Tentative waterfowl dates announced for 2009-10

Albany -_DEC has announced the tentative schedule for many of
New York’s 2009-10 waterfowl hunting seasons to allow sportsmen and
women to plan their fall hunting schedule.

“Although the dates won’t be final until late summer when
federal regulations are official, we expect the tentative season
dates will conform with federal requirements for the coming
year,”_DEC_Commissioner Pete Grannis said.

As soon as the final federal waterfowl hunting regulations are
known, the final season dates and other regulations for 2009-10
waterfowl seasons in New York will be posted on DEC’s Web site and
announced by a statewide news release. Hunters should confirm the
final season dates before going afield, officials said.

Tentative dates for the September Canada goose seasons are:

€ Northeastern, Southeastern, and Western zones, Sept. 1-25

€ Lake Champlain Zone, Sept. 8-25

€ Long Island Zone, Sept. 8-30

The bag limit for geese during September is 8 per day, with the
exception of the Lake Champlain Zone, where the limit is 5 geese
per day. The September season is designed to increase the harvest
resident Canada geese, which are causing more problems every year.
About 40,000 birds are taken annually by September goose hunters in
New York.

Tentative dates for the Youth Waterfowl hunting weekends
are:

€ Northeastern and Southeastern zones, Sept. 19-20

€ Lake Champlain Zone, Sept. 26-27

€ Western Zone, Oct. 10-11

€ Long Island Zone, Nov. 7-8

The Youth Waterfowl hunting weekends provide additional days for
junior hunters (ages 12-15) to hunt ducks, geese and brant. It’s
intended to encourage experienced waterfowl hunters to help teach
young hunters the techniques and ethics of the sport. The junior
hunter must be licensed and accompanied by an adult hunter in
accordance with all New York state regulations, and only the junior
hunter may take birds

Tentative dates for the regular duck hunting seasons are as
follows:

€ Northeastern Zone, Oct. 3-11 and Oct. 23-Dec. 12

€ Southeastern Zone, Oct. 10-18 and Nov. 7-Dec. 27

€ Western Zone, Oct. 24-Dec. 6 and Dec. 26-Jan. 10

€ Long Island Zone, Nov. 25-29 and Dec. 8-Jan. 31

Overall bag limits for ducks are expected to be the same as last
year (6 ducks per day), although changes to daily limits for a few
species are possible, officials said.

Tentative dates for the regular fall Canada goose hunting
seasons have not been determined, pending completion of population
status assessments later this summer. However, tentative opening
dates have been selected for most areas.

In upstate New York, excluding the Lake Champlain Zone, the
regular Canada goose season is expected to open on Saturday, Oct.
24, assuming that is the earliest date allowed by federal
regulations. On Long Island, the regular Canada goose season will
open on Nov. 25 (the day before Thanksgiving Day), the same as
opening day for ducks.

Those tentative season dates were developed by a team of DEC
staff representing all regions of New York. The season selections
are based on anticipated federal regulations for the coming year
and hunter input, including that from waterfowl hunter task forces
established by DEC for each zone. Duck seasons selected this year
are similar to those selected last year.

Tentative dates for duck and goose seasons in the Lake Champlain
Zone are not available because they will be determined by the
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board following a mid-August public
hearing in Burlington, Vt.

Copies of the 2009-10 regulations brochure will be available in
late September wherever hunting licenses are sold. DEC also plans
to mail a copy of the brochure to everyone who registered in New
York’s Harvest Information Program (HIP) last year. The brochures
are not routinely provided to post offices.

For more information about waterfowl hunting seasons in New
York, go to www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28503.html
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