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Sounds of Gunfire Aimed at Ducks in Manhasset Bay

Duck-hunting season extends through Jan. 27; in some cases longer.

Those gunshots heard around Manhasset Bay in the morning? They are aimed at ducks, according to the Port Washington Police.

That's news to some residents, who weren't sure what to make of the sounds.

“I heard them again this morning at just after 7,” one resident told Patch Wednesday. “Happens fairly often.”

Of course, people can't simply hunt at will. There are strict guidelines

Duck-hunting season for most species on Long Island extends through Jan. 27.

That is the case for hunters of ducks, coots, mergansers, sea ducks and brant; and until March 9 for snow geese. Special dates and restrictions are set for hunting Canada goose.

Hunters must first register with the Department of Environmental Conservation to receive a license, and follow all regulations. Learn more

Mary January 17, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Is there a law, as to how many feet from the shoreline, they have to be? Yesterday am, I could see the shooters tonsils!!!!! I think they were 25' away from my living room.
sadeto January 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM
500 feet from an occupied dwelling, except when shooting waterfowl on the water, then there is no restriction as long as the direction of fire is away from the dwelling.
David January 18, 2013 at 08:24 AM
I try to keep in mine that I grew up around guns, but seriously? Overreact much?
David January 18, 2013 at 08:24 AM
*mind
John January 19, 2013 at 01:08 AM
I don't know anyone hunting that close to shore. I am a guide in Manhasset Bay and the closest I am to the shoreline is 300 ft and I check on my GPS. As long as the direction of fire is 500 ft from an occupied or could be occupied space it is legal. But I can hunt a below the high tide mark as long as I am afloat. I understand your concern but this is a safe outdoor activity.

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