Online Hunter Education Course Available For NY Hunters

From – NYSDEC Hunting and Trapping Newsletter The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation sent this bulletin on 04/13/2020 02:41 PM EDT First-time hunters who want to hunt during New York’s turkey hunting seasons must first earn a hunter education certificate prior to purchasing their first hunting license. This applies to both the regularContinue reading “Online Hunter Education Course Available For NY Hunters”

Prohibition of Competitions Involving The Taking of Wildlife

MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION Legislation that would make animal killing contests, competitions, tournaments, and derbies unlawful. The NYSCC is opposed to the enactment of blanket restrictions on competitions involving the taking of wildlife. Hunting, as all sports do, engenders a competitive streak. Thus, hunting and trapping contests have been conducted since time immemorial with participants congregatingContinue reading “Prohibition of Competitions Involving The Taking of Wildlife”

Cable Restraint

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT  Amend the environmental conservation law to permit the use of live restraint cable devices to take coyotes.  The NYSCC supports amending the ECL to authorize the use of live restraint devices for trapping.  Non-powered cable restraints hold captured animals alive and with few, if any, significant injuries.  This allows them to beContinue reading “Cable Restraint”

ATV Registration by Landowner

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT Amending the vehicle and traffic law to exempt from registration all-terrain vehicles used solely on lands owned by or leased to the vehicle owner.  The NYSCC believes all-terrain vehicles should be treated like other motorized vehicles. The owner of an ATV should not be required to register the vehicle when it isContinue reading “ATV Registration by Landowner”

ATV Max Weight

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT Amending the vehicle and traffic law to raise the defined maximum weight for all-terrain vehicles.  The NYSCC supports raising the maximum allowable dry weight for all-terrain vehicles, excluding snowmobiles, from the current 1000 pounds to 1500 pounds. New York State’s definition for all-terrain vehicles has become obsolete.  Advances in technology and designContinue reading “ATV Max Weight”

ATV in State Forest

MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION Prohibiting the operation of all-terrain vehicles in the state forest preserve, Long Island central pine barrens area and Albany pine bush preserve. The NYSCC opposes this prohibition.  While the stated purpose of the proposed legislation is to protect sensitive state forest preserve lands from damage from illegal ATV operation, this is aContinue reading “ATV in State Forest”

Animal Cruelty

MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION  Amending the agriculture and markets law by expanding the scope of the aggravated cruelty to animals prohibition to include wildlife.   The New York State Conservation Council is opposed to making this change.  It would extend coverage of the animal cruelty law to cover wildlife – an area that is was neverContinue reading “Animal Cruelty”

Age for Universal Hunting Licenses

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT Amend the environmental conservation law to lower the age for universal hunting licenses from fourteen years old to twelve years old.  This change would allow junior hunters to take big game with firearms at age twelve under the supervision of an experienced hunter.  Currently, juniors can hunt small game with a firearmContinue reading “Age for Universal Hunting Licenses”