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NYCHA by Bill Hilts, Sr.  

DEC wildlife managers report that the department plans to have Cornell University’s Human Dimension Research Unit conduct another survey of Empire State hunters, concerning the management of whitetail deer. Primary goal of the survey is to assess hunter preferences for potential strategies that may provide crossbow hunting opportunity, alter buck harvest management and modify deer hunting season structures, say officials.

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The New York Bowhunters and New York Muzzleloaders Association are jointly floating a proposal which would radically change the N.Y. State hunting season structure. Everyone will benefit, except for vast majority of hunters who hunt the regular firearms hunting season.

The NYB is seeking an October 1 opener in the Southern Zone for the bowhunters, and they also want to run the bow outing late into the year. The plan will essentially “gut” the regular firearms season and move the majority of the hunting days into December.

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 Once again, the State legislature chose to shelve the crossbow bills for another year.  This time, however, it was primarily because of the upheaval in the State senate. The resulting rule and procedure changes that have evolved from that struggle for control, should actually improve the chances of our crossbow bills, by making the process more transparent and extending greater influence to the individual senators.

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