The DEC is giving us a chance to contribute to the discussion of three ideas that could result in Hunting Regulation changes in New York State. The DEC seeks to gather input from hunters, hunting groups, and other stakeholders in additional to scientific data before the formal rulemaking process begins.
Idea: Modify regulations to allow junior hunters to take black bear as well as deer with a firearm during the Youth Firearms Deer Hunt during Columbus Day Weekend.
Idea: Reduce harvest of antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 6F and 6J in the Western Adirondacks by making the early muzzleloader deer season valid only for antlered deer in 2016.
Idea: Rescind the antlerless-only rule implemented in 2015 during portions of the bow and muzzleloader deer seasons in WMUs 1C, 3M, 3S, 4J, 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8N, 9A, and 9F. Work with hunters to identify a preferred and more effective process to increase antlerless harvest in these areas, including a possible new antlerless-only muzzleloader season, for implementation in 2017.
The DEC stated, "From this preliminary assessment, the antlerless-only rule does not appear to have substantially improved our ability to reduce deer populations in the treatment WMUs as needed."
For more information, including background information on each proposed change, visit the DEC website.
Submit your comments to the DEC by February 5, 2016 to any of the ideas below by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(use subject line: Possible deer and bear hunting changes for 2016).