Bill S7508-2013

Relates to long bow hunting seasons in the state

Relates to long bow hunting seasons in the state; extends the season for long bow hunting in the southern zone; requires deer management regulations; permits localities to enact laws permitting the discharge of long bows within 150 feet of certain structures.

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  • May 15, 2014: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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BILL NUMBER:S7508

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to deer management, expanding longbow hunting season and authorizing towns to enact local laws relating to the discharge of longbows

PURPOSE: Relates to long bow hunting seasons in the state

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new subdivision to Section 11-0907 of the environmental conservation law that establishes that during any special muzzle-load firearm open season, longbow hunting shall also be permitted in the Northern Zone.

Section 2 adds a new subdivision 19 to Section 11-0305 of the environmental conservation law that details the preparation for a state deer management plan for the white-tailed deer.

Section 3 amends paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 11-0907 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by section 14 of part EE of chapter 55 of the laws of 2014 that outlines the regular open hunting season for deer.

Section 4 amends paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 11-007 of the environmental conservation law, as amended by section 15 of part EE of chapter 55 of the laws of 2014 that outlines the regular open hunting season for big game

Section 5 adds a new paragraph h to subdivision 7 of section 11-0903 of the environmental conservation law that allows the town board of any town to establish a local law that permits hunting on Saturday and Sunday during the season, permits the use of a long bow to take wild deer in designated areas and to repeal the requirement of a special permit.

Section 6 adds a new sub-paragraph 2-a to paragraph a of subdivision 4 of section 11-0931 of the environmental conservation law that authorizes a town board through a local law to permit the discharge of a longbow of not less than 150 feet from a dwelling house, farm building, active farm structure, or occupied factory

Section 7 sets an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: Throughout the State of New York, there are ever growing concerns of the overpopulation of deer. This legislation seeks to empower localities to take greater action to regulate the deer population within their communities. On the local level, town boards would have new flexibility to expand targeted long bow hunting.

