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FYI - Guidelines For Using A Tree Stand While Hunting


Tree Stand Incidents and Safety

A hunter in a tree standing using a haul line to bring up their firearm.

Tree stand incidents are becoming a major cause of hunting-related injuries and fatalities in New York. The proper use of tree stands and full-body harnesses will help prevent injuries and fatalities. Follow these safety guidelines to ensure a safe, enjoyable hunt:

  • Check your stands (including straps and chains) every season and before every use and replace any worn or missing pieces.
  • Use a full-body harness with a lifeline, and stay connected from the time you leave the ground until the time you get back down.
  • Never carry your gun, bow, crossbow, or gear as you climb to your stand. Secure all your hunting equipment to a haul line, such as a strong rope. Do not tie the haul line around the trigger or trigger guard on a firearm, and raise a firearm with the muzzle pointing toward the ground. Once you are safely in your stand, and your tether is attached to the tree, raise your equipment into your stand. Use the same haul line to lower your equipment to the ground before climbing down.
  • Let a reliable person know where you will be hunting and when you will return. A map showing your stand location makes it easier for others to find you if you do not return on time.
  • Carry emergency equipment, such as a knife, cell phone, flashlight and whistle in your pockets at all times (not in your pack).

DEC Launches New Online Striped Bass Fishing Survey

DEC Launches New Online Striped Bass Fishing Survey

Stripd bass fisherman holding his catchDEC launched a new online survey to gain public opinion on several options developed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to address striped bass overfishing. The ASMFC also released a Draft Addendum VI (PDF) that addresses striped bass overfishing.

DEC’s Striped Bass Fishing Surveyallows anglers to select the preferred ASMFC striped bass management options and provide suggestions for developing commercial and recreational regulations for the 2020 fishing season. The survey is accessible through Monday, October 28, 2019.

To request a paper survey send us an e-mail or call (631) 444-0450.


NYSDEC Invited Public Comment On Huntington Brownfield Site

NYSDEC Invites Public Comment About Proposal to Address Contamination at Brownfield Site on New St., Huntington

This link opens a fact sheet that invites the public to comment on a proposed remedy to address contamination related to the 71 New Street Site #C152248 (Huntington, Suffolk County) within New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program:

NYSDEC is accepting public comments about the proposal through November 21, 2019. Please see fact sheet for details about the proposal and how to comment.

The fact sheet is in PDF format. You can save, open, and read the fact sheet by using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can go to the following web page on the NYSDEC web site to download the program:

Please do not respond to this email. Replies go to an untended mailbox. If you have questions about the contaminated site identified above, please use the contact information provided in the fact sheet.