Grannis also reminded hunters to follow simple safety guidelines, and use good judgment when choosing a time and place to hunt. Being considerate of other people enjoying the outdoors or who live nearby can help avoid potential conflicts and ensure a safe and enjoyable season. As coastal areas become more populated, new landowners unfamiliar with the safety, ethics and traditions of waterfowl hunting often respond by seeking to limit hunter access to popular waterfowl hunting areas. Hunters should be considerate and try to minimize disturbance of local residents whenever possible.
There is a wealth of information concerning waterfowl seasons, bag limits, hunting regulations, and seasons setting process are available on the DEC web site.
Most duck populations in New York are in great shape this year, due to favorable habitat conditions across the continent for waterfowl nesting and brood rearing. Breeding populations of eastern mallards, wood ducks, and black ducks the three most commonly harvested ducks in New York as well as resident Canada geese are all similar to or higher than last year. Improved habitat conditions in central North America have also benefited some less common, but popular species, such as northern pintail, canvasback, and scaup. Duck hunters will see increased harvest limits from 2008 that will allow for one canvasback and two scaup per day throughout the 60 day duck season.
"New York's unique configuration of waterfowl management zones provides hunters with open seasons somewhere in the state from September through April," Grannis said.
While most waterfowl populations benefitted from favorable nesting conditions this year, some important goose populations, including migratory Canada geese and Atlantic brant, experienced poor production because of a record late snow melt across northern Canada.
In a press release, Grannis urged people who enjoy the outdoors to take advantage of the diverse waterfowl hunting opportunities across the state as a great way to connect to nature.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis this week announced the department's season selections and other regulations for waterfowl hunting this fall. These regulations will become official as soon as federal and state rule making procedures are finalized in the next several weeks.
In Broome and Chenango counties, the line dividing the "East Central" and "South" goose hunting areas was shifted to the south, following Route 88 West to Route 81 in Binghamton. This was necessary because a new Wildlife Management Unit (WMU 7P) was established in that area, and DEC strives to use WMUs as often as possible for most hunting area boundaries.
All migratory game bird (waterfowl, woodcock, snipe, rails and gallinules) hunters, including junior hunters (age Discount Men Canada Goose Citadel Parka Red Singapore 12 15), must register with New York's Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) prior to hunting in any of the 2009 2010 seasons. HIP registrations are valid
Unfortunately, these birds are overabundant and causing harm to wetland habitats throughout their range. A special harvest program that began in spring 2009 will continue in New York next spring to help reduce this population.
This year's season selections were developed by a team of DEC biologists from around the state, with input from many waterfowl hunters, including waterfowl hunter task forces. DEC has used task forces to help select waterfowl hunting season dates for more than a decade.
Dick Blume/The Post StandardJessie, owned by Matthew Snyder, brings in a bluebill duck on Oneida Lake, NY. late last year.
New York's 2009 2010 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons and Regulations brochure is available on the DEC website, and a copy of the brochure will be mailed to everyone who registered in HIP for New York last year. Copies will also be available in September at most license issuing agents and DEC regional offices.
2010 water fowl hunting seasons
For more information about waterfowl hunting in New York, including public hunting areas around the state, contact any DEC wildlife office. Contact information for all regional offices can be found on the DEC website.
All waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older must have a 2009 federal duck stamp to hunt during any of the 2009 2010 seasons, including those held in September 2009. Federal duck stamps cost $15 and are available at most post offices and some sporting goods stores. Stamps must be signed across the face by the hunter before they become valid, but they do not have to be attached to the hunting license.
The season selections for 2009 2010 are available on the DEC website.
As a result, desired increases in harvest limits for Canada goose seasons were put on hold, and modest harvest restrictions for brant were necessary. An exception among Arctic nesting geese is the greater snow goose, which reached an all time high of 1.4 million birds this spring.
from July 1 through June 30 annually (the same as federal duck stamps), so every migratory game bird hunter needs to register in HIP for 2009 2010 before going afield on or after Sept. 1. Hunters must register every year and for each state in which they plan to hunt migratory game birds, and also, they must carry proof of compliance whenever going afield.
The season selections for Canada geese, which start in some areas of the state on Sept. 1 and are set for different geographic areas than other waterfowl seasons, are available on the DEC web site. Hunters should note that a boundary change was made to New York's goose hunting areas for 2009 2010.