N.Y. State Department of Environmental Conservation(DEC) has made some changes to the big game hunting laws for this fall 2011, it was too late for the changes to be included in the hunting manuals of 2011-2012, usually provided when licensees are purchased. Do to the fact that the bills were signed late by Gov. Andrew Cuomo the new changes will not appear on the manuals of 2011-2012.
The changes in which have been made consist of allowing rifles to be used for big games in Cortland County. Also crossbows are only permitted during the muzzle-loading gun season, this will only be for a part of the fall hunting season.
Hunters in Delaware, Sullivan and Ulster counties are now prohibited from killing a spike horn deer, they must have at least one antler with three points. The law applies to all public and private lands and all deer hunting seasons. Only hunters under the age of 17 are exempt and may take any antlered deer with at least one antler measuring three or more inches in length. Deer hunting regulations in all other WMUs were not affected by this legislation.
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