Issues: Hunting and Fishing


Small town on way to becoming America's fishing capital, but needs votes now

State Senator Patty Ritchie congratulated the residents and friends of the village of Waddington for winning 1st place in the first round of the Ultimate Fishing Town Contest.

"When a small village of just 900 can beat out communities across the nation, it's a real testament to the kind of community pride and spirit that you find in Waddington," Senator Ritchie said. "For too long the year-round fishing opportunities in Waddington and across Northern New York have been one of our nation's best kept secrets. That’s why when the Chamber of Commerce asked me for my support, I helped nominate Waddington and I urged my friends to join me in helping to put our region on the map."

May 10, 2011

Senator Valesky Named Co-Chair of New York State Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) has been named co-chair of the New York State Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. The bi-partisan group, made up of legislators from both the Assembly and Senate, focuses on legislative issues concerning sportsmen and women, including fishing, hunting and other outdoor-related activities.

April 18, 2011

Supporting Our Sportsmen

Newark - Senator Mike Nozzolio, continuing his support for sportsmen’s rights, recently attended the annual banquet of the Lake Ontario Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited.

Pictured left to right are: Committee members, Pat Hall, Bill Croft, and Joe Croft; Senator Mike Nozzolio; and John Hunter, Whitetails Unlimited State Field Director.


April 5, 2011

Meeting with sportsmen and sportswomen

Senator George Maziarz recently attended the annual dinner of Orleans County sportsmen at the VFW Club in Medina.

March 28, 2011

Senator Lee Zeldin Secures Repeal of the Saltwater Fishing License Fee

Agreement in the 2011-2012 State Budget 

Albany, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced today a three way agreement on his efforts to repeal the Saltwater Fishing License Fee. 

“In recent days, during Budget negotiations, there have been productive discussions between leaders from the Senate, Assembly and Governor’s office with regards to the repeal of the Saltwater Fishing License Fee,” said Senator Zeldin.

March 24, 2011

Fishermen Off the Hook: Saltwater License Law Repealed in State Budget

The State Legislature has reached an agreement with the Governor to repeal the 2009 Saltwater Fishing License New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) said today.

The license law, LaValle said,  will be transformed into a registration requirement to meet federal law. In addition, the registration is guaranteed to be free for the next two years and those who purchased lifetime licenses will be granted a refund minus the fee for the past year.

"I voted against the license law and fee when it was part of the 2009 budget and am happy to see the demise of what was essentially a hidden tax,” said LaValle. 

The agreement must still be ratified in the State Budget, which is expected to be approved shortly.

March 24, 2011

Senator Valesky Supports New Programs to Benefit New York's Servicemen and Women

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) voted to pass a package of legislation that extends or creates programs to honor the brave veterans and active military personnel who serve our nation.

March 15, 2011

Join the Fight to Restore Your Right to Fish for Free


For generations as Long Islanders, we have enjoyed our right to fish for free.  Two years ago, that right was taken away from us. Fishing is part of our history, and for many its part of the reason why we live here.

We shouldn’t have to pay for something that we have always enjoyed for free.  That is why I have introduced S.3638, which repeals the Saltwater Fishing License Fee.  

March 2, 2011

Senate Passes Legislation to Expand Sporting Opportunities

The State Senate today passed legislation supported by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that would expand opportunities for New Yorkers to participate in sporting activities including snowmobiling and hunting. 

March 1, 2011

Seward Bill Favored By Cortland County Sportsmen Passes Senate

ALBANY, 02/28/11 – Cortland County sportsmen and women will be allowed to use a rifle while hunting deer or bear under legislation (S.1683) passed by the senate, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) said today.

“This is common sense legislation that mirrors regulations already in effect in neighboring counties allowing the use of rifles while hunting big game,” said Senator Seward.  “More importantly, Cortland County sportsmen and women, who collectively have an impeccable safety record, strongly support the change.”

February 28, 2011

Senator Lee M. Zeldin and Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. Announce Legislation (S.3638) to Repeal New York’s Saltwater Fishing Fee

Brentwood, NY- State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) announced at a Saturday press conference and rally that he will be introducing legislation on Monday to repeal the New York State Saltwater Fishing License fee.  The press conference was held at the 2011 annual Suffolk County Boat and Sport Fishing Show amongst a large crowd of fishing enthusiasts.  Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (I- Sag Harbor) was on hand to announce his partnership as the sponsor of the bill in the State Assembly. 

February 26, 2011

Press Conference: State Senator Lee M. Zeldin to Hold Rally and Press Conference on NY’S Saltwater Fishing License Fee

Hauppauge, NY-  State Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) will be holding his first press conference as State Senator on Saturday, February 26 at 1 PM.  The event will take place at the 2011 Suffolk County Boat and Sport Fishing Show in Brentwood, NY.  Dozens of Long Islanders are expected to attend in support of the repeal of the Saltwater Fishing License fee.  This fee was enacted by the New York State Legislature two years ago and has been resented by Long Islanders ever since.  Senator Zeldin is expected to announce legislation to repeal it. 

WHO: Senator Lee M. Zeldin and members of the Long Island fishing community  

February 26, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Senator Larkin Meets With Ulster County Sportsmen During Their Annual Trip To Albany

Sportsmen from around the state met in Albany to voice their support and concerns on a wide variety of legislation before the Legislature.

January 26, 2011


On January 25, 2011 representatives of the Ulster County Federated Sportsmen came to Albany to attend the Second Annual “Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day”. Here some of them are pictured with Senator Bonacic and Senator Larkin after discussing their legislative agenda.

January 25, 2011

Senator Ken LaValle Applauds Court’s Decision Scuttling Fishing-License Rule

New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today applauded the New York State Supreme Court decision striking down a law that requires recreational anglers to obtain a fishing license to fish town waters.

The towns of East Hampton, Southampton, Shelter Island, Brookhaven, Southold, Huntington and Oyster Bay challenged the law as encroaching on their individual authority to regulate their waters. The law required any angler older than 16 to get a $10 license. The court’s decision applies only to the towns that filed suit.

“I voted against this measure when it was part of the 2009 budget and am happy it has been struck down,” Senator LaValle said.

December 17, 2010

Vension Donations Make a Difference

The locally based Venison Donation Coalition sums up the core of its mission this way, “With the downturn of the economy, budget cuts throughout the country, and increased layoffs, more and more Americans are feeling the crunch and being left hungry.  Those going hungry are families, children and single parents and the donation of venison can help feed these people.”

The Venison Donation Coalition is a foundation supported by sportsmen’s organizations, of course, but also by corporations, government agencies, civic and religious organizations, and individual citizens.  I’m grateful every year around this time to call attention to its work.

November 22, 2010

2010-2011 Fish and Game Brochure

New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) announced that the 2010-2011 Fish and Game brochure, a convenient guide containing important information on fishing and hunting in New York State, is now available online by going to

Fish and Game Season Dates for 2010.2011.pdf

October 18, 2010
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