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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muzzleloader seasons in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 1C, 3M, 3S, 4J, 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8N, 9A, and 9F has been rescinded, allowing the take of both antlered and antlerless deer during the entire bow and muzzleloader seasons in these units.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. 

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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. 
 

burmjohn
We are only a day away from the 2015 Regular Gun Season for the Southern Zone (November 21st), the Northern Zone kicked off their Season a few weeks back. We want to wish everyone a safe and successful hunting season! Please make sure you keep us updated with reports of your hunts successful or not. Please be safe and have fun.
We wanted to point out a few important threads on the http://huntingny.com/forums/ forums to check out.
The 2015 "Live From the Stand / Woods" thread is up and ready for posting live action from the woods, 6th year in a row! -> http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/29242-live-from-the-woods-2015-edition-sixth-year-going-strong/
Also make sure you check out the 2015 Gun Harvest thread, post a picture and story (long or short) about it here: http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/29193-2015-huntingny-gun-harvest-thread/
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/
The 2015 Rut Report, What are you seeing? http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/29698-2015-rut-report/
We just posted up a topic right before bow season, which is still relevant now, http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/29243-what-have-you-done-this-year-to-prepare-for-the-2015-season/ - What have you done this year to prepare for the 2015 season. Jump on and let us know!
There are a ton of new threads to read over in the Deer Hunting and Gun / Rifle Hunting section to get you ready for the season opener, http://huntingny.com/forums/forum/11-deer-hunting/ and http://huntingny.com/forums/forum/15-rifle-and-gun-hunting/
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 232,478 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: http://huntingny.com/links Just select the category and click "Add Link" on the right side of the page.
HOT Topics:
What are you using opening day for your gun / scope combo? http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/30045-what-are-you-using-opening-day-sz/
The weather from last year kept hunters inside, did this lead to bigger bucks in WNY for this year? http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/30263-maybe/
Crazy hunting tactic that has worked (or almost worked)? http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/30259-crazy-hunting-tactic-that-has-worked-or-almost-worked/
LIVE from the woods 2015 Edition! - I know I mentioned this above, but man this this thread has over 3,150 replies already! Seriously check it out. http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/29242-live-from-the-woods-2015-edition-sixth-year-going-strong/
Retrieving Deer Question (Permissions / Property Lines) - http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/29800-retrieving-deer-question/
Other:
Be sure to check out the latest rules and regulations around deer, bear and other hunting regulations for NY here at the NY DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7857.html
If you have any interest in sponsoring the site you can contact us by using the contact form located here:http://huntingny.com/forums/index.php?app=contactus

burmjohn
Wow, time flies NY Hunters, its that time of the year again! Bow season starts in New York just a few days for the Northern Zone Folks and on October 1st for the Southern Zone guys. I hope everyone had an fun summer, had time to shoot your bows, sight in your rifles, setup their stands and get everything ready for this season.
We wanted to point out a few important threads on the HuntingNY.com site to check out.
The 2015 "Live From the Stand / Woods" thread is up and ready for posting live action from the woods, 6th year in a row! -> http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/29242-live-from-the-woods-2015-edition-sixth-year-going-strong/
As always there are some amazing trailcamera photos up, some real nice deer have been posted over the last few weeks -> http://huntingny.com/forums/forum/23-trail-camera-pictures/
We just posted up a new topic, http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/29243-what-have-you-done-this-year-to-prepare-for-the-2015-season/ - What have you done this year to prepare for the 2015 season. Jump on and let us know!
There are a ton of new threads to read over in the Bow Hunting section to get you ready for the season opener, http://huntingny.com/forums/forum/16-bow-hunting/
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 232,478 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: http://huntingny.com/links Just select the category and click "Add Link" on the right side of the page.
HOT Topics:
QDM is ruining deer hunting - http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/29096-qdm-is-ruining-deer-hunting/
Where to gut your deer - http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/29119-where-to-gut-your-deer/
What will cause you to drop a dime on another hunter? - http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/28971-what-will-cause-you-to-drop-a-dime-on-another-hunter/
Broadheads 2015 - http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/28755-broadheads-2015/
Scents..be honest... - http://huntingny.com/forums/topic/29222-scentsbe-honest/
Be sure to check out the latest rules and regulations around deer, bear and other hunting regulations for NY here at the NY DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7857.html
If you have any interest in sponsoring the site you can contact us by using the contact form located here:http://huntingny.com/forums/index.php?app=contactus
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New York State offers a wonderful diversity of options for deer hunters, with vastly different habitat types, an array of public hunting lands, and deer hunting opportunities that span four months. For hunters seeking solitude and freedom to cover lots of ground, the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York and the Catskill Mountains in southeastern New York offer thousands of square miles of wilderness hunting. For hunters seeking to maximize their success, the highest harvest densities routinely occur through the western Finger Lakes Region, and great opportunities also exist in suburban areas throughout the state. For hunters seeking the greatest prospects for large antlered bucks, the Lake Ontario Plains of western New York is a good option. For hunters seeking to extend their time afield, deer hunting runs through the end of December in Westchester County (bowhunting only), and Suffolk County's special firearms season runs through January.

