By MARK WOODSON
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting public comments on several regulatory proposals for hunting black bear and white-tailed deer and for fisher trapping and general trapping regulations, Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today.
“These proposals are a result of our science-based management approaches combined with substantial feedback from hunters and trappers,” said Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos. “We continue to focus efforts to provide more hunting and trapping opportunities in the state, and these proposed regulatory changes balance our management goals with public interests of hunters and trappers from across the state.”
The proposed changes for deer and bear hunting will increase opportunities for junior hunters to take bears, rescind an antlerless-only rule from 2015 in portions of southeastern New York and the Lake Plains, reduce antlerless harvests in two management units in the western Adirondacks, and clarify when special season tags may be used by bow and muzzleloader hunters.
The proposed changes for fisher trapping reduce the trapping season in selected Adirondack Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in Northern New York where populations have declined in recent years and establish a limited open trapping season in select WMUs in Central/Western New York to provide new opportunities for sustainable use of this natural resource.
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