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We are only few days away from the 2017 Southern Zone Bow Season, the Northern Zone kicked off their Season a days ago. We want to wish everyone a safe, fun and successful hunting season!  Please make sure you keep us updated with reports of your hunts successful or not. Again, please be safe and have fun.
We wanted to point out a few important threads on the https://huntingny.com/forums/ forums to check out.
The 2017 "Live From the Stand / Woods" thread is up with quite a few posts already for the 2017 season of live action from the woods, 8th year in a row! -> https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/40154-live-from-the-woods-2017-edition/
I just added a new topic, What did you do to prepare for the 2017 Season and what are your Hunting tradtions? This is always fun, please go ahead and post here: https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/40214-what-did-you-do-to-prepare-for-the-2017-season-and-what-traditions/
As always there are some amazing trail camera photos up, some real nice deer have been posted, check them out -> https://huntingny.com/forums/forum/23-trail-camera-pictures/
Be sure to also check out the 2017 Archery Harvest Thread -> https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/40137-2017-huntingny-archery-harvest-thread/ - lots of great deer taken this year already during archery. 
And of course check out the main Bow Hunting -> https://huntingny.com/forums/forum/16-bow-hunting/ and  Deer Hunting forum here - > https://huntingny.com/forums/forum/11-deer-hunting/
Hot Topics!
Buying Deer Bait - > https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/40195-buying-deer-bait/
Whats for dinner tonight, game recipies -> https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/23281-whats-for-dinner-tonight/
2017 DMP Swap Thread - > https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/39343-2017-dmp-swap-thread/
Shoot or Pass - Trophy Hunting -> https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/40074-shoot-or-pass-trophy-hunting-age/
Just one more treestand, how many stands do you have? - > https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/39197-just-one-moretreestand/
If you are a Facebook user, please give us a "Like" our Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/HuntingNY and help spread the word. The site has grown leaps and bounds since started, there are over 592377 posts as of today! Please remember to tell friends and family about the site, you can even forward them this email / link.
If you have a hunting related business (ex. hunting store / archery shop), hunting club or organization, or a hunting related website you want to share with members we have opened up a link sharing system here: https://huntingny.com/links Just select the category and click "Add Link" on the right side of the page. 
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Thank you
Be safe, have fun, and good luck this 2017 season! 

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We are only a day away from the 2016 Regular Gun Season for the Southern Zone, the Northern Zone kicked off their Season a few weeks back. We want to wish everyone a safe, fun and successful hunting season!  Please make sure you keep us updated with reports of your hunts successful or not. Again, please be safe and have fun.

We are only a day away from the 2016 Regular Gun Season for the Southern Zone, the Northern Zone kicked off their Season a few weeks back. We want to wish everyone a safe, fun and successful hunting season!  Please make sure you keep us updated with reports of your hunts successful or not. Again, please be safe and have fun.
The 2016 "Live From the Stand / Woods" thread is up with thousands of posts already from the 2016 season of live action from the woods, 7th year in a row! -> https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/34783-live-from-the-woods-2016-edition-7th-year-lets-make-this-happen/
As always there are some amazing trail camera photos up, some real nice deer have been posted over the last few weeks -> http://huntingny.com/forums/forum/23-trail-camera-pictures/
Be sure to also check out the 2016 HuntingNY Archery Harvest thread - lots of great deer taken this year already during archery. 
And of course check out the main Deer Hunting forum here - > https://huntingny.com/forums/forum/11-deer-hunting/
Hot Topics!
Southern Zone Rut Status & Updates - > https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/35818-rut-status-southern-zone/
Loading a deer into your car/truck - > https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/36178-something-practical-loading-a-deer/
Your Opening Day Spot - > https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/36172-your-opening-day-spot/
Does Anyone Miss A Monday Deer Opener? - > https://huntingny.com/forums/topic/36163-does-anyone-miss-the-monday-opener/
Thank you
Be safe, have fun, and good luck this 2016 season! 

Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Provide Diverse Opportunities across the State
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today the final season dates and updated regulations for 2016-17 waterfowl hunting. 