Statewide, we are anticipating deer harvests to be slightly lower in 2015 than in 2014, largely due to some deer mortality this past winter and resulting reductions in antlerless permits in parts of the state. The 2014/15 winter was more severe than average, with fairly prolonged periods of deep snow and sub-zero temperature, particularly in the western Catskills and southwestern New York, and was the second rough winter in a row in portions of northern New York. DEC staff observed numerous cases of fawn mortality and fielded many similar reports from the public in these areas during late winter and early spring.
In many Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) where winter was particularly harsh and where we would like to stabilize or increase deer populations, we reduced our target allocation of Deer Management Permits (DMPs; antlerless tags) by 20-30% from what was issued in 2014 to counter the impacts of winter deer mortality. However, deer populations in large portions of central New York, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario Plains and a few units in southeastern New York remain above desired levels, and we intend to issue similar or more DMPs to maintain harvest pressure on antlerless deer in these areas. Thus, on balance, about 3% fewer DMPs will be available statewide in 2015 than were issued in 2014.
New Antlerless Harvest Rules in several WMUs
New this fall, DEC has implemented several changes that affect hunters in parts of the state during the bow and muzzleloader seasons. In WMU 6A, despite no DMPs since 2011, antlerless harvests must be further curtailed to allow the deer population to grow toward desired levels. Because about half of the antlerless harvest in 6A currently occurs during the early muzzleloader season, DEC has adopted a rule to temporarily make the early muzzleloader season in this unit valid for antlered deer only. This change should sufficiently reduce the antlerless harvest to stimulate desired population growth while still allowing the minimal antlerless harvest that occurs during bow season and the late muzzleloader season.
In contrast, in WMUs 1C, 3M, 3S, 4J, 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8N, 9A, and 9F, deer populations are above levels desired by local stakeholders, resulting in unacceptable impacts to residents and local ecosystems. In these units, offering increasing numbers of DMPs each year has no longer been a productive way of increasing antlerless take, yet greater antlerless deer harvests are needed. Harvest report data reveal that only 5.2% of successful hunters in these WMUs reported taking 3 or more deer (including bucks), and only 1.2% of successful hunters reported taking 4 or more deer. Additionally, reported harvests during the early bowhunting season in these WMUs are disproportionately skewed toward antlered bucks compared to other hunting seasons. Thus, DEC recently adopted a rule to redirect hunter effort toward antlerless deer by making the first 15 days of the early bowhunting season and all of the late bowhunting and late muzzleloader season in these units valid only for antlerless deer. Greater cooperation by bowhunters in removing antlerless deer in similar ratios as during other seasons and increased harvest of antlerless deer during the late seasons will benefit the broader public who are affected by negative deer-related impacts.
More information about these changes can be found at New Antlerless Hunting Rules for 2015.
Buck Harvest Management
DEC is also finalizing our analysis of potential buck hunting regulations to determine what approaches, if any, may be most appropriate considering hunter values in various regions of New York. Hunters continue to be much divided in what they value about buck hunting. While many hunters have voiced a desire to reduce harvest of yearling (1.5 year old) bucks to have a greater chance of taking an older buck with larger antlers, many hunters also prefer to have the freedom to choose which buck they harvest and to practice restraint voluntarily. Our process of sorting all this out is described in an article on pages 22-23 of the 2015-16 New York Hunting & Trapping Guideand at the Buck Harvest Management webpage. We anticipate completing the analysis and being ready to provide more information to hunters later this fall. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, many New York hunters have continued an encouraging trend by voluntarily choosing to pass young, small antlered bucks. As a result, the availability and harvest of older, larger antlered bucks has been increasing. It is clear that the choices hunters make matter. To see and take bigger bucks, I suggest hunters consider voluntary antler restrictions.
Help Protect NY Deer from Chronic Wasting Disease
Though we have found no new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in New York deer since 2005, DEC continues to take the threat of CWD very seriously. Hunters should too. CWD is always fatal to deer. If introduced, CWD could spread rapidly and will be practically impossible to eliminate from the wild deer herd once established. Preventing CWD from entering New York is the most effective disease management strategy. Hunters can help protect New York's deer herd from CWD by following these tips:
Do not use deer urine-based lures or attractant scents.
If you hunt outside of New York, debone or quarter your deer before bringing it back, and follow the law about importing carcasses or carcass parts from outside of New York. See CWD Regulations for Hunters.
Dispose of carcass waste in a landfill, not just out on the landscape.
Report any deer that appears sick or acting abnormally.
Hunt only wild deer and support fair chase hunting principles.
Checkout the full article here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37304.html