Perhaps that`s why the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed a change in regulations to extend big game hunting hours. New York has the most restrictive deer hunting seasons in the United States, according to the state`s 2021 whitetail management plan. All other states allow hunters to catch deer that start 30 minutes before sunrise or earlier, or their rules simply indicate daylight hours. And 46 out of 50 states allow deer hunting up to one time after sunset, which is usually 30 minutes. « We haven`t done ourselves any good as hunters with a few missteps in the past, » Dougherty said, citing a rare hunting accident in Rochester, New York, in 2017, in which a hunter who violated the sunset rule shot a woman walking her dogs when he mistook her for a deer. While such tragedies do occur, hunting accidents are rare compared to most other recreational activities, as confirmed by the NSSF`s latest firearms accident report. If a deer, bear or turkey is unfit for human consumption, a special permit may be issued allowing the hunter to take another deer, bear or turkey, provided the season is still open. The entire animal, including antlers, must expire to obtain a permit. A permit shall not be granted if the meat is unsuitable for neglected hunting. Call a regional law enforcement or wildlife office listed under Important Numbers. The New York DEC did not respond to a request for comment, but sources say the agency has been looking to update the regulations for years. It is still unclear why or how the regulation came into being, only that it has been in force for decades. The impetus to finally propose the change, according to Ross, came during discussions with the DEC when the state agency was considering adding extra days to the deer season around the holidays so students and other hunters could participate.

See www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/82382.html for more information on the Deer Management Area of Interest in Tompkins County. Expanding antler-bag limits and a January-free season in this region provide additional opportunities for hunters and help reduce deer-related conflict. Hunters who catch a deer in remote areas may want to dig it up and unpack the meat. It`s legal, but you need to keep the carcass tag with the boneless meat. A legally consecrated deer must have at least one antler of 3 inches or more. Antlerless deer are antlerless deer (fawns and fawns) and antlerless deer less than 3″ in length. Special regulations apply in restricted areas for timber. For more information, see About crossbow hunting.

Anyone who hunts deer or bear with a firearm, or a person who accompanies someone who hunts deer or bear with a gun, must carry: New York finally proposed a rule that would extend deer and bear hunting seasons to the national standard: 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. « Hey, how about an alternative to longer hunting seasons? » Ross says and refers to the NDA`s position on this issue. « If you add 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon, we told you that in the past, the total number of hours over the entire season was about 80 hours. » According to critics, the current regulation does just that: it turns otherwise legal and law-abiding hunters into game offenders. The law is also unnecessarily restrictive for hunters who have little time to hunt, such as people cramming into a seat before work or children rushing to their stalls after school. Obstructing hunters during the two most productive periods of summer game activity can delay the season for those who are already late, which could prevent casual deer hunters – those who only hunt a few days a year – from having legal harvesting opportunities. It is illegal to sell deer or bear meat. In addition to meat, parts (e.g. Skins, skulls, claws, antlers and taxidermy or carpets) are sold by legally removed and reported deer and bears. Gallbladder and bile cannot be owned or sold unless a valid bear tag (original or copy) is attached. After using your last deer tag, you can help others hunt deer. You must have your hunting license with you, and you must not shoot or attempt to shoot deer. This is how I think of New York`s current regulations on deer and bear hunting, which limit filming times from sunrise to sunset.

I lived and hunted in New York for six years, and not once did I meet another hunter who could explain why this Reg was in the books. Many deer hunters in New York don`t follow this rule because it just doesn`t make sense. The regulation deprives law-abiding hunters of legal and ethical shooting during periods when deer – crepuscular animals – are most active. Big game hunting takes place 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset (see sunrise and sunset). Sunday hunting is allowed in all areas of New York City. For hunting on state lands, confirm the regulations of the area before hunting. Ross sets a timer on his watch to set legal shooting times, and has therefore surpassed many deer over the years. Last season, when a handsome 3.5-year-old male entered a well-lit bow distance outside of shooting hours, it was particularly painful to shoot an otherwise ethical shot.

