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DEC Reminding New Yorker’s to Share the Woods This Season


The Southern Zone regular big game season will commence this upcoming season Saturday, November 19th and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to share the woods and to follow “common-sense” safety precautions for the rest of fall and winter seasons.

“With most public land across New York State open to multiple forms of recreation, from hiking and nature photography to hunting and trapping, visitors should be cautious, courteous, and responsible when sharing the woods to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience,” said Commissioner Seggos. “DEC encourages all visitors to review the safety guidelines for hunting and recreating in the woods before going afield and respectfully sharing the outdoors with others.”

Big game hunters who use a firearm are required by the DEC to wear hunter orange or pink while out hunting. The DEC, though, encourages non-hunters to wear orange, pink, or another bright color during the hunting season to be seen more easily and from greater distances.

The bright colors also help the DEC, Forest Rangers, or any other rescue personnel be able to find lost, sick or those injured easily.

The DEC reported that 2021 was the safest year for hunter in the state since the Hunter Education Program was launched back in 1949.

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