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Fish and Wildlife Regulatory Revisions

Proposed, Emergency, and Recently Adopted Regulations and Pre-proposals

Pre-proposals

6 NYCRR Part 182.5-Listing of Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Species

This pre-proposal is to revise the list of endangered, threatened, and special concern species. The public are invited to review the draft changes and the accompanying species status assessments.

Proposed Regulations

How to Comment on Proposed Fish and Wildlife Regulations

6 NYCRR Part 1.11 - Amendment to Deer Hunting Seasons

This rulemaking would provide an option for counties to annually be excluded from the holiday deer hunt from December 26 to January 1 due to perceived concerns about potential impact to snowmobiling activity.

  • Text of Proposed Regulation (PDF) - Underlines contained in the text denote new material. Brackets [ ] indicate material to be deleted.
  • Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF) - provides background and additional information.
  • Written comments will be accepted through November 14, 2021. Submit written comments via email.

6 NYCRR Part 10 - Amendment to Sportfishing Regulations

These proposals would establish more conservative harvest regulations for sunfish and crappie, including an experimental program for larger sunfish.

  • Text of Proposed Regulation (PDF) - Underlines contained in the text denote new material. Brackets [ ] indicate material to be deleted.
  • Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF) - provides background and additional information.
  • Written comments will be accepted through December 26, 2021. Submit written comments with subject line "Sunfish and Crappie Regulations" via email.

6 NYCRR Parts 6.2 and 6.3 - Amendments to Fisher and Marten Trapping Regulations

This rulemaking is necessary to remove the requirement for trappers to obtain a special fisher trapping permit. This proposal would also remove the requirement for trappers to submit marten carcasses while maintaining the requirement for a special pine marten permit. A trapping license and pelt sealing would still be required for both fisher and marten.

6 NYCRR Part 182; ECL Sections 3-0301 and 11-0535 - Clarifying determination of jurisdiction under the Endangered and Threatened Fish and Wildlife regulations.

This rulemaking improves the review of projects by removing some project types from the review process that are known not to cause harm and continues to protect threatened and endangered species.

6 NYCRR Part 6.1 and 6.2 ECL Sections 11-0301, 11-0303, 11-1101 and 11-1103 - Amendments to New York State mink, muskrat, and beaver trapping season dates.

This rulemaking is to align existing mink, muskrat and beaver trapping season start dates and adjust the seasons to trapper-preferred dates.

6 NYCRR Parts 151, 153, 170, 174, 182; ECL Sections 11-0535, 11-0535-a, 11-0536, 11-1707, 11-1728, 11-1901, 11-903, 11-1905, and 11-1907-Omnibus changes to 6NYCRR

This rulemaking brings regulations current with statutory changes and to improve application efficiency as part of the Governor's Lean initiative.

6 NYCRR Part 180.1; ECL Section 11-0511-Animals dangerous to health or welfare.

This rulemaking is to expand the list of animals which pose a risk to health or welfare of the people of the state or indigenous fish and wildlife.

Emergency Regulations

There are no current emergency regulations for the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Recently Adopted Regulations

6 NYCRR Part 51 - Adoption of Updated Wildlife Management Area Regulations

This rulemaking repeals 6 NYCRR Parts 51, 61, 75 and 84 and adopts a new 6 NYCRR Part 51. There has been increased public demand for WMAs as more people seek outdoor recreation and the amendments ensure these natural resources and wildlife are protected.

6 NYCRR Parts 1.11, 1.18, 1.31, 2.1, and 2.15 - Amendments to Deer and Bear Hunting Regulations

This rulemaking was necessary to increase antlerless harvest in specific Wildlife Management Units where needed, allow big game hunters to hunt during the entire daily period of ambient light, simplify bear hunting regulations in the Adirondacks, and enhance hunter safety while big game hunting with a firearm.

6 NYCRR Part 10 - Amendment to Trout Stream Sportfishing Regulations

This rulemaking revised and standardizes inland trout stream fishing regulations by creating a statewide inland trout stream regulation, four regulation categories, and creating a catch and release season from October 15 through March 31.

  • Text of Regulation (PDF) - Underlines contained in the text denote new material. Brackets [ ] indicate material to be deleted.
  • Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF) - provides background and additional information.
  • Adopted on March 24, 2021. Effective April 1, 2021.

6 NYCRR Part 1.11 - Amendment to Deer Hunting Seasons.

This rulemaking would establish a bow and muzzleloader deer hunting season in the Southern Zone during the Christmas and New Year holiday week.


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