Although Ross is a proponent of the rule, he knows that many New York hunters are not. « Personally, it was a frustration, » says Matt Ross, director of conservation for the National Deer Association and a lifelong New York hunter. « I`m a legal hunter, so I respect this law. Deer are creatures that are most active at dawn and dusk, so shooting opportunities often take place in the last 30 minutes to an hour, and at the beginning and end of the hunting day, there are always shooting opportunities you can`t use. In addition to the fact that hunters in all other states legally and safely kill deer before sunrise, New York currently allows hunters to catch many other species such as turkey and migratory birds within 30 minutes of the sun. Fur-bearing animals such as coyotes can be slaughtered at any time, day or night, as can non-wild species. These reasonable shooting times further weaken arguments that twilight hunting is obviously dangerous. Neil Dougherty, president of NorthCountry Whitetails Consulting Services and another New York deer and bear hunter who complies with current regulations, is pleased that CED is trying to update the regulations. « There are gunshots in those 30 minutes at the beginning of the day and 30 minutes at the end of the day, literally every day of deer season, » Ross says. « And I`m sure they don`t poach deer.

These are people sitting there patiently waiting for a deer to show up [who are also legal hunters]. In addition, hunters around the world must make decisions about shooting that is completely legal, such as handing over a mule deer with a skyline or waiting for a white sling to emerge from behind the undergrowth. Hunters in the other 49 states are already able to reliably identify big game at dusk. This also includes deciding not to shoot if it`s too dark, even if it`s still in the legal light. I am convinced that New York hunters are responsible enough to make the same decisions. Hunters are prohibited from returning to New York with whole carcasses or intact heads of deer, moose, moose or caribou caught anywhere outside of New York. Only boneless meat, cleaned skull cap, non-stick meat antlers, raw or processed wrapper or skin, cleaned teeth or lower jaw, and finished taxidermy from CWD-susceptible animals may be brought to New York. For more information, see Chronic wasting disease. Some critics have also argued that longer daily filming hours would interfere with other outdoor recreational activities. But smart big game hunters are already in the forest during those hours anyway. Ross always enters his trees long before dayfall in the morning, and he stays in place after dark. Arriving or departing during these twilight hours would not only eject the deer, but also make it an exploratory opportunity.

In addition to the general hunting rules on how to catch them listed in the general license information, it is illegal to hunt big game with: At press time, a proposed ordinance was pending that would introduce a spring hunting season for turkeys in Suffolk County. The proposed season would last from May 1 to May 31, filming hours would be 1/2 hour before sunrise until noon, and the seasonal catch limit would be a bearded bird. If adopted as proposed, the season will come into effect in May 2023. Check CED`s website before hitting the road. Bow hunting opportunities include both bow hunting and the regular season: deer and bears are legally possessed only if they have the appropriate carcass tag, valid for that season, the device and the sex of the animal. Check the deer hunting season dates for clear descriptions of labels. When you see the term « start » of the bow or muzzle-loading season, it means before the regular season for that particular area. « Late » means after the regular season for this zone. Any hunting on state-managed land requires a DEC permit. The archery season lasts from October to January.

There is a gun season in January where shotguns and muzzle-loading rifles can be used. Gun users must obtain permission from a landowner to hunt during this season and may also require a municipal permit. For more information on LI hunting opportunities, please visit our www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8373.html website. « I watch those 30 minutes go by, » Ross says. « I don`t usually get out of the stands, even though the shooting time ends legally because I want to see if the deer move. This will give me the opportunity to reposition myself. I`m going to take my arrow out of my bow or take my bullet out of the gun so I don`t hunt legally, but I`m sitting there because when I see deer, I can say, « You`re from over there, I`m going to line up there next time. But it would be nice if I could sit there and shoot the deer [that night]. In 2021, CED and the New York State Legislature made several changes that increase and improve hunting opportunities for deer and bears: Barbed wire is illegal for big game hunting.

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