LIVINGSTON COUNTY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that several small game hunting seasons will be opening Oct 1.
According to a press release from the DEC, in addition to this particular season opening, there are also special youth-only hunting seasons for pheasants and waterfowl opening prior to the start of the regular season.
“Hunting is a proud tradition in New York State, and this year we are offering more opportunities for the next generation of hunters to be introduced to this important sport,” said Seggos. “Our youth only hunting seasons are an excellent way to connect people to the natural world and teach to become safe and responsible hunters, and I encourage experienced hunters across New York to bring a novice hunter afield this fall.”
Season dates, bag limits, and other hunting regulations can be found in the New York Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which can be obtained from a license issuing agent, and on the DEC website (see links below).
Turkey season runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 28 in Livingston County. The statewide season bag limit is one bird of either sex, fewer than in past seasons.
“The change to the fall turkey season is being evaluated as part of a four-year research program during which DEC staff track hen harvest and survival,” said the DEC. “This data will be used along with information collected annually on turkey abundance, productivity, and hunter activity and harvest to determine future fall harvest opportunities that are sustainable under current environmental conditions and trends in turkey populations.”
Hunting seasons for ducks, geese, and brant, or waterfowl, begin in early October in many parts of the state, but there are also special opportunities for junior hunters ages 12 to 15 years. Junior hunters accompanied by a licensed adult hunter can hunt waterfowl on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. Junior hunters and adult hunters must be registered with the Harvest Information Program (HIP). Adult hunters must also have a federal migratory bird stamp.
Pheasant season begins Oct. 15 in Livingston County. Approximately 30,000 adult pheasants will be released on lands open to public hunting for the upcoming fall pheasant hunting season.
Since 2007, DEC has offered a special youth-only season to provide junior hunters the opportunity to hunt pheasants during the weekend prior to the regular pheasant hunting season. In western New York, the youth pheasant hunt weekend is Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. The junior hunter and their adult mentor must have a hunting license. Only the junior hunter is allowed to carry a firearm and harvest birds on these dates.
All release sites for pheasants provided by state-funded programs are open to public hunting.
Pheasant hunting opportunities have also been augmented by private landowners who have opened their land to public hunting. DEC is grateful for their help in providing high quality hunting experiences for New York’s sportsmen and sportswomen.
A list of statewide pheasant release sites and sites receiving birds for the youth-only pheasant hunt weekends can be found on DEC’s website here.
Informative links are accessible below for:
Turkey Hunting http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8366.html
Waterfowl Hunting and Youth Waterfowl Days http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28175.html
Small Game Hunting Seasons http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28634.html
New York Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37136.html