Fall is on its way, and that means hunting seasons are too. Mark your calendars now because the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the dates for the 2016-17 waterfowl hunting seasons.
Throughout New York State, there are five waterfowl hunting zones: the Northeastern Zone, Lake Champlain Zone, Southeastern Zone, Western Zone, and Long Island Zone. The Adirondack Park is within the Northeastern Zone.
The 2016-17 waterfowl hunting season will begin in September with a youth waterfowl hunt weekend. In the Northeastern Zone, the weekend will be September 17-18, 2016.
During this period, junior hunters (ages 12-15) in each of the five zones will be allowed to hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, brants, and Canada geese. However, the junior hunters must be accompanied by a licensed (HIP registration and duck stamp) adult. The weekend is meant to be an opportunity for young hunters to learn essential skills.
The 2016-17 Northeastern Zone regular waterfowl hunting seasons are:
- Ducks, Coots & Mergansers: October 8 – October 30 and November 5 – December 11
- Snow Geese: October 1 – April 15
- Brants: October 1 – November 29
- Canada Geese: October 22 – November 14 and November 16 – December 11
For both the youth hunts and the regular hunting seasons, the daily bag limits are the same. However, be aware of all the current daily bag limits as well as the total possession limits.
To go waterfowl hunting his coming fall, you must have your annual hunting license, be registered in New York’s Harvest Information Program, and in most cases, have a “duck stamp.”
To register in the Harvest Information Program, all you have to do is call 1-888-427-5447 or go online and input your information.
If you are 16 years or older, it’s a requirement to have a “duck stamp” to hunt waterfowl (excluding coots, rails, gallinules, woodcocks, snipes, and crows). You can buy one at most post offices, by phone at 1-800-852-4897, or online.
For more information about waterfowl hunting, check out the DEC’s 2016-17 Hunting Guide.
Are you prepared to go waterfowl hunting?