The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the tentative schedule for many of the states 2010-11 migratory game-bird seasons, allowing sportsmen and sportswomen to plan outdoor activities well in advance.

The 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.

In the event that any season dates do not conform to federal regulations, DEC will strive to ensure that 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 will be posted on DEC's website and announced by a statewide news release. 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 New York state, taking into consideration anticipated federal regulations for the coming year and recommendations from Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces established by the DEC for each zone.

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. The DEC encourages New York waterfowl hunters to attend a meeting; details will be announced in Vermont later this summer.

Copies of the 2010-11 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.

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