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Besides the expanded opportunity to take bears, New York State has rescinded the law prohibiting the shooting of antlered deer during parts of the bow and muzzleloader seasons.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 season, within the specific Wildlife Management Units (see below), it will be legal to shoot both antlered and antlerless deer during the entire bow and muzzleloader seasons.
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“In these WMUs, deer populations are above desired levels, and the antlerless-only rule was implemented in 2015 as part of a multi-phase process to increase antlerless harvest,” said Commissioner Seggos. “However, reported harvest of female deer did not differ substantially between the WMUs with the antlerless-only periods and nearby WMUs without the rule, nor did the antlerless-only periods increase reported female take as desired.”
The DEC also made a technical correction to clarify that hunters who purchase both the bow and muzzleloader license privileges may use the bow/muzzleloader either-sex and bow/muzzleloader antlerless-only deer tags in either season or both in one of the seasons with the appropriate implement. This has always been DEC’s intent, but ambiguity in the previous wording of the regulation could have led to confusion. Hunters who purchase just one of the special season privileges are still only allowed to use the bow/muzzleloader tag during that particular special season.
The bear and license changes affect all of New York State. The deer season change affects several Wildlife Management Units (WMU’s), including 8H. WMU 8H includes the following parts of central and northern Livingston County: Leicester, Geneseo and Livonia north of Rte. 20A; all of Lima, Caledonia and York; and Pavilion east of Rte. 19 and Rte. 246.
For further questions you can call the DEC at (518) 402-8044.