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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Rifle Hunting in Wayne County NY

Gov. Cuomo signed law earlier this month

Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) announced that the legislation to legalize rifle hunting in Wayne County has been signed into law by the governor. The bill, introduced in the Assembly earlier this year by Assemblyman Oaks, will attract more sportsmen and women to Wayne County by allowing the ability to use rifles to hunt on local lands during deer season.
“The new law is being welcomed by the sporting community and its organizations,” Assemblyman Oaks said. “More hunters are using rifles during big game season. The change in the law will make Wayne County even more appealing to local hunters and to those who visit our region to enjoy our natural resources.”
Several conservation and sportsmen’s groups supported the new law. Sodus Supervisor Steve LeRoy, an avid sportsman, also advocated for the change with the State Legislature. He said those wishing to hunt with a rifle during deer season should be able to do so in Wayne County
“It’s a positive thing because the counties surrounding us, Ontario and Cayuga counties, allow the use of rifles so this makes for consistency,” said Gene Van Deusen, who heads Wayne County’s Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.
Van Deusen said previously the law allowed for the use of rifles to hunt other prey, so long as it was not done during deer season. The change in the law recognizes that rifle hunting is becoming more popular in New York and that some people are already hunting with rifle cartridges that fit in their pistols during the entire big game season.
“Those cartridges shoot just as far as a rifle would,” Van Deusen said. “And there have been no more accidents with a rifle than there have been with a shotgun
Hunting season for deer and bear in the Southern Zone begins on Nov. 16. For more information go to 

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