HUNTING IN WAYNE COUNTY
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.
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
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.
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 http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/35010.html.