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New York Proposes Hunting Season Changes

A white-tailed deer in Somers.
A white-tailed deer in Somers. Photo Credit: File photo

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing several changes to deer and turkey hunting seasons that could take effect as soon as this fall.

DEC officials are accepting public comments on the proposed changes until Monday, June 29.

Hunting antlerless deer would be restricted in many parts of the state, including Westchester County, due to population concerns.

However, in some areas of the state such as parts of Long Island there would be regulations encouraging more antlerless deer hunting; a press release from the DEC says this is because there are too many animals in some portions of the state, which creates “unacceptable impacts” to people and area ecosystems.

The changes would include shortening the turkey hunting season two weeks, and limiting each hunter to one bird of either gender for the entire season.

For more information or to submit a comment on the proposed changes, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website .

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