“New York’s diverse wetlands, rivers, lakes and streams provide abundant opportunities for waterfowl hunting, and through our careful management, hunters have many seasons across the state to enjoy this tradition from September through April,” said Commissioner Seggos.  “Each year, DEC uses the best available science and data from hunters to establish optimal season dates, and I commend the team of talented DEC staff and dedicated volunteer task force members who worked to maximize waterfowl hunting opportunities.”
With the early release of federal season dates and regulatory changes, final season dates are now available well in advance of the fall hunting seasons, providing ample time to plan hunting activities.  The final season dates and regulations are available here and, for the first time, they are included in the annual hunting and trapping guide.  Waterfowl hunting zone descriptions and boundaries are available here.
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities:
Duck hunting seasons begin with designated “youth waterfowl hunts” in each zone of the state.  These youth hunts are great opportunities for junior hunters (12 to 15 years of age) to be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter (including those with current Harvest Information Program registration and duck stamp – see below) and learn the skills necessary to become a successful waterfowl hunter.  The adult should not possess a firearm while accompanying a youth who is hunting ducks on any of these days.  The daily bag limits during the youth hunts is the same as during the regular season. The youth hunts are held on weekends in each zone of the state, as follows:
Northeastern Zone – September 17-18
Lake Champlain Zone – September 24-25
Southeastern Zone – September 17-18
Western Zone – October 1-2
Long Island Zone – November 12-13
Duck Season Overview:
Most waterfowl seasons are similar to previous season dates.  However, there are notable changes to the Southeast Zone and Northeast Zone regular duck seasons.  For the first time, the Southeast Zone (October 1) will open prior to the Northeast Zone (October 8).  The Southeast task force sought to provide early opportunity for locally-nesting and early-migrating ducks by starting the season on October 1.  The Northeast Zone task force chose to maximize the number of hunting days in October, while avoiding overlapping opening dates.  Possession limits for all ducks remains three times the daily bag limit.
The most significant change to waterfowl seasons occurred in the Long Island Zone.  The “Special Sea Duck Season” in coastal waters has been eliminated due to sea duck population concerns.  Sea ducks may still be taken during the regular duck season throughout New York State, and sea ducks will count toward the regular duck limit.  Also, crippled sea ducks may still be legally taken under power in the previously described “Special Sea Duck Area.”
A full explanation of hunting season rationales, developed by the hunter task forces, can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28513.html.
Goose and Brant Season Overview:
The September Canada goose seasons begin on September 1 throughout Upstate New York, and on September 6 for central and eastern Long Island, providing an additional 50 days to pursue these popular game birds during this fall and winter. Resident geese remain abundant in many areas of the state with the population estimated to be approximately 240,000 birds statewide, and migratory populations that pass through New York were estimated to be similar to recent years.  Hunters are reminded that Canada goose seasons are set for different geographic areas of the state than other waterfowl seasons, so be sure to review the maps and season dates closely here.  Canada goose season dates and bag limits in most areas are similar to last year.
A special conservation season for snow geese, in addition to the regular hunting seasons in each zone, will be open in all of Upstate New York from January 16 through April 15.  These birds have become so abundant that they are causing harm to wetland habitats throughout their range. Special seasons have been established in many eastern states and provinces to increase hunter harvest and help reduce this population. The daily limit for snow geese is 25 per day, and there is no possession limit.  Electronic calls and shotguns capable of holding more than three shells may be used to take snow geese at any time when all other waterfowl hunting seasons are closed.
Lastly, due to higher than anticipated mid-winter brant counts, the daily bag limit has increased from one bird to two birds and the season length has increased from 30 days to 60 days.                 
Hunting Safety:
Commissioner Seggos reminds hunters to follow simple safety guidelines and to use good judgment when choosing a time and place to hunt. Being considerate of other people enjoying the outdoors or who live nearby can help avoid potential conflicts and ensure a safe and enjoyable season. Hunters should be considerate and look to minimize disturbance of local residents whenever possible.  More information about avoiding conflicts between waterfowl hunters and waterfront property owners can be found here. 
Habitat Stamp:
Commissioner Seggos also encourages all outdoor enthusiasts to consider purchasing a Habitat/Access Stamp, an optional stamp that helps support the DEC's efforts to conserve habitat and increase public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation. Buying a $5 stamp is a way to help conserve New York's fabulous wildlife heritage. More information about purchasing a Habitat Stamp is available here.
