The tentative schedule for many of New York’s 2014-15 migratory game bird seasons is now available, allowing sportsmen and sportswomen to plan their days afield.
The final season dates, bag limits and other regulations for the hunting seasons in New York will be posted on the Department of Environmental Conservation’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. DEC has used a task force approach since 1997, and it has been very helpful for setting seasons where hunter preferences are diverse, according to a press release from the agency.
In the list below, there are references to daily bag limits and possession limits.
The daily bag limit is the maximum number of birds a hunter may take or have in the field during any one day. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for all waterfowl species except snow geese. The possession limit is the maximum number of birds that a hunter may possess in total in the field, at home, in transit, and in storage.
Games bird season dates in the Northeast Zone, which includes all of St. Lawrence County, are:
• Youth Days Sept. 20-21
• Ducks, coots, mergansers, sea ducks, Oct. 4-19, Nov. 1-Dec. 14; ducks six per day, 18 in possession; coots, 15 per day, 45 possession; sea ducks seven per day, 21 possession
• Snow geese, Oct. 1-April 15 (25 per day, no possession limit)
• Brant, Oct. 4-Nov. 22 (two per day, six possession)
• Canada goose (tentative season dates) Sept. 1-25 (15 per day), Oct. 25-Nov. 16 (three per day), Nov. 18-Dec. 14 (three per day)
For more info on hunting migratory game birds in New York, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28175.html.