Safest Hunting Season on Record

2021 Is the Safest Hunting Season on Record

Senator Rath Highlights Safest Hunting Season

The DEC recently released data noting that 2021 was the safest hunting season for New Yorkers.  The report also noted that there were no incidents involving the expansion of youth hunting.

“Yet another record-breaking year for Hunting safety. Last season we added the Mentored Youth Big Game Hunting Program and the change in legal hunting hours, this is further evidence that our “First in the Nation” Hunter safety programs excellent training program and individual sportsman’s diligence to safety afield, is a great combination,” said Jeff Jondle, President, Erie County Sportsmen’s Club Inc.

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Coyote Encounters

DEC Issues Guidance to Avoid Coyote Conflicts

New Yorkers Urged to Follow DEC Guidelines to Avoid any Issues

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today issued guidance to help prevent conflicts between people and coyotes to protect the public and their pets.

“This is the time of year when New York’s resident coyotes breed and set up dens for pups that will arrive in the spring,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “While conflicts with people and pets are rare, New Yorkers should remain alert and follow DEC’s common-sense guidelines to minimize the risk for potential conflicts with coyotes.”

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Target Shooting at Tonawanda Swamp Illegal?

DEC Announces Closure of All Target Shooting Activity at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area

Closure Takes Effect Feb. 1

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, target shooting will be prohibited at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in DEC’s Regions 8 and 9. The closure will bring the WMA into compliance with recently adopted regulations for WMAs statewide that prohibit target shooting.

DEC adopted statewide regulations following a public comment period last year and is exploring additional options to provide safe and ecologically sound target shooting at alternative locations throughout the state.

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The Fishing Line

The Fishing Line - Dec. 31st Edition

Time to get out and ice fish.

In This Issue:

  • That’s a Wrap – 2021 Round Whitefish Egg Collection Complete
  • Lake Champlain Ice Fishing Survey – Year 2 Underway
  • The 2022 Ice Fishing Season – It’s Almost Here!

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DEC Exam: Licensed Guide

DEC Announces 2022 Dates for Licensed Guide Exam

Become a New York State licensed guide.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that examinations are scheduled for individuals seeking to become licensed guides in New York State. The exams being offered are for guiding in the following categories: camping; fishing; hiking; hunting; whitewater; rock climbing; ice climbing; and certified skilled with boats and canoes.

A guide is a person at least 18 years of age who offers services for hire, part or all of which include directing, instructing, or aiding another individual in fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, whitewater rafting/canoeing/kayaking, or rock and ice climbing.

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