For Release: Monday, June 18, 2012
DEC Announces Tentative 2012-13 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons
Early Announcement Will Help Hunters Plan Trips
The tentative schedule for many of New York's 2012-13 migratory game bird seasons is now available, allowing sportsmen and sportswomen to plan outdoor activities well in advance, New York state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. Tentative waterfowl season dates for ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe and rails can be found on the DEC website.
"Each year, DEC announces the tentative schedule so hunters can begin making plans for a safe and successful season," Commissioner Martens said. "Still, we always remind hunters to check the final dates, usually issued in late summer, before going afield."
The final season dates, bag limits and other regulations for 2012-13 migratory game bird hunting seasons in New York will be posted on DEC's website and announced by a statewide news release, once they are approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hunters should confirm the final season dates before going afield.
The tentative season dates were developed by a team of DEC staff representing all regions of the state, taking into consideration anticipated federal regulations for the coming year and recommendations from Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces established by DEC for each zone. DEC has used a task force approach since 1997, and it has been very helpful for setting seasons where hunter preferences are diverse. For more information about the waterfowl hunter task forces, go to the DEC website.
Tentative season dates for the Lake Champlain Zone were not included because they will be determined by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board following public meetings likely to be held in August in Whitehall, NY and Burlington, VT. DEC encourages New York waterfowl hunters who frequent the Champlain Zone to attend one of these meetings; details will be announced later this summer. Comments and suggestions about the Lake Champlain Zone may also be submitted to any DEC season-setting team member or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of the 2012-13 migratory game bird hunting regulations brochure will be available on the DEC website in late August and by mid-September wherever hunting licenses are sold.
For more information about hunting waterfowl or other migratory game birds in New York, visit the DEC website.