On a state level, this legislation give new opportunities to hunters and sportsmen to have an expanded long bow hunting season and a more comprehensive white tail deer management plan that will consider current deer densities and whether the State needs to reduce its ideal deer population per square mile. Additionally, the plan would also have to provide expanded analysis on the role of deer in the dissemination of tick-borne diseases and outline new methods for decreasing the transmission of tick-borne diseases.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7508 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. GIPSON -- 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 deer management, expanding longbow hunting season and authorizing towns to enact local laws relating to the discharge of longbows THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 11-0907 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 11 to read as follows: 11. DURING ANY SPECIAL MUZZLE-LOADING FIREARM OPEN SEASON ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION EIGHT OF THIS SECTION LONGBOW HUNTING SHALL ALSO BE PERMITTED IN THE NORTHERN ZONE. S 2. Section 11-0305 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 19 to read as follows: 19. TO PREPARE OR CAUSE TO BE PREPARED A STATE DEER MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE WHITE-TAILED DEER (ODOCOILEUS VIRGINIANUS). SAID PLAN SHALL ESTABLISH GOALS AND METHODS FOR DEER MANAGEMENT AND POPULATION CONTROL, INCLUDING HUNTING REGULATIONS AND SHALL BE REEVALUATED AND UPDATED EVERY FIVE YEARS. SUCH PLAN SHALL INCLUDE AN ANALYSIS OF CURRENT DEER DENSI- TIES ON A REGIONAL BASIS AND ANALYZE WHETHER IT IS SCIENTIFICALLY APPRO- PRIATE TO REDUCE THE DEER POPULATION TO BETWEEN TEN TO TWENTY-FIVE PER SQUARE MILE. SUCH PLAN SHALL ALSO INCLUDE ANALYSIS OF THE ROLE OF DEER IN THE SPREAD OF TICK-BORNE DISEASES AND OUTLINE METHODS FOR DECREASING THE TRANSMISSION OF TICK-BORNE DISEASE DUE TO DEER POPULATION. S 3. Paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 11-0907 of the environ- mental conservation law, as amended by section 14 of part EE of chapter 55 of the laws of 2014, is amended to read as follows: a. Regular open hunting seasons for deer are established separately for the named regions or parts of regions, or named counties listed in column one of the table set forth in this subdivision, and are specified as seasons for taking by pistol, rifle, shotgun or long bow, or for taking by shotgun, crossbow or long bow only, or for taking by long bow only, as indicated in column three entitled "Manner of Taking". Where taking of big game by shotgun is permitted by this chapter such shotgun
may contain rifling in all or a portion of the barrel, provided, howev- er, if the barrel or a portion thereof does contain rifling only shells having non-metallic cases, except for the base, may be used. In the areas identified in column one except in the "closed areas" specified in subdivision five of this section the game specified in column two may be taken in the open season stated in column two immediately following the specification of the game, in the manner specified in column three. TABLE Column One Column Two Column Three Area Game and Open Season Manner of Taking (a) Northern Zone Deer, next to last Pistol, rifle, Saturday in October shotgun, crossbow through first Sunday or long bow in December (b) Catskill region Deer, first Monday Pistol, rifle, except Delaware, after November 15 shotgun[,] OR Greene, Sullivan, through first Tuesday crossbow Ulster counties after December 7 [or long bow] and those counties or portions thereof listed in item (i) of this paragraph (c) Counties of Deer, first Monday Pistol, rifle, Delaware, Greene, after November 15 shotgun[,] OR Sullivan and Ulster through first Tuesday crossbow after December 7 [or long bow] (d) Eastern region, Deer, first Monday Pistol, shotgun, except Columbia, after November 15 crossbow[,] OR Fulton, Orange, through first Tuesday muzzle loading Rensselaer, Saratoga, after December 7 firearm [or Washington Counties long bow only] and those counties or portions thereof listed in item (i) of this paragraph (e) Fulton, Saratoga, Deer, first Monday Pistol, rifle, Washington (parts after November 15 shotgun[,] OR in the Southern through first Tuesday crossbow zone), Columbia, after December 7 [or long bow] Orange, and Rensselaer counties (f) Southern tier, Deer, first Pistol, shotgun, central and Western Monday after November crossbow[,] OR region, except those 15 through first muzzle loading counties or portions Tuesday after firearm [or thereof listed in December 7 long bow only] item (i), (k)
or (l) of this paragraph (g) [Westchester Deer of either sex, long bow only County] SOUTHERN [November] OCTOBER ZONE EXCEPT 1 through SUFFOLK COUNTY December 31 (h) Suffolk County Deer of either sex long bow only Second Monday in November through December thirty-first (i) The counties of Deer, the first Monday Pistol, shotgun, Allegany, Cattaraugus, after November 15 crossbow, Cayuga, Chautauqua through first Tuesday muzzle loading except that portion after December 7 firearm[,] OR of the county north rifle [or of route 20, Chemung, long bow only] Chenango, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Oswego, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Wyoming and Yates and that portion of the county of Broome east of the Susquehanna river (k) The county of Deer, the first Pistol, shotgun, Ontario Saturday after November crossbow, 15 through first Sunday muzzle