DEC Announces Proposed Rule Changes To Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law, Public Comments Accepted Through July 21 New York

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DEC Announces Proposed Rule Changes To Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law, Public Comments Accepted Through July 21 New York, DEC
     With new state legislation authorizing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to allow taking of big game (deer and bear) or small game by the use of a crossbow at certain times and places in New York, DEC is now accepting public comment ... Specifically, the law changes authorize DEC to: Allow the take of deer and bear by the use of a crossbow during a limited portion of the early bowhunting seasons ... The new law prohibits all hunting with crossbows in Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester counties or in the archery-only portions of Albany and Monroe counties, and DEC's proposed rule reflects these restrictions.
      Details of the proposed rule can be viewed in the June 4, 2014 publication of the New York State Register and on DEC's website under Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources Proposed, Emergency and recently adopted regulations . For a general summary of the law, see DEC's information oncrossbow hunting . DEC's position on crossbow use for deer hunting is provided in Appendix 5 of the NYS Deer Management Plan (2.45 MB, PDF).

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