For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Michael Fraser
Tuesday September 2, 2003 (518) 402-8000
BAG LIMITS FOR SEPTEMBER GOOSE HUNTING SEASONS INCREASED
Measure Will Help Hunters Enjoy Successful Harvest
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced that the daily bag limits for Canada geese hunting during September have been increased in all Waterfowl Hunting Zones * except the Lake Champlain Zone * from five geese per day to eight geese per day.
"The resident Canada goose population is very large in New York and these hunting seasons provide waterfowl hunters the opportunity to harvest an over-abundant resource," Commissioner Crotty said. "The increased bag limits will also help in alleviating damage caused by these birds, as our sportsmen and sportswomen enjoy a highly valued outdoor experience."
The season dates and daily bag limits for all Hunting Zones are:
Western, Northeastern, and Southeastern Zones
September 1-September 25 8 birds per day; 16 in possession
Lake Champlain Zone
September 2-September 25 3 birds per day; 6 in possession
Long Island Zone
September 2-September 30 8 birds per day; 16 in possession
The higher daily bag limit was just recently approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and State regulations have been adjusted to reflect this change. However, the 2003-2004 annual Hunting and Trapping Regulation Guide, which went to print in the spring, still has the previous daily limit of five geese per day, and 10 in possession. This press release and regulations posted on the DEC website supercede those printed in the guide.
Hunters are reminded that all waterfowl hunters must register with the Harvest Information Program by calling 1-866-426-3778 * or visitwww.wetland.net * to obtain a confirmation number before going afield, and they must use the 2002-2003 hunting license (last year's hunting license) when hunting before October 1st. In addition, a 2003-2004 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp ("duck stamp") is required for all waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older.
DEC encourages all outdoor enthusiasts to consider purchasing a Habitat/Access Stamp when they purchase their license. The Habitat/Access Stamp is a new optional stamp that is available to people who want to support the DEC's efforts to conserve habitat and increase public access for fish and wildlife related recreation. Buying a $5.00 habitat stamp is the perfect way for young or old, angler or hunter, birder or photographer to help conserve New York's fabulous wildlife heritage. More information is available on DEC's website at:http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/
Albany, NY 12233-1016
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