ALBANY The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the tentative schedule for many of New Yorks 2008-2009 waterfowl hunting seasons last week, allowing sportsmen and sportswomen to plan outdoor activities well in advance. We are announcing this schedule to give all hunters who enjoy this sport a better opportunity to plan vacations and activities around the hunting seasons, said Pete Grannis, DEC Commissioner. Although the dates wont be final until late summer when federal regulations are official, we expect the tentative season dates will conform with federal requirements for the coming year. As soon as the final federal waterfowl hunting regulations are known, the final season dates and other regulations for 2008-2009 waterfowl seasons in New York will be posted on DEC's website and announced by a statewide news release. Hunters should confirm the final season dates before going afield. Tentative dates for the September Canada goose seasons are as follows: Northeastern, Southeastern, and Western Zones: Sept. 1 - 25 Lake Champlain Zone: Sept. 2 - 25 Tentative dates for the Youth Waterfowl hunting weekends (Saturday-Sunday) are as follows: Northeastern and Southeastern Zones: Sept. 20 - 21 Lake Champlain Zone: September 27 - 28 Tentative dates for the regular duck hunting seasons are as follows: Northeastern Zone: Oct.4 - 13 and Oct. 25 - Dec. 13 Southeastern Zone: Oct. 11 - Oct. 19 and Nov. 8 - Dec. 28 For more information about waterfowl hunting seasons in New York, visit the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov.