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September brings sportspeople minds on hunting seasons


Even though September offers some of the best fishing of the year, many sportsmen and women will be turning their attention to area woods and fields in the coming month.

Among the hunting seasons opening up in September are Canada goose, squirrel, bear, ruffed grouse, and deer. Since the new license year begins on Oct. 1, hunters are reminded that they need a current 2011-12 license in order to hunt before Oct. 1.

Canada Geese

The September Canada Goose Season runs from Saturday, Sept. 1-25 in the Northeast Goose Hunting Area. Hunting hours extend from an half-hour before sunrise to sunset, non-toxic shot is required, and the daily bag limit is eight geese. In addition to small-game hunting privileges, goose hunters will need a HIP number, and a duck stamp.

All individuals who hunt migratory game birds in New York state are required to register in the state’s Harvest Information Program (HIP). Registration is valid from July 1 through June 30 annually, and individuals can register at or by calling 1-888-427-5447. Individuals who are 16 years and older need a federal migratory game bird hunting stamp (duck stamp) in order to hunt waterfowl. Duck stamps are available at most post offices, on-line at, or by calling 1-800-852-4897.


The season for gray, black, and fox squirrels also opens on Sept. 1, and that season runs through Feb. 28. Hunting hours extend from sunrise to sunset, and the daily bag limit is six squirrels. Since red squirrels are unprotected by regulations, reds may be hunted at any time of the year.

Black Bears

The Early Black Bear Season begins on Saturday, Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 12, the day before Muzzleloading Season starts across the Northern Zone. Wildlife Managements Units open for early-bear hunting are 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6C, 6F, 6G, and 6H. Hunting hours extend from sunrise to sunset.

When a successful hunter reports his take, DEC will mail a collection packet, including a postage-paid return jaw envelope and information explaining collection. DEC uses part of the bear’s lower jaw or a tooth to determine age of the bear.

Ruffed Grouse

The Ruffed Grouse Season opens on Thursday, Sept. 20, and, like the squirrel season, continues through Feb. 28. Often called “partridge,” ruffed grouse may be hunted from sunrise to sunset. The daily limit is four birds.

DEC is seeking grouse hunters to participate in a survey to help monitor ruffed grouse populations. For more information, visit and search for ėgrouse hunter log.î


The Early Bowhunting Deer Season in the Northern Zone opens on the traditional Sept. 27, a Thursday this year. That season runs through Oct. 19, the day before the beginning of the Regular Deer Season. Hunting hours extend from sunrise to sunset, and hunters must have valid 2011-12 hunting privileges, which would consist of a bow/muzzleloader either sex tag or a bow/muzzleloader antlerless tag.


Monday: Lisbon Sportsmen’s Club Hosts Trap and Skeet Shooting at Pray Road. Property at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday: Hunter Education Course at Morley Wesleyan Church (Pre-register at 244-0787; 6-8 p.m.).

Saturday: Chippewa Bay F&G Club’s Annual Corn Roast.

Saturday: Squirrel Season Opens in NYS.

Saturday: Early Canada Goose Season Opens in Northeast Goose Hunting Area.

Sept. 5-6: Bowhunter Education Course at SLV Sportsmen’s Club (Pre-register at 394-0912).

Sept. 6-8: Hunter Education Course at Dexter American Legion (Pre-register at 785-2533).

Sept. 6-8: Hunter Education Course at Fort Drum (Pre-register at 772-0053).

Sept. 7-8: Hunter Education Course at Hammond Village Hall (Pre-register at 276-8063).

Sept. 7-8: Hunter Education Course at Gouverneur R&G Club (Pre-register at 287-0022).

Sept. 8: Bowhunter Education Course at Massena R&G Club (Pre-register at 769-3205).

Sept. 8: Bowhunter Education Course at Fort Drum (Pre-register at 772-5169; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.).

Sept. 8-9: Hunter Education Course at Star Lake Community Center (Pre-register at 848-3490).

Sept. 12-13: Hunter Education at Norwood Boces (Pre-register in person at Potsdam Town Offices).

Sept. 9-14: Hunter Education Course at New Hope Baptist Church, Watertown (Pre-register at 785-2533).

Sept. 11, 13 and 15: Hunter Education Course at Norfolk R&G Club (In-person Registration at Norfolk Town Hall).

Sept. 12-13: Hunter Education Course at Norwood BOCES (Pre-register in person at Potsdam Town Offices).

Sept. 14-15: Bowhunter Education Course at Duffany’s Paint & Body Shop (Pre-register at 788-2161).

Sept. 15: Early Bear Season Opens in WMUs 6C, 6F, 6H, 6J, 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, and 5J.

Sept. 20: Ruffed Grouse Season Opens in Northern Zone.

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