The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is reminding hunters that September will mark the beginning of several hunting seasons throughout the state.
Those hunting seasons include: Squirrel and Canada Goose on Sept 1st in upstate, and early bear and antlerless deer on Sept 10th in select wildlife management units.
“Early hunting seasons are a great opportunity to mentor and introduce new hunters to hunting,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Early bear, antlerless deer, and September goose seasons are all designed to reduce or stabilize wildlife populations in particular areas. By participating in these seasons, hunters help manage wildlife populations toward socially and ecologically desirable levels while enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.”
The NYSDEC also noted important changes that were made that apply to this years hunting season:
*Hunters should also remember that several changes enacted in 2021 continue this year. Hunters and anyone accompanying them must wear a solid or patterned fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink hat, vest, or jacket when hunting deer or bear with a firearm. Hunting hours for deer and bear now include the full period of ambient light from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Twelve- and 13-year-old hunters can hunt deer (not bear) with a firearm or crossbow when accompanied by an experienced licensed adult.*