Sportsmen – Your Opinion Counts!

By Senator Patty Ritchie
As the summer winds down, there’s no doubt that many of us are sad to see the season go.  But the cooler weather and shorter days signal the beginning of a new season that just begs us to get outdoors, hunting season!

Last week, 2012-13 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits went on sale. Permits and licenses can be purchased at one of the more than 1,500 DEC licensed sales outlets across New York State, and can also be ordered by phone, or through the DEC website ( ).

When obtaining your permits and licenses, it’s a good idea to get yourself up to speed on the new regulations that will be in effect during the 2012-2013 season.

The changes are outlined in the DEC’s new Hunting & Trapping and Freshwater Fishing regulation guides, which are available at all license issuing outlets.

Here in New York State, hunting and fishing are so much more than just seasonal, recreational activities.

In fact, sportsmen play a very important role in our economy, a $1.5 billion role to be exact, and money spent by sportsmen support local small businesses and help sustain thousands of well-paying and much needed jobs.

I want to do more to help grow outdoor recreation in Central and Northern New York, and I want to know your opinion on how to get that done.

Once again, I’m asking sportsmen to share your opinions on my annual online survey.

Trying something new, I even asked sportsmen to submit questions so that you too could see what’s on the minds of fellow hunters, fishermen and trappers.

To participate in my 2012 Sportsman’s Survey, visit

Your ideas can help make hunting, fishing, trapping and all of outdoor activities an even better experience and I will be sure to share them with my colleagues in the legislature and state government.

Best wishes for a safe, and successful 2012 hunting season!