For More Information
New York’s 2016-2017 Waterfowl Season and Bag Limit Pocket Guide is available on the DEC website, and hard copies are available from regional offices (www.dec.ny.gov/about/558.html) or by e-mailing wildlife@dec.ny.gov.
NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife App
DEC also encourages hunters to download the New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App on the Apple App Store or Google Play store, or by going to the Pocket Ranger website. 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, the 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.
The app provides plenty of additional features to maximize any outdoor adventure:
Real-time calendar of events News, advisories, and weather alerts Social networking and photo sharing Potentially life-saving alert features Cacheable map tiles for offline use Advanced GPS mapping features including built in compass

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today unveiled new regulations concerning deer and bear hunting, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. 
These regulations increase opportunities for junior hunters to take bears, rescind an antlerless-only rule from 2015 in portions of southeastern New York and the Lake Plains, reduce antlerless harvests in two management units in the western Adirondacks, and clarify when special season tags may be used by bow and muzzleloader hunters.
“We rely on hunters to help us meet our science-based population management goals, and these new regulations will help us explore alternative season structures that will advance improved population management,” said Commissioner Seggos. “The youth hunt has been very popular with families across the state, and we’re pleased to offer this expanded opportunity for junior hunters.”
The new bear hunting regulation now includes the taking of bears in the youth firearms hunt over Columbus Day weekend that was previously a deer-only event.
The 2015 regulation that prohibited harvest of antlered deer during portions of the bow and muzzleloader seasons in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 1C, 3M, 3S, 4J, 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8N, 9A, and 9F has been rescinded, allowing the take of both antlered and antlerless deer during the entire bow and muzzleloader seasons in these units.
In these WMUs, deer populations are above desired levels, and the antlerless-only rule was implemented in 2015 as part of a multi-phase process to increase antlerless harvest. However, reported harvest of female deer did not differ substantially between the WMUs with the antlerless-only periods and nearby WMUs without the rule, nor did the antlerless-only periods increase reported female take as desired.
In contrast, deer populations in WMUs 6F and 6J have been declining, so harvest of antlerless deer is now prohibited during the early muzzleloader season in these units.  Winter weather conditions are a primary driver of deer abundance in the northern part of the state, and the winters of 2013 and 2014 were especially harsh. Coupled with mild conditions this past winter, reducing the harvest of antlerless deer should prevent further population decline and stimulate growth. The DEC expects this change to be temporary. 
The final regulatory change is simply a technical correction to clarify that hunters who purchase both the bow and muzzleloader license privileges may use the Bow/Muzzleloader either-sex and Bow/Muzzleloader antlerless-only deer tags in either season or both in one of the seasons with the appropriate implement. This has always been DEC's intent, but ambiguity in the previous wording of the regulation could have led to confusion. Hunters who purchase just one of the special season privileges are still only allowed to use the Bow/Muzzleloader tag during that particular special season.
Under the 2016-17 budget, Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative provides $3 million for State land access projects and $4 million for hunting and fishing infrastructure. The 2015-16 budget also created a new capital account, which, along with federal Pittman-Robertson funds, will be used to manage, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat and will improve and develop public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation. This year’s commitment builds on the previous $6 million in funding for 50 new projects to provide access to approximately 380,000 acres of existing State lands for recreation, including boat launches, bird-watching areas, trails and hunting blinds, and $8 million for upgrades and improvements to fish hatcheries statewide. 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that sporting licenses and Deer Management Permits for the 2016-17 season will be available for purchase beginning August 1. Licenses and permits can be purchased at any one of DEC’s license-issuing agents, in person, by telephone, or online. Hunting and trapping licenses are valid for one year beginning September 1, 2016. 
“Hunting, trapping and fishing opportunities in New York have never been better and are an essential economic driver for communities across the state,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “Governor Cuomo’s continued commitments to the NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative are bolstering our efforts to provide world class hunting and fishing opportunities statewide.  DEC is committed to enhancing our science based management programs to provide for abundant opportunities for our sportsmen and sportswomen to go afield during the upcoming hunting and trapping seasons.”
Under the 2016-17 budget, Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative provides $3 million for State land access projects and $4 million for hunting and fishing infrastructure. The 2015-16 budget also created a new capital account, leveraging federal funds to manage, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitats – an initiative that will improve and develop public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation.
