The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced today that hunting will be permitted within specific areas of select Long Island State Parks for the upcoming hunting season.
Hunting regulations in state parks are developed in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which establishes hunting seasons throughout the state. In addition to statewide hunting rules, special restrictions are in effect in state parks to protect visitors and to address wildlife management goals for each park. Hunters are advised to check with the state park regional office and with the local DEC wildlife management office for specific information. See the website at www.dec.ny.gov.
All hunters must have a valid New York State hunting license and, to hunt waterfowl, must also be registered in the Harvest Information Program (www.ny-hip.com) and have a federal migratory bird hunting stamp (“duck stamp”).
Reports of rabies in deer have been rare, but hunters and other park users should be alert to the possibility of encountering a rabid raccoon, fox or skunk. To reduce the risk of exposure, follow these guidelines:
- Do not approach wildlife that acts abnormally.
- Do not touch any animal found dead for unknown reasons. Hunters are advised to wear gloves and eye protection to avoid coming in contact with tissues or bodily fluids that may carry infectious disease.
To obtain a copy of the rules and regulations for hunting big and small game, contact any DEC office, including the Regional Wildlife office at SUNY Stony Brook, 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790- 3409, (631) 444-0310. Hunting Guides are available at all license issuing agents, and can also be found on the DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28182.html
All DEC hunting regulations apply in state parks. In addition, all New York State Parks regulations apply, including restrictions and limitations on areas open for hunting.