Authorizes the holder of a junior small game license to hunt deer and bear with the use of a muzzle-loading gun during muzzle-loading firearm season.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing certain individuals to hunt with a muzzle loader
PURPOSE: To amend the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation law to authorize a junior small game license 12 years of age or older to hunt with a muzzle loader firearm.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 11-0701 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 18 to read as follows: 18. A junior muzzle loading stamp when affixed to a junior small game license entitles a holder who is twelve years of age or older to hunt wild deer and bear with a muzzle loading firearm, as provided in title 9 of this article, in a special muzzle loading firearm season.
JUSTIFICATION: The future of our hunting sports lies in the recruitment of new and young people. New York State is the only state which does not allow youth under the age of 16 to hunt big game with a firearm. These young hunters are able to go afield for small game hunting with a firearm at 12 years of age and hunters at age 14 are allowed to hunt big game with archery equipment. With the creation of a muzzle loader license, more youth can have the opportunity to enjoy the sport of hunting.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12 S. 3459 - Rules Committee/A. 9755 - EnCon Committee.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1966 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. GRIFFO, MAZIARZ, SEWARD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environ- mental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to authorizing certain individuals to hunt with a muzzle loader THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 11-0701 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 18 to read as follows: 18. A JUNIOR MUZZLE-LOADING STAMP WHEN AFFIXED TO A JUNIOR SMALL GAME LICENSE ENTITLES A HOLDER WHO IS TWELVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO HUNT WILD DEER AND BEAR WITH A MUZZLE-LOADING FIREARM, AS PROVIDED IN TITLE 9 OF THIS ARTICLE, IN A SPECIAL MUZZLE-LOADING FIREARM SEASON. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03003-01-3