Outdoor recreation and sporting activities continue to generate significant economic revenue across the state. According to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, sportsmen and women spent $4.95 billion on hunting and fishing in New York in 2011 and support more than 56,000 jobs across the state. In addition, spending by hunters and anglers generated $623 million in state and local taxes in 2011. Revenues from the sale of all sporting licenses provide direct support to the state’s efforts to protect, preserve and enhance wildlife species and the habitats they depend on. 
Deer Management Permits
Deer Management Permits will be available at all license-issuing outlets or by phone, internet or mail through October 1, 2016. Deer Management Permits, which are used to ensure proper management of the deer herd, are issued through a random selection process at the point of sale. Customers who are selected will receive their permits immediately. The chances of obtaining a Deer Management Permits remain the same throughout the application period - hunters do not need to rush to apply for a Deer Management Permit on the first day of sale. The 2016 chances of selection for a Deer Management Permit in each Wildlife Management Unit are available online, through License Issuing Agents, or the Deer Management Permits Hotline at 1-866-472-4332. Detailed information on the program is available here.
The new Hunting & Trapping Regulations guide, which provides an easy to read compendium of all pertinent rules and regulations, will be available in August at all license issuing outlets and on the DEC website along with a list of license-issuing agents. You can also find that list at our online License Center or by contacting the DEC Call Center at 1-866-933-2257.
Expanded Call Center Hours
Starting August 1, the DEC Call Center will be accessible from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through October 1, 2016. Regular call center weekday hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will resume on October 2. 
Individuals should have the following items ready when buying a license:
Complete name and address information DEC customer ID number (if applicable) Proof of residency (e.g., driver’s license or non-driver’s ID with a valid NYS address) and, if purchasing by phone or internet, a valid credit card. If not already entered in DEC’s automated licensing system, individuals are required to provide proof of hunter or trapper education certification or a copy of a previous license for all hunting and trapping license purchases.
Other Programs: 
Free Sportsmen Education Training Courses Offered
DEC works closely with thousands of dedicated certified instructors statewide to provide sportsmen education training courses free of charge. Courses are offered for Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education and Waterfowl Identification. Courses do fill quickly, so anyone interested should register soon. Education courses are added continuously throughout the year, so be sure to check the on-line system frequently to find a course near you. To locate a nearby hunter or trapper education course, visit DEC’swebsite at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html or contact a local DEC office for assistance.
New Opportunities for Junior Hunters & Trappers
In an effort to foster the next generation of hunters in New York, the DEC has expanded opportunities for junior hunters (licensees ages 12-15) and trappers (under 12 years old) by designating special youth hunts for deer, wild turkey, pheasants, and waterfowl through the Mentored Youth Hunter and Trapper Program. These opportunities allow youth hunters and trappers to spend time in the field with experienced adults and gain the necessary knowledge and skills to become safe and responsible members of the hunting and trapping community. You can find more information about these programs and other opportunities for junior hunters and trappers here.
Habitat Stamps and Trail Supporter Patch
DEC encourages all outdoor enthusiasts to consider purchasing a Habitat/Access Stamp and/or a Trail Supporter Patch. These stamps and patches support the state’s efforts to conserve habitat, increase public access for fishing and wildlife-related recreation, and maintain non-motorized trails. Buying a $5 stamp or patch or donating directly to the Conservation Fund is a simple way to help conserve New York’s rich wildlife heritage and enhance outdoor recreation in the state.
The Venison Donation Program
Additionally, anyone - not just hunters and anglers - can help feed the hungry by making a monetary contribution to the Venison Donation Program at any license issuing outlet. Individuals should inform the license sales agent if they are interested in making a donation of $1 or more to support the program. Since 1999, these funds have been used by the Venison Donation Coalition for the processing of more than 330 tons of highly nutritious venison, the equivalent of 2.8 million meals served. For more information about the Venison Donation Coalition program, visit DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8351.html.
Participate in Citizen Science to Benefit Wildlife Management
Each year, thousands of hunters, trappers and anglers help the DEC monitor wildlife populations by recording their wildlife observations while afield. Information on how to participate in the Cooperator Ruffed Grouse Hunting Log, Bowhunter Sighting Log, Winter Wild Turkey Flock Survey and other Citizen Science programs is available on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/1155.html.