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Recent changes to NY big game hunting found online

From New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation

-- Two recent changes to laws affecting big game hunting this year in Cortland County and in parts of Delaware, Sullivan and Ulster counties, were not included in the hardcopy version of the 2011-2012 New York Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide, but can be found online at

In Cortland County, a new law allows the use of rifles for big game hunting, but does not allow the use of crossbows during the regular big game season.  However, crossbows may be used in Cortland County during the late muzzleloader season.

See for a map of where rifles, shotguns, vertical bows and crossbows can be used for big game hunting and for details about hunting with crossbows and the required Certificate of Qualification.

Separate legislation authorizing the use of rifles for big game hunting in Wyoming County and in the portion of Chautauqua County south of Route 20 also allows the use of crossbows during the regular big game season and late muzzleloader season in those counties.

In Delaware, Sullivan and Ulster counties, a new law establishes mandatory antler restrictions in the portion of Wildlife Management Unit 3A south and west of State Route 28, which includes parts of Delaware, Sullivan and Ulster counties.  The law prohibits hunters from taking any antlered deer except those that have at least one antler with at least three points, and applies to all public and private lands and all deer hunting seasons.

Only hunters under the age of 17 are exempt and may take any antlered deer with at least one antler measuring three or more inches in length. Deer hunting regulations in all other WMUs were not affected by this legislation.

See for a map of deer hunting seasons including the area with mandatory antler restrictions and for information of antler restrictions in New York.

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