Avon Loses Protected Piebald Deer to Car

UPDATE: Avon Misses Piebald Doe Struck by Car AVON – A deer that hunters vowed not to shoot was killed by a passing car sometime between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. The piebald doe was seen many times by lucky individuals around the area of Fowlerville Road and the Kraft-Heinz plant and appreciated for its unusual beauty. "The hunters were all saying they weren't going to shoot it," said Kara Temperato on Wadsworth … [Read more...]

EMAIL TO THE SUN: ‘Avon Deer Shooting is Morally Despicable’

The following is an email submitted by Ashley Pankratz to the GeneseeSun.com for publication. The attitudes and ideas expressed below should not be interpreted as the opinion of the GeneseeSun.com. When the Village of Avon surveyed its 3,394 residents to assess public opinion on the presence of deer within village limits, only 351 responded—a strong indication that most are not bothered by the deer with whom they share their community. … [Read more...]

No Opposition Heard at Avon’s Village Deer Harvest Presentation

AVON – No dissenters spoke as the Deer Management Committee publicly presented their plan to coordinate regulated annual deer culling in the Village. The committee, consisting of Don Mastin, Kevin Allen, Chris Connie, Scott Gage, Herb Jones, Chuck Kanty, Trustee Rob Hayes, Avon Police Officer Joe Geer, and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) representative Art Kirsch, presented the main points of the harvest plan designed to … [Read more...]

Early Bow Season Opens Oct. 1 in Livingston County

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that early bowhunting seasons for deer in New York State will be starting soon. According to a press release from the DEC, early bow season for deer and bear begins in the Southern Zone on Oct. 1 and continues through Nov 18. "Hunting opportunities in New York have never been better and the start of hunting season is an … [Read more...]

Avon Maps the Village for Fall Deer Hunt

AVON – The Village of Avon is surveying residents to map areas of high deer-human encounters and identify the best areas to allow a special deer hunt this fall. The deer hunting committee headed by Avon resident Don Mastin is currently organizing feedback from the surveys, which went out to residents with water bills. The committee is 'districting' specific areas to allow an alteration to the village ordinance that normally prohibits any … [Read more...]

NYS Opens Northern Livingston County to More Bear and Buck Hunting

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that it will be legal for hunters to shoot bears during the Columbus Day Youth Hunt and shoot antlered deer during the entire bow and muzzleloading season. Besides the expanded opportunity to take bears, New York State has rescinded the law prohibiting the shooting of antlered deer during parts of the bow and muzzleloader seasons. This hunting … [Read more...]

Livingston County Rifle Hunting Bill Heads to Governor for Final Approval

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The New York State Senate and now the New York State Assembly have both approved a bill that would permanently make hunting with centerfire rifles legal in Livingston County. According to a press release from NYS Assemblyman Bill Nojay, the bill making rifle hunting for deer and bear in Livingston County passed the state Assembly by a vote of 82-10. The bill will soon go to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who can sign it into … [Read more...]

DEC Asks Hunters to Let Younger Bucks Pass

NYLON – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is asking hunters to voluntarily pass up shots at younger bucks as a management method to protect the long-term health of wild deer herds. According to a press release from the DEC, a multi-year study to guide buck management in New York State found deer hunters prefer to harvest older bucks and that further expanding mandatory antler restrictions is not warranted at this … [Read more...]

Caledonia Farmer Bags Buck of a Lifetime

CALEDONIA – When lifelong farmer and father of three months Ben Benedict glanced out across his field on Sunday getting ready for church, he caught a flicker of movement as a fat doe trotted out from the treeline. Giving the situation every chance he could to be fruitful, he took his 30-06 rifle to a nearby tree and settled in. It was 9:30 a.m. Little did he know that he had just positioned himself to take a buck affectionately nicknamed … [Read more...]

Gun Season Begins Saturday for Deer and Bear Hunters

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The regular deer and bear hunting season for 2015 will begin tomorrow in Livingston County's Wildlife Management Units. Deer and bear seasons extend from Nov. 21, to Dec. 13. Since the approval of rifle hunting in June 2013, deer and bear hunters are now allowed to use high-powered rifles. However, the law prohibits hunting with any autoloading or fully automatic firearms, nor does it allow long firearms holding more … [Read more...]