Relates to hunting in the northern zone.
Ayes (13): Grisanti, Johnson, Little, Marcellino, Maziarz, O'Mara, Young, Avella, Espaillat, Oppenheimer, Perkins, Serrano, Stewart-Cousins
Ayes W/R (1): LaValle
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to continuing the authority of the department of environmental conservation to adopt regulations for hunting in the northern zone
PURPOSE: To extend the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) regulatory authority to manage deer hunting in the Northern Zone.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would extend DEC's authority to establish, by regulation, management measures for muzzle-loading firearm big game season in the Northern Zone until October 1, 2015.
JUSTIFICATION: Authority to set regulations by order provides a timely administrative process that optimizes the effectiveness of harvest management techniques. This legislation would extend DEC's authority to set, by regulation, the length and timing of the early and late Northern Zone muzzle-loading seasons, and to specify the taking of deer of either sex, antlerless deer only, legal bucks only, or any combination thereof. This flexibility allows DEC to set muzzle-loading seasons to promote recreational hunting and herd control most effectively. For example, in areas with large deer populations and a high potential for conflict with bow hunters, a late muzzle-loading firearm season would provide an additional opportunity for taking of deer while minimizing conflicts with other hunters. In the Adirondacks, concern about lower deer numbers might result in a short, early muzzle-loading season.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Last extended by Chapter 140 of the Laws of 2007.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4967 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 2, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, JOHNSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to continuing the authority of the department of environmental conserva- tion to adopt regulations for hunting in the northern zone THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph c of subdivision 8 of section 11-0907 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 140 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: c. Until October first, two thousand
[eleven]FIFTEEN, such special season for the Northern Zone or any portion thereof may by regulation be for up to a fourteen-day period preceding the regular open season for deer stated in column two of the table set forth in subdivision 2 of this section or may be for up to a fourteen-day period following such open season or any combination thereof, provided that a maximum of sixteen days is not exceeded for any open area. Regulations establishing such Northern Zone muzzle-loading firearm big game season may specify the taking of deer of either sex, antlerless deer only, legal bucks only, or any combination thereof, and may require that persons partic- ipating in the Northern Zone muzzle-loading firearm big game season obtain a special permit from the department. When establishing these regulations, the department must consider the condition of the herd and communities', property owners', hunters' and other relevant interests. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09001-01-1