DEC proposes new opportunities for bear hunting
2011-05-20 11:14:36 GMT
- Open WMUs 3F, 3G, 3N, 3R, 3S, 4C, 4K, 4L, 4T, 4U, 4Y, 4Z, 5S and 5T to black bear hunting for the archery, regular and muzzleloading seasons. This would include all of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Rensselaer, and Washington counties, and the portion of Rockland that was not already open for black bear hunting. Season dates for these units will be the same as those in place for adjacent units already open to bear hunting in the Southern bear range.
- Establish an earlier start to the existing regular black bear season in wildlife management units in parts of central and western New York by removing the 7-day lag that has previously existed between the start of the regular deer season and the regular bear season in this portion of New York. This will provide a uniform bear hunting season framework for all bear hunting in the Southern Zone.
This map illustrates the proposed bear hunting expansion east of the Hudson River (red). The proposed regulations would also establish a consistent bear hunting season across the Central-Western (blue), Southeastern (orange) and East of the Hudson (red) bear hunting areas.
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