Westcott Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306 518-357-2158
5 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6F, 6J 232 Golf Course Rd, Warrensburg, NY 12885 518-623-1240
6 317 Washington St, Watertown, NY 13601 315-785-2534
7 N/A 1285 Fisher Ave, Cortland, NY 13045 607-753-3095
8 7291 Coon Rd, Bath, NY 14810 607-622-8271
9 182 E Union St, Suite 3, Allegany, NY 14706 716-372-0645

Resources on DEC's Website:

Trapping Regulations
Trapping Seasons
Fisher and Marten Trapping Seasons
Furbearer Hunting
Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide

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