New Laws and Regulations for 2012-2013 August 10, 2012 New York

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New Laws and Regulations for 2012-2013August 10, 2012 New York, DEC
Hunters should be aware of several new laws and regulations in effect for 2012-13:
  • The Southern Zone bowhunting season and the regular season in Westchester County (bowhunting only) begin on October 1.
  • A late bowhunting season will run concurrent with the late muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone. 
  • The Northern Zone regular season will now begin on the 2nd Saturday after Columbus Day each year (October 20, 2012 this season).
  • Deer Management Permits (DMPs, “doe tags”) may be used in all seasons in the Northern Zone.  DMPs may only be used in the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) for which they are issued.
  • Mandatory antler restrictions (3 points on one side minimum) are now in effect in WMUs 3A, 4G, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, and 4W during all seasons for all hunters 17 years and older.
  • All of Suffolk County will be open for the special January firearms season, subject to local discharge ordinances.
  • A Deer Management Focus Area in central Tompkins County will intensify use of hunting to assist communities in the Ithaca area with the burden of overabundant deer populations. 
  • Bear hunting seasons will run concurrently with the newly adjusted deer seasons. 
  • New legislation now allows use of rifles for big game hunting in Cayuga County.
More detail for each of these changes is available in the 2012-2013 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide (

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