loading after December 7 firearm[,] OR rifle [or long bow only] (l) The county of Deer, the first Pistol, shotgun, Wayne Saturday after November crossbow, 15 through first Sunday muzzle loading after December 7 firearm[,] OR rifle [or long bow only] S 4. Paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 11-0907 of the environ- mental conservation law, as amended by section 15 of part EE of chapter 55 of the laws of 2014, is amended to read as follows: a. Regular open hunting seasons for big game are established separate- ly for the named regions or parts of regions, or named counties listed in column one of the table set forth in this subdivision, and are speci- fied as seasons for taking by pistol, rifle, shotgun or long bow, or for taking by shotgun or long bow only, or for taking by long bow only, as indicated in column three entitled "Manner of Taking". Where taking of big game by shotgun is permitted by this chapter such shotgun may contain rifling in all or a portion of the barrel, provided, however, if the barrel or a portion thereof does contain rifling only shells having
non-metallic cases, except for the base, may be used. In the areas iden- tified in column one except in the "closed areas" specified in subdivi- sion 5 the game specified in column two may be taken in the open season stated in column two immediately following the specification of the game, in the manner specified in column three. TABLE Column One Column Two Column Three Area Game and Open Season Manner of Taking (a) Northern Zone Deer and bear, next Pistol, rifle, to last Saturday in shotgun, October through first crossbow Sunday in December or long bow (b) Catskill region Deer and bear, first Pistol, rifle, except Delaware, Monday after shotgun[,] OR Greene, Sullivan, November 15 through crossbow Ulster counties first Tuesday after [or long bow] and those counties December 7 or portions thereof listed in item (i) of this paragraph (c) Counties of Deer, first Monday Pistol, rifle, Delaware, Greene, after November 15 shotgun[,] OR Sullivan and Ulster through first Tuesday crossbow after December 7; [or long bow] Bear, first Monday after November 15 through second Tuesday after December 7 (d) Eastern region, Deer and bear, Pistol, shotgun, except Columbia, first Monday after crossbow[,] OR Fulton, Orange, November 15 through muzzle loading firearm Rensselaer, Saratoga, first Tuesday after [or long bow only] Washington Counties December 7 and those counties or portions thereof listed in item (i) of this paragraph (e) Fulton, Saratoga, Deer and bear, first Pistol, rifle, Washington (parts Monday after November shotgun[,] OR in the Southern 15 through first crossbow zone), Columbia, Tuesday after [or long bow] Orange, and December 7 Rensselaer counties (f) Southern tier, Deer and bear, first Pistol, shotgun, central and Western Monday after November crossbow[,] OR region, except those 15 through first muzzle loading firearm
counties or portions Tuesday after [or long bow only] thereof listed in December 7 item (i) of this paragraph (g) [Westchester Deer of either sex, Long bow only County] SOUTHERN [November] OCTOBER 1 ZONE EXCEPT through December 31 SUFFOLK COUNTY (h) Suffolk County Deer of either sex long bow only Second Monday in November through December thirty-first (i) The counties of Deer and bear, the Pistol, shotgun, Allegany, Cattaraugus, first Monday after crossbow, Chautauqua except November 15 through muzzle loading that portion of the first Tuesday after firearm[,] OR county north of route December 7 rifle [or 20, Chenango, long bow only] Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Oswego, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga and Wyoming and that portion of the county of Broome east of the Susquehanna river S 5. Subdivision 7 of section 11-0903 of the environmental conserva- tion law is amended by adding a new paragraph h to read as follows: H. NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION TO THE CONTRARY, THE TOWN BOARD OF ANY TOWN SHALL BE AUTHORIZED TO ENACT LOCAL LAWS TO: (I) PERMIT HUNTING ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DURING SUCH SEASON; (II) PERMIT THE USE OF A LONG BOW TO TAKE WILD DEER DURING SUCH SEASON IN AREAS DESIGNATED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND THE TOWN; AND (III) TO REPEAL THE REQUIREMENT OF A SPECIAL PERMIT PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND ISSUED BY THE TOWN CLERK DURING SUCH SEASON AS PROVIDED FOR BY THIS SUBDIVISION. S 6. Paragraph a of subdivision 4 of section 11-0931 of the environ- mental conservation law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 2-a to read as follows: (2-A) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBPARAGRAPH TWO OF THIS PARA- GRAPH TO THE CONTRARY, ANY TOWN, ACTING THROUGH ITS TOWN BOARD, SHALL BE AUTHORIZED TO ENACT LOCAL LAWS TO PERMIT A PERSON TO DISCHARGE A LONG BOW A DISTANCE OF NOT LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY FEET FROM A DWELLING HOUSE, FARM BUILDING OR FARM STRUCTURE ACTUALLY OCCUPIED OR USED, OR OCCUPIED FACTORY. S 7. This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the amend- ments to paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 11-0907 of the environ- mental conservation law made by section three of this act shall be subject to the expiration and repeal of such paragraph pursuant to chap- ter 600 of the laws of 1993, as amended, when upon such date the provisions of section four of this act shall take effect.

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