Rifle Hunting Allowed by New Law in Wyoming County
Rifle hunting has now become legal in Wyoming County. This is after the bill permitting the use of rifles when hunting in that place was signed into law. Traditionally, hunters in Wyoming County can only use shotguns, muzzleloaders, pistols and bows when they are hunting large game.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ended the process that lasted for almost two years by signing the legislation last Wednesday night, allowing the measure to clear its last legal hurdle. Although the big game season is not due until Nov. 19, the law becomes effective immediately.
In a news release, Assemblyman Daniel Burling, a Republican from Warsaw, said, “As an avid hunter myself, I am pleased that Wyoming County will join with many other counties across the state to provide more opportunities for sportsmen and women in Western New York.”
“This will encourage new economic growth and promote outdoor recreation in Wyoming County, beginning in the fall hunting season,” stated Burling.
The first proposal, which was submitted in 2009, was rejected by the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. It was then approved in 2010 before stalling at state level.
Although the measure was approved by the Assembly, it was never discussed in the State Senate. According to area lawmakers, bitter partisan politics was to blame at the time.
However, while it is now legal to use rifles when hunting, the law will only be on a trial basis. It will remain in effect until January 1, 2014 and will then expire after that date.