New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis announced the tentative schedule for many of New York’s 2010-11 migratory game bird seasons Monday.
Tentative season dates for ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe and rails can now be found on the DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28503.html.
“Each year, DEC announces the tentative schedule to help give hunters an opportunity to begin planning their trips for a safe and successful season,” sid Grannis in a release. “But we always remind hunters to check the final dates, usually issued in late summer, before going afield.”
In the event that any season dates do not conform to federal regulations, the DEC plans to strive to ensure the final seasons encompass the tentative season dates to the extent possible. As soon as the final federal regulations are known, the final season dates, bag limits, and other regulations for 2010-11 migratory game bird hunting seasons in New York will be posted on DEC’s web site and announced by a statewide news release.
The tentative season dates were developed by a team of DEC staff representing all regions of New York State, taking into consideration anticipated federal regulations for the coming year and recommendations from Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces established by DEC for each zone. DEC has used a task force approach since 1997, and it has been very helpful for setting seasons where hunter preferences are diverse.
Tentative season dates for the Lake Champlain Zone were not included because they will be determined by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board following public meetings likely to be held in August in Burlington, Vt. DEC encourages New York waterfowl hunters to attend a meeting, and details will be announced by Vermont later this summer.
Copies of the 2010-11 migratory game bird hunting regulations brochure will be available on the DEC web site in late August, and by mid-September wherever hunting licenses are sold.