Deer Hunting with rifles in New York State


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dodgestdshift
August 31, 2005, 05:55 PM
Governor Patacki has enacted the bill to allow deer hunters to use rifles in much of New York. The announcement follows, which also contains info on where it is now legal:


SENATOR DALE M. VOLKER ANNOUNCES NEW STATE LAW TO ALLOW HUNTING IN THE SOUTHERN TIER Wednesday, August 31, 2005
(Albany, NY) Senator Dale M. Volker (R-I-C, Depew) today announced that Governor George E. Pataki has enacted his bill into law (S.918), which would allow sportsmen to hunt deer and bear in the southern tier counties with rifles.

"This new law is a common sense approach to humanely thinning out our deer herds, stopping the spread of Lyme Disease in many Southern Tier counties and allows sportsmen and sportswomen to have enhanced opportunities in participating in our cultural heritage," said Senator Dale M. Volker. For several years, the growth in the population of deer in the Southern Tier has been profound, Many within our wildlife management organizations have been urging the State Legislature to enact this legislation so as to mitigate economic losses to our residents and to save lives as well," "By allowing rifle hunting for deer and bear in this region of our state, we can humanely lower the deer population as they often die of starvation. It will also prevent human deaths from automobile accidents that have been rising from vehicles hitting deer on our highways, and also see a reduction in the spread of Lyme Disease throughout the State of New York, which is often spread by deer ticks."

Senator Volkerís bill, which goes into effect immediately, would allow hunters to use rifles during open season for deer and bear in the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chenango, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Oswego, Otsego, Schoharie and Tioga, as well as certain rural towns on Broome County in those areas east of the Susquehanna River.

There are more deer in New York State than there were 10 years ago and there are fewer deer hunters than in previous years. Crop damage and deer and automotive collision is increasing by significant numbers and it is costing New York State taxpayers millions of dollars in damages. Expanding the law to include hunting with rifles in the Southern Tier counties may help control the deer population in those areas and simultaneously stimulate economic activity for area businesses. Additionally, the firearms that have been traditionally legal for hunting big game have become safer and less damaging to the animal.

This legislation was sponsored and passed in the State Assembly by Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte.

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Chipperman
August 31, 2005, 05:58 PM
Overall sounds like a positive article.

This sounds a bit odd:
"Additionally, the firearms that have been traditionally legal for hunting big game have become safer and less damaging to the animal." :scrutiny:

Sleeping Dog
August 31, 2005, 07:32 PM
Was the article copied from somewhere and not attributed? The bit about new rifles being nicer to animals was not a quote, just reporter gibberish.

Or was the article written by "Three on the Tree" hisself?

Regards.

dodgestdshift
August 31, 2005, 09:20 PM
The article was the official release from Senator Volker see:


http://www.senatorvolker.com/press_archive_story.asp?id=11715

USSR
September 1, 2005, 08:47 AM
"By allowing rifle hunting for deer and bear in this region of our state, we can humanely lower the deer population as they often die of starvation.

What a bunch of BS. The deer of the Southern Tier do NOT "often die of starvation". And, pray tell, if they want to lower the deer population, please tell me why only 1 in 3 applicants in my DMP zone (8S) will be getting a tag. The introduction of rifles to deer hunting in the Southern Tier will not increase the dear take. A typical shot in this part of NY is well below 50 yards, and if you can't hit a deer with a slug at that distance, you likely won't with a rifle either. Just MHO.

Don

scubie02
September 1, 2005, 09:00 AM
yeah, well, personally I am much happier to be using a rifle this year. Ammo is one hell of alot cheaper than the wonder slugs they have foisted on us the last few years (how many new slug guns can you get that don't have rifled barrels) and you get way better accuracy and performance. I live on the border of what was once rifle vs shotgun territory. I use a slug gun when I have to, but its never by choice or preference. Give me a rifle anytime.

GunGoBoom
September 1, 2005, 10:53 AM
Chipperman, that is a very strange quote. safer for the deer - huh?

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