New York’s Department of Conservation is soliciting input from duck hunters throughout the state regarding dates for this year’s duck-hunting season, including opening and closing dates, split seasons and a special hunting weekend for junior hunters ages 12-15.
According to special task forces appointed by the agency to oversee activities for four of the state’s waterfowl hunting areas: the Western Zone, Northeastern Zone, Southeastern Zone, and Long Island Zone consisting of Nassau and Suffolk counties and their tidal waters. The state’s 5th zone, aka the Lake Champlain Zone, will continue to be controlled by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Management board (with input from hunters in both states as well as the NY Dec).
Suggested dates must comply with guidelines set by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which are expected to include a “60-day duck season, divided into no more than two parts per zone, beginning no earlier than September 27th and ending by January 25, 2015.” The 5th zone located at Lake Champlain will remain under the management of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Management Board, with input from hunters in both states, as well as the NY Dec.
Hunters can indicate their choices by contacting any task force member by April 4th. For a full list of their names and contact information check out www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42364.
Comments can also be sent to the DEC’s Bureau of Wildlife at 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-0001 518-402-8013