Issues: Hunting and Fishing

'DEC Announces 2015-16 Waterfowl Season Dates' ~ Find out more here

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has just released information about the 2015-16 waterfowl hunting seasons, including season dates and updated regulations.

See the September 1 DEC announcement HERE.

September 2, 2015
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FOCUSING ON FISHING IN NEW YORK STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

August 3, 2015
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Summer 2015 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer 2015 Rural Futures Edition (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

July 31, 2015
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RITCHIE REELS IN $150,000 FOR LOCAL FISHING TOURNAMENTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $150,000 in special funding to help boost tourism by promoting fishing tournaments throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.

Funding secured by Senator Ritchie will support more than a dozen tournaments throughout the region she represents.  Included in the total funding is $20,000 for the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at the St. Lawrence River, which will take place this week in Waddington. 

“Whether you’re a competitive angler or someone who likes to fish for fun, there’s no disputing that fishing is a big part of our way of life here in Central and Northern New York,” said Senator Ritchie.

July 28, 2015
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GRIFFO: SENATE REPUBLICAN AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNOR SUSPENDS NY SAFE ACT’S AMMUNITION DATABASE

UTICA – State Senator Joseph Griffo announced Friday that a statewide ammunition database established through the NY SAFE Act has been suspended following a legal agreement that Senate Republicans reached with the Governor’s office.

In the Senate’s latest step to rein in this flawed and over-reaching law, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today by New York State Director of Operations James Malatras and Senator Majority Leaders John Flanagan suspends the creation of any database at this time that would require background checks for people who purchase ammunition.

July 10, 2015
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SAFE Act Ammunition Database Suspended

For Release: Immediate, July 10, 2015

            ALBANY - State Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader John Flanagan, have reached agreement with Governor Andrew Cuomo to make administrative changes to the SAFE Act, suspending the ammunition database and background check, announced Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-57th District).

            The memorandum of understanding (MOU), which mirrors part of a SAFE Act reform bill passed in the Senate, has been signed by Senator Flanagan and Jim Malatros, Governor Cuomo’s Director of State Operations.

July 10, 2015
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EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES, TRAIL BY TRAIL

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

July 6, 2015
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AMEDORE BILL TO ALLOW BIG GAME RIFLE HUNTING IN SCHENECTADY COUNTY SIGNED INTO LAW

 

Legislation (S.5316) that would authorize the use of rifles to hunt big game in Schenectady County, advanced by Senator George Amedore, was today signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

July 6, 2015
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Senator Young Announces State Funding to Clean and Preserve Chautauqua Lake

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) has announced that she secured state assistance for invasive species prevention for Chautauqua Lake.

 

As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained a $100,000 grant for the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA), to support the organization’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species that can wreak havoc on the lake if not controlled.

 

July 1, 2015
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Action Taken to Address Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Crisis

Focus is on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases

 

ALBANY – Improvements to the methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, along with legislation to help stop the spread of the deer tick population, recently passed the state Senate.

 

The legislative package was the result of work done by the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, to which Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was appointed earlier this year, and is aimed at addressing the rising public health crisis.

 

June 24, 2015
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Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, are 'free fishing' days in New York State ~ Find out more ~ 'We're fortunate to offer great fishing throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions,' said Senator O'Mara.

Elmira, N.Y., June 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area residents and families that this Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, have been designated as “Free Fishing Days” throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

O’Mara said that residents and visitors to the state can fish for free without a fishing license in any of  the region’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

June 23, 2015
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Senator LaValle and Assemblyman Thiele Pass Legislation to Create A Commercial Fishing Advocate and Commercial Fishing Economic Development Program

The new advocate would represent commercial fishermen and promote the business in the State's commercial fishing industry

June 17, 2015
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Senator Gallivan Announces Senate Passes Bill to Allow Moose Hunting in NY

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed a bill (S-93A) that would allow the hunting of moose in New York State.  The legislation would amend current environmental conservation law to regulate the taking of moose in the same manner as deer hunting. 

June 16, 2015
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Senate Approves SAFE Act Reforms

Like many New Yorkers, I strongly oppose the so-called SAFE Act, because I believe it is an unjust, unfair and unconstitutional infringement of our Second Amendment rights.

June 10, 2015
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News & Views - June 3

Senator Ranzenhofer provides an update on the Keep the Cap campaign, hunting legislation for Genesee County and a recent Electronics Recycling Drop-off event in the Town of Chili.

June 3, 2015
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State Senate Passes Bill Permitting Rifles for Deer Hunting

Legislation for Genesee County heads to State Assembly

 

Albany, NY – A bill, S.1292, to allow the use of rifles for big game hunting in Genesee County has passed the State Senate by a vote of 52 to 4.  State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer is the bill’s author and sponsor in the State Senate.

 

“In several areas of New York State, sportsmen are allowed to hunt deer with rifles, and this change in law would allow the use of rifles in Genesee County,” said Ranzenhofer.  “I am pleased to report that the bill has passed the State Senate, and I am hopeful that the State Assembly will pass it before session ends next month.”

 

May 28, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORED BY OSWEGO COUNTY FEDERATION OF SPORTSMEN’S CLUBS

In recognition of her efforts to support outdoors enthusiasts, State Senator Patty Ritchie was recently honored by the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen with the group’s “Advocate of Sportsmen Award.”

Representatives of the group—which includes 27 sportsmen's clubs with over 4,500 members—presented the Senator with the special award on a recent visit to the State Capitol. 

May 1, 2015
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RITCHIE MEASURE WOULD CREATE HUNTER SAFETY TAX CREDIT

Legislation Would Promote Hunting Safety by Helping Volunteers Cover Mileage, Equipment Costs

In an effort to recognize volunteer hunter safety instructors for the work they do to make the sport safer, State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced legislation that would provide a tax credit for certified hunting safety course instructors.

The measure—Senate bill 4961—would create a $300 tax credit for instructors of hunting safety courses, which aspiring hunters and trappers must complete in order to purchase a first-time sporting license.  The tax credit would help volunteers pay necessary expenses, like mileage and equipment costs incurred while becoming certified and teaching courses. 

“Last year’s hunting season was the safest on record, thanks to the hundreds of men and women who volunteer their time to teach safety basics to new hunters across New York State,” said Senator Ritchie.

April 29, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Eliminate the Use of Back Tags for Hunters

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced the Senate has passed a bill (S-92) that will eliminate a requirement that hunters display and wear back tags while hunting in New York State.  The legislation would amend environmental conservation law and eliminate confusion over hunting requirements.  

April 27, 2015
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Senator Ortt's Week in Review

Sen. Ortt discusses what he's been doing throughout his district. 

April 23, 2015
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