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Part 63: Hunting, Trapping, Fishing, Field Trails and Dog Training In The Suffolk County

(Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, §§ 11-0303, 11-0321, 11-2101)

[effective 10/31/68]

[amended 12/31/91]

Contents:

Sec.

§63.1 Permits required

Hunting, trapping, field trials and dog training, except by cooperating landowners or their agricultural lessees, immediate families or employees, is prohibited on the Suffolk County Cooperator Area, Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area, David A. Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve, Barcelona Neck State Land Area, and East Hampton Cooperative Area within any area posted with "Restricted Area--No Trespassing" or "Restricted Area--No Hunting" signs. Hunting, trapping, field trials or dog training outside such areas is prohibited except under permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation and in accordance with these regulations. Permits shall be issued in accordance with the provisions of section 63.2 of this Part.

§63.2 Issuance of permits

(a) Advance reservations are required on the Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area and adjacent Suffolk County Cooperative Lands for: November 1st, Election Day, Veterans Day, and each Saturday and Sunday from November 1st through December 31st. The department reserves the right to require reservations for Mondays that precede a Tuesday holiday, Fridays that follow a Thursday holiday, and weekday stocking dates, as deemed necessary. The department will establish specific procedures for making reservations and make information on procedures available through the Regional Wildlife Office in Stony Brook. Advance reservations are also required, on all areas, for each day of the January deer season and can be made by those determined eligible by a random drawing. The drawing shall establish the order in which applicants may select a single date and site to hunt. Only those who have obtained town permits as required by section 1.24 of this title are eligible to hunt additional days on a standby basis. Drawing applicants must possess a valid New York State Big Game License.

(b) On other days between November 1st and December 31, inclusive, not specified in subdivision (a) of this section, permits will be issued as follows:

(1) On the Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area and adjacent Suffolk County Cooperator Area daily permits are required and will be issued at the department permit station on Randall Road in Ridge, NY. Applicants must possess a valid hunting license and may apply in person only, no earlier than one-half hour before sunrise. Permits will be issued in the order of application not to exceed the daily quota set to ensure there are no more than three persons for every 100 acres of land. A permittee shall surrender his or her hunting license upon receiving a permit.

(2) On the David A. Sarnoff Pine Barrens Preserve State Lands Areas and adjacent Suffolk County Cooperator Area, the Barcelona Neck State Land Area, and the East Hampton Cooperative Area, seasonal permits will be required. A limited number of permits will be available and will be issued in the order of application at either the department's permit station or Regional Wildlife Office, Building 40, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 11790-2356.

(c) Cooperating landowners and members of their immediate families shall be issued seasonal hunting permits upon request. Such seasonal permits shall not be included in any daily quota.

(d) Each person hunting raccoon or fox at night or trapping during the small game season must possess a special permit. Raccoon and fox hunting permits and trapping permits may be obtained at the permit station or at the department's Regional Wildlife Office. A limited number of trapping permits will be available and will be issued in the order of application.

(e) Application for other uses or times not specified above may be made either in person at the permit station while open or in person (or by mail) at the department's Regional Wildlife Office, Building 40, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY 11790-2356.

§63.3 Regulations

(a) Each permit shall be valid only for the day or dates specified thereon and permits shall not be transferable. A permittee must show his permit to any person requesting to see it. Each daily hunting permit will have as a part of it a colored armband which the permittee must wear on the left arm over the outer garment at all times while hunting and an identification number placard which must be displayed visibly on the dashboard of the permittee's vehicle while parked in the area. Each seasonal permit will have as a part of it a portion to be displayed visibly on the dashboard of the permittee's vehicle while parked in the area. Any permittee losing these items will be charged a two dollar fee for an armband, and a five dollar fee for an identification number placard.

(b) The department reserves the right to refuse to issue a permit to anyone, or to revoke any permit and to eject the holder forthwith from the area for disorderly conduct, intoxication, any other behavior which endangers the general safety of persons or the area, failure to comply with regulatory signs posted by the department, or any other violations of this regulation or of the Environmental Conservation Law.

(c) Before leaving the area, a daily permittee shall surrender his permit, armband, and identification number placard at the permit station, and present all fish or game taken. Upon completion, the permittee's license will be returned.

(d) After surrendering a daily permit upon leaving the area, a person may apply for another permit to reenter the area later the same day, but he shall not make such application until he is ready to reenter the area, and such application to reenter shall be treated as a separate application as far as the daily quota of permits is concerned.

(e) Permittees shall comply with any regulatory signs posted by the Department of Environmental Conservation in the area and shall refrain from: littering; building fires; damaging fences or molesting gates; annoying livestock; molesting equipment or other farm property; damaging standing crops or newly planted fields; taking fruit or other farm produce; picking flowers; injuring trees or plants; hunting near, shooting near or otherwise disturbing persons who may be working in the area.

(f) Any permit obtained by fraud or while the permittee is suspended from using the area for violation of the rules shall be void.

(g) Daily hunting hours shall be from sunrise to sunset, except that waterfowl hunting is legal from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Small game hunters, except waterfowl hunters, may not be afield until sunrise.

(h) An individual may make or use no more than seven reservation dates during the month of November and no more than six reservation dates during the month of December. In the event the department requires reservations for weekday stocking dates, these quotas will both increase by two.

(i) The area will be closed except to seasonal trappers on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

§63.4 Prohibitions

(a) No permittee, except a cooperating landowner or agricultural lessee, their immediate families or employees, and those with seasonal trapping permits, shall park his car in other than a designated parking area, and he may park there only if the quota is not filled. A permittee shall hunt only on the same side of the road as his car is parked.

(b) Parties of not more than three small game hunters or not more than two big game hunters will be permitted per vehicle.

(c) Not more than two dogs shall be used by any single hunter or party hunting together. All dogs shall be kept under control at all times.

(d) No target or promiscuous shooting is permitted in the area. No rifles or pistols shall be used or carried afield.

(e) No person who is under the influence of intoxicants shall hunt in the area, and no person shall carry or possess intoxicants while hunting therein.

§63.5 General provisions

The general provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law are applicable to hunting, trapping, fishing, dog training and field trials pursuant to this Part, including the provisions of section 11-0931 prohibiting the discharge of firearms within 500 feet of an occupied building.