Pike and Musky Seaon – May 1

DEC Announces Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye Season Opens May 1

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the fishing season for northern pike, pickerel, tiger muskellunge, and walleye opens on May 1.

Fishing regulation changes implemented earlier this year replaced the floating “Saturday” season openers with a fixed date in addition to other improvements to enhance fishing opportunities across the state.

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Hunting and Trapping Newsletter

Youth Turkey Season – Get Involved This Year!

New York State offers several youth hunting opportunities to allow young hunters time afield with experienced adult hunters outside of the regular hunting seasons. As a result, they gain the necessary knowledge and skills to become safe and responsible members of the hunting community. This spring, the youth turkey hunt is April 22nd and 23rd.

If you’re an experienced, licensed hunter, please consider taking a youth out! The youth season is open throughout upstate New York and even in Suffolk County. Several non-profit groups sponsor specific events, and we encourage experienced hunters to reach out and take a kid hunting.

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Bear Encounters

Reduce Conflicts with Bears

Public Encouraged to Remove Birdfeeders, Feed Pets Indoors

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded New Yorkers to take down bird feeders and secure garbage to avoid potential conflicts with black bears.

Bears are emerging from their dens, and now is the time to take steps to reduce potential conflicts through the spring and summer. Bird feeders, unsecured garbage, and outdoor pet and livestock feed can attract bears and lead to potential conflicts for homeowners. Repeated access to bird feeders and garbage can make bears bolder, seeking additional sources of human-related foods inside vehicles or buildings, particularly when natural foods are scarce.

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All About the Trout

The Fishing Line: All About Trout

In This Issue:

  • 2022 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide Now Available
  • Planning for Trout Fishing Season
  • New Trout Stream Signage
  • New Statewide Trout Fishing Regulations (Ponds & Lakes)
  • Virtual Webinar- State of Lake Champlain Salmonid Fisheries
  • New Video Release – Preserving New York’s Brook Trout
  • Staff Spotlight – Michelle Poprawski
  • The Forgotten Phoebe

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DEC Hosts 14th Annual National Archery in the Schools Tournament

DEC Hosts 14th Annual National Archery in the Schools Tournament

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently hosted the 14th annual state archery tournament for New York schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®). Twenty-two schools from 16 counties participated in the 2022 tournament held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

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