Issues: Hunting and Fishing

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


Senator Kenneth P. LaValle today announced that legislation he sponsored in the Senate to protect the permits of commercial fishermen with large boats has been signed into law.  The new law exempts certain commercial fishermen from having to comply with a 1997 statute that limited the length of commercial fishing vessels.


September 22, 2010


Senator Bill Larkin (R-C, Cornwall-on-Hudson) 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

"Each year, dozens of people call my offices because they either never received this brochure or because they want additional copies for their friends and family," said Senator Larkin. "Now, instead of waiting for what they need in the mail, these individuals and anyone else can just go to my website and print out, or simply review, the information they are after."

September 21, 2010

Crossbows to be introduced for hunting in New York State

Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) is pleased to announce that crossbows will be introduced into New York hunting circles now that Governor Paterson has signed into law legislation (S.6793-B) the Newfane lawmaker has long sponsored.

September 21, 2010

Crossbow Legislation Signed Into Law By Governor

ALBANY, N.Y.— Legislation sponsored by David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) allowing crossbows to be used during hunting season was signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

"Expanding New York’s hunting regulations to include crossbows will expand Upstate’s economic opportunities,” said Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida). “It will provide increased revenue to the state and our local communities through licensing and will also draw in out of state hunters looking to experience hunting in New York.”

September 20, 2010

New fishing access on Niagara River

Senator Maziarz joined local officials on this gray and rainy morning to dedicate a new fishing pier in North Tonawanda's Gratwick-Riverside Park along the Niagara River.  Funding was obtained from the Niagara River Greenway Commission to complete the project.

September 16, 2010

Valesky Trapping Legislation Signed By the Governor

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Legislation sponsored by State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) allowing the Department of Conservation to assign personal identification numbers to trappers (S.2622) has been signed into law. 

“This legislation will enable the DEC to protect the public, while at the same time protecting trappers’ private information,” said Senator Valesky.

The new law will allow trappers to substitute personal information with an identification number assigned by the DEC. Currently, the Department of Environmental Conservation requires that all traps must display trappers’ names and addresses. The ID number will be traceable only by police and the DEC.

August 3, 2010
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