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June 22, 2014

DEC announces tentative 2014-15 migratory game bird hunting seasons

The tentative schedule for many of New York’s 2014-15 migratory game bird seasons is now available online, allowing sportsmen and sportswomen to plan outdoor activities well in advance, the State Department of Environmental Conservation announced in a press release.

Tentative season dates for ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe and rails can be found on the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28503.html.

“Each year, DEC announces the tentative schedule so hunters can begin making plans for a safe and successful season,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

“Still, we always remind hunters to check the final dates, usually issued in late summer, before going afield.”

The final season dates, bag limits and other regulations for 2014-15 migratory game bird hunting seasons in New York will be posted on DEC’s website and announced by a statewide news release, once they are approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in late summer.

Hunters should confirm the final season dates before going afield.

The tentative season dates were developed by a team of DEC staff representing all regions of the state, taking into consideration anticipated federal regulations for the coming year and recommendations from Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces established by DEC for each zone, according to the release. For more information about the task forces, go to: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40737.html.

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 Whitehall, N.Y., and Burlington.

DEC encourages New York waterfowl hunters who frequent the Lake Champlain Zone to attend one of these meetings; details will be announced later this summer. Comments and suggestions about the Lake Champlain Zone may also be submitted to any DEC season-setting team member or by email to wfseason@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Copies of the 2014-15 migratory game bird hunting regulations brochure will be available on the DEC website in late August and by mid-September wherever hunting licenses are sold.

For more information about hunting waterfowl or other migratory game birds in New York, visit the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28175.html.

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