Trapping permits are now available for three DEC Wildlife Management Areas in Western New York. The trapping locations are located in DEC's Region 8. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation opened the application process yesterday, Monday, October 3, 2022.

The permit applications for Oak Orchard, Tonawanda, and John White WMAs, are available to be picked up Monday through Friday at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Office, which is located at 1101 Casey Road in Basom, NY. The office is open from 8 am to 4 pm. Applications will be accepted from now through November 30.

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These three WMAs have a more restrictive trapping season:

Muskrat and mink trapping for these public lands will run from Dec. 3, 2022, to Feb. 15, 2023, and is limited to 25 traps at water sites. Beaver trapping dates follow the statewide seasons; and Upland trapping at the John White WMA does not begin until Nov. 1. Upland trapping at Oak Orchard and Tonawanda WMAs follows the statewide seasons.

Trappers will need to report their harvest and trapping efforts for all species in each area.

You can find more information about trapping regulations here.

Get Ready: Turkey Hunting Season Will Soon Kick Off Around New York State

Turkey hunting, which will be divided into three different sessions, will soon be permitted around New York State. Each session will be for two weeks.

The session in the northern region of the state will take place from October 1 through 14, 2022. The session for most of the rest of the regions in the state will be from October 14 through 28. The final session in the Long Island area will be from November 19 through December 2. Turkey hunting is closed in the New York City region.

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You find all the info on turkey hunting in New York State here.

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