DEC reminds hunters to be careful ~ 2011

Because of the wooded areas that surround us, it may be a good thing to know some DEC regulations on hunting in NYS.

 

New York State News:

 ALBANYThe State Department of Environmental Conservation is advising hunters to use safety precautions during this hunting season which runs until December 11 for the Southern zone.

“New York has more than 3,000 dedicated volunteer sportsman education instructors whose goal is to create an extremely safety-conscious generation of hunters,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. He reminded hunters to be extra vigilant this year and make 2011 one of the safest hunting seasons on record.

Studies show that individuals wearing hunter orange clothing are seven times less likely to be injured than hunters who do not wear the bright fluorescent color. Over the past 10 years, 15

New York state big game hunters have been mistaken for deer or bear and killed – none wore hunter orange.

Hunting accidents generally have been on the decline, continuing a 50 year trend of increasing safety. Reports indicate that 2008 and 2009 were statistically the two safest years in the history of hunting in New York state. Although the 2010 report showed a minor increase in hunting related shooting incidents from the previous two years, the total incidents reported in 2010 were still well below the average of 66 incidents per year from the 1990s, and 137 incidents per year during the 1960s.

Big game hunting incidents continue to be very low compared to previous decades, despite the increase in rifle zones and the passage of the youth mentoring law in 2008

The following are a summary of general hunting regulations:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/hunting.html