New York Proposes More Bear Hunting Areas

New York DEC, Bear Hunting Magazine

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced proposed changes that would open new areas east of the Hudson River to black bear hunting and establish uniform bear hunting season dates across the southern zone beginning with this years hunting season.

The specific changes proposed for the southern bear range would:

Open Wildlife Management Units (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 seven day lag that has previously existed between the start of the regular deer season and the regular bear season in this portion of the state. The New York DEC stated that this will provide a uniform bear hunting season framework for all bear hunting in the southern zone.

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