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Rules affect deer, bear hunting to implement NY 5-year deer plan

From New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation

-- To implement New York’s Five-Year Deer Management Plan, new rules have been proposed that will affect deer and bear hunting.

Regulation changes are needed to implement strategies of the recently adopted Management Plan for White-tailed Deer and include changes to deer hunting seasons, mandatory antler restrictions, use of Deer Management Permits (DMPs), and development of Deer Management Focus Areas.

The five- year deer management plan adopted in October 2011 following extensive public input can be viewed online at

Comments previously submitted on the draft deer management plan were important in finalizing the deer plan and developing this rulemaking proposal. 

DEC will accept public comments on the proposal through May 21.

Comments on this rule should be specific to the proposals herein and should not be resubmissions of previous comments submitted on the full deer management plan or previous regulatory proposals. 

This rule also proposes some adjustment of bear hunting seasons, which are generally concurrent with deer seasons.

To see detailed explanations of the proposals, including instructions for providing comments, visit the DEC website at

The proposed rulemaking can also be viewed in detail in the April 4 publication of the New York State Register, posted at

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