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Hunting in New York: 6 Animals to Hunt in the Summer

By    |   Friday, 29 May 2015 01:08 AM

Hunting in New York is a huge outdoor sporting option across the state, including the Long Island area. However, the one season of the year where the state has no species in season to hunt is the summer. Most of the hunting in New York is done in the fall and winter, although there are rare opportunities in the spring as well.

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For the people who prefer to get their hunting in during the hot summer months, the only options are fishing and hunting unprotected species. Here is a look at the few animals that licensed hunters can legally take in the summer months in New York.

1. Red Squirrels

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), there is a regular squirrel season in New York for gray, black, and fox squirrels from September through February, but when it comes to the red squirrel, it is open season year round with no limit. The hunter still needs a permit and must follow basic hunting laws in the state.

2. Porcupines

Another species of animal that can be taken during the summer months is the porcupine. Of course, this is one of the easiest animals to take, as they are one of the slowest animals out there and are also partially blind and deaf. The problem with the porcupine is that they cause a lot of property damage, which is one of the reasons that they are unprotected.

3. English Sparrows and Starlings

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The English sparrow and starling were both introduced into New York as invasive species. Through the years, both species of birds grew exponentially and have begun to destroy crops and kill other native species and destroy their nests. Because of the fact that they are destructive invasive birds, they are eligible for hunting in New York year round, including the summer months.

4. Rock Pigeons

Another species that is eligible for hunting in New York throughout the summer is the rock pigeon, according to the DEC. Of course, this bird is extremely well known in New York and continues to be a problem because people feed them despite requests by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation not to feed wild animals and birds.

5. Monk Parakeets

Finally, the monk parakeet is another species eligible to legally hunt in the summer in New York. Much like the English sparrow and starling, the monk parakeet is an invasive species, which is why the bird is unprotected and eligible for summer hunting in New York. The difference is that these birds are not destructive, but are still open for hunters.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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Hunting in New York is a huge outdoor sporting option across the state, including the Long Island area. However, the one season of the year where the state has no species in season to hunt is the summer. Most of the hunting in New York is done in the fall and winter.
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