New York: Fish and Wildlife Regulatory Revisions Proposed, Emergency, and Recently Adopted Regulations


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Jun 23, 2009
Western Massachusetts
DEC has proposed several rule changes that will affect deer and bear hunting this fall. The changes are designed to improve deer management, simplify big game hunting, expand hunting opportunity, and increase hunter safety.
DEC is proposing to:
- Extend legal hunting hours for deer and bear to begin 30-minutes before sunrise and end 30-minutes after sunset;
- Increase hunter safety by requiring all hunters pursuing deer or bear with a firearm to wear a solid or patterned fluorescent orange or fluorescent pink hat or vest or jacket;
- Increase antlerless deer harvest by establishing a 9-day firearms season in September for antlerless deer in certain WMUs;
- Allow hunters to harvest deer of either sex during the early muzzleloader season in three northern New York WMUs; and,
- Simplify bear hunting in the Adirondack portion of the Northern Zone by extending the regular firearm season to cover the entire hunting period.
Written public comments on these proposed regulations will be accepted through August 8, 2021.To view the proposed regulations and provide comment, visit DEC's Fish and Wildlife Proposed Regulations page:

Fish and Wildlife Regulatory Revisions.
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