Early hunting season begins in New York
There may be more gunshots heard now, as hunting seasons for squirrel and Canada goose begin on September 1 in upstate New York, and the early bear and antlerless deer seasons begin Sept. 10 in certain areas of the state. "Early hunting seasons are a great opportunity to mentor and introduce new hunters to hunting," Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "Early bear, antlerless deer, and September goose seasons are all designed to reduce or stabilize wildlife populations in particular areas. By participating in these seasons, hunters help manage wildlife populations toward socially and ecologically desirable levels while enjoying time outdoors with family and friends." All upstate areas are open for hunting Canada geese from Sept. 1 through 25. The early bear season that begins Sept. 10 includes much of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, while the antlerless deer season is in much more limited areas. Go to the DEC website for more information about the September hunting season.