Issues: Hunting and Fishing

A Proud Tradition of Giving ~ The Venison Donation Coalition

The Southern Zone regular deer hunting season begins at sunrise on Saturday, November 15, 2014 and concludes on Sunday, December 7, 2014.

Read more details online at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Please keep safety in mind.

November 10, 2014
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The 8th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show ~ Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 2014

WHAT: The 8th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show

WHERE: Wilkins RV, State Route 415 (just off I-86) in Bath

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show will feature hunting and fishing demonstrations, wildlife shows, free seminars and activities for children.

October 10, 2014
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RITCHIE JOINS ANGLERS FOR OGDENSBURG NYS B.A.S.S. TOURNAMENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined anglers recently for the NYS B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation Tournament held recently at the Dobisky Visitor’s Center and Marina in Ogdensburg.

Recently, Senator Ritchie secured $150,000 in special funding to support fishing tournaments and boost tourism in the Central and Northern New York regions.  The funding is being used to support 15 tournaments, including the recent tournament in Ogdensburg.

September 11, 2014
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RITCHIE DELIVERS FOR BLACK LAKE

$100,000 in state funds caps three-year effort to battle invasive weeds in St. Lawrence County's biggest lake

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 to help fight weeds on Black Lake, a popular spot for fishing, boating and outdoor recreation in St. Lawrence County.

In recent years, Eurasian Milfoyle—a non-native nuisance weed which forms dense mats of vegetation that shades out native species—has plagued Black Lake; disrupting water flow, hurting water quality, and hampering boating, fishing and swimming. 

 “For generations, Black Lake has provided countless opportunities for outdoor recreation to both tourists and local residents,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m thrilled to be able to provide this funding which will improve the quality of and access to Black Lake—two things that are critical not only to boosting tourism but also for enjoyment by those who call Northern New York home.”

August 29, 2014
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DEC Sets Crossbow Hunting Regulations

NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT FOR FALL 2014 HUNTING SEASON   

August 28, 2014
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What’s Your Opinion on Hydrofracking Waste in New York?

Earlier this year, I held a public forum in Albany on the issue of hydrofracking waste disposal, focusing on the health and environmental risks posed by the byproducts of hydraulic fracturing.  Hydrofracking waste is being brought into New York from Pennsylvania, and we know that this waste contains toxins that can contaminate drinking water. Some of this waste is being disposed of in New York landfills – but  is not being regulated as hazardous waste. I will continue fighting to protect New Yorkers from the dangerous waste products of hydrofracking. 

I’d like to hear the views of my constituents on these important issues. Please take a moment to answer these opinion questions below. Thank you for your participation.

August 18, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle’s Bill Enabling Easier Transfer of Family Fishing Licenses is Now Law

August 12, 2014 – Senator Ken LaValle’s bill to enable an easier transfer of State fishing licenses to family members was signed into law today.

Senator Ken LaValle said, "I sponsored this legislation to enable the great traditions of the East End fishing industry to continue from generation to generation.  Now, the licenses can be passed on to family members without the individual being required to live in the same residence.  We must do all we can to help ensure the survival of the fishing industry."

August 12, 2014
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Livingston County Rifle Bill Becomes Law

For Release: Immediate, July 22, 2014 

Senator Young, Senator Gallivan, and Assemblyman Nojay Announce Authorization of Rifle Hunting in Livingston County

Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean), Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Elma), and Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,I-Pittsford) announced the authorization of big game rifle hunting in Livingston County.

July 22, 2014
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GETTING HOOKED ON FISHING IN CNY, NNY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Whether it’s on the mighty St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond, or any of the other many bodies of water that dot our region, there’s not much that’s better than casting your line on a summer day. 

Not only is fishing a way of life here in Central and Northern New York, it’s also a major economic driver; helping to reel in $1.8 billion annually for our state.  While this industry helps to create jobs and has a significant impact on our bottom line, there’s still plenty of room for growth and countless opportunities for attracting even more sportsmen to our region. 

July 14, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $75,000 TO FIGHT GOOSE BAY WEEDS

Funding Will Help Clear the Bay for Outdoor Recreation

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in special funding to combat invasive weeds on Goose Bay; a top tourist and fishing destination in the North Country.

