Fishing and Hunting News

Trout season is officially open in New York State! With 7,500 lakes and ponds and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, NY is a prime place for resident and visiting anglers to enjoy this popular recreational activity.

DEC’s trout hatchery program will stock catchable-size trout in early April. Our website offers a list of stocked waters and the anticipated number of fish to be stocked in 2017. For more information, please contact your local fisheries office.

Take a look at our Coldwater Fishing Forecast for 2017.

Purchase your fishing license in time for the start of fishing season. The license is valid for one year from the date you purchase it.


Spring Turkey Season Starts Soon

A turkey.

Hunters are preparing for another great spring of wild turkey hunting in upstate New York. The Youth Hunt for Wild Turkey, April 22 & 23, is a terrific opportunity for adults to mentor youngsters ages 12 through 15. Get the details on the Youth Turkey Hunt webpage. Regular spring turkey season begins May 1 and runs through the month. Head out to New York’s expansive fields and woods and enjoy pursuing these big, abundant, popular game birds. See the Turkey Hunting webpage for tips on enjoying a safe and productive time afield.

Nature Notes: Adult males, also called “toms” or “gobblers”, have red, blue, and white skin on the head during the spring breeding display.

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