June 30, 2014
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Weekend's weather forecast looks great ~ Making plans? Remember that Saturday and Sunday are "free fishing days" across the region, statewide

Elmira, N.Y., June 27—State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) today reminded area residents and families that this Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, 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 27, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $150,000 FOR LOCAL FISHING TOURNEYS

Funding Will Help Promote Events, Raise Awareness of Region’s Waterways

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $150,000 in special funding to support fishing tournaments and boost tourism in the Central and Northern New York regions.  The funding will support 15 tournaments, including nine in St. Lawrence, four in Jefferson and two in Oswego County.

Included in the funding is support for  the 2014 BASS Eastern Divisional Championship, which will take place in September in Waddington as well as funding for the NYS BASS Masters tournament, which will be held in August in Ogdensburg.

“Here in Central and Northern New York, our rivers, lakes and streams are phenomenal natural resources that not only offer world-class opportunities for fishing, they also attract tourists to our area, boosting our local economy and creating jobs,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 26, 2014
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Senators Unite To Protect Second Amendment & Stop Microstamping

ALBANY – A majority of the members of the New York State Senate Codes Committee have today indicated their strong opposition to legislation (S.68A/A.3244A) requiring the microstamping of ammunition.

June 12, 2014
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Senator Lee Zeldin Lowers Hunting and Fishing Fees for Long Island Seniors

June 11, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Cumoletti (518) 455-3570

cumolett@nysenate.gov

Senator Lee Zeldin Lowers Hunting and Fishing Fees for Long Island Seniors

ALBANY—Senator Lee Zeldin (R,C,I—Shirley) announced that his bill to lower the age limits in which seniors are entitled to receive a reduction in fees for various hunting, fishing and trapping licenses passed in the Senate today.

The bill, S. 5133, changes the senior citizen age accepted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from seventy to sixty-five.

June 11, 2014
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RITCHIE HUNTING AND FISHING ‘GIFT CARD’ BILL WINS LEGISLATURE’S OK

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill directing the state to create “gift cards” that can be used for hunting and fishing license and other fees won final approval in the Senate today.

“Hunting , fishing and outdoor sports are traditions that are handed on from generation to generation, and these gift cards will make it easier for parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends to share their love of the outdoors,” said Senator Ritchie.

Last year, the state Department of Environmental Conservation unveiled gift cards that could be used for camping fees at state-run campgrounds.

June 11, 2014
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RITCHIE ATTENDS BRIER HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL BULLHEAD FEED

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited with the Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department at its 77th annual bullhead dinner on Friday.  Begun in 1937 as a community fundraiser, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) has honored the event as a living example of what was once a mainstay in rural communities across the state.

April 26, 2014
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Senator Valesky Attends Opening of New Fishing Access Site

Senator David J. Valesky joined Assemblyman Bill Magee, DEC Regional Director Ken Lynch, and Trout Unlimited for the opening of the new Chittenango Fishing Access site in Cazenovia on April 24. Senator Valesky noted for the local anglers that it looks like a great spot to catch some world-class trout.

April 24, 2014
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Fallen DEC officer honored

Ashley M. Casey / APR 13, 2014

The state Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Law Enforcement this week hosted a graveside memorial ceremony in honor of Samuel S. Taylor, the first environmental officer killed in the line of duty in New York state.

Taylor, a game protector (now called environmental conservation officers), was fatally shot at the age of 38 on April 5, 1914, after attempting to apprehend a duck hunter while patrolling the banks of the Mohawk River.

April 17, 2014
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH CNY, NNY SPORTSMEN AND GUN OWNERS IN ALBANY

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently met with Central and Northern New York sportsmen and gun owners who were in Albany to voice their opposition to the SAFE Act. 

Senator Ritchie has been a strong supporter of gun owners’ rights, voting against the SAFE Act and supporting measures to repeal the legislation.

April 4, 2014
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Senator Dilan Announces Passage of 2014 – 2015 State Budget

$138 billion spending plan funds citywide Pre-K, increases to TAP and higher-ed opportunity programs.Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Bushwick) announced the passage of  a $138 billion budget that includes $300 million for universal Pre Kindergarten programs in New York City, new government reforms and increased funding to social programs.“This year’s budget has made great strides to meet new, and greater demands while continuing to offset the gaps left by previous year’s cuts. I commend Governor Cuomo and my Senate Colleagues for delivering a responsible spending plan that spends smart, invests in our students, and offers some much-needed relief for our working families,” said Senator Dilan.  

April 1, 2014
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