New York's DEC passed new legislation affecting the upcoming hunting season. Big game hunters will be able to use crossbows. Those hunting deer and bear can use the crossbows in the early bear season, regular firearm season, and all late muzzle-loading seasons.
Licenses go on sale today throughout the state. Some licenses will be good from October 1- Sept. 30, 2012. For deer management permits, also known as doe tags, applications will be taken starting today until October 1. There is a 10% increase in the deer management permits. They are given out at random selection. Youth hunters can now get a junior bow-hunting license at 12 instead of 14.
Those who purchase early might not be able to get a guidebook at the same time due to late publication, but can go back later and get one, or find all the regulations online at the DEC website . To get a license one must have proof of a hunter education certificate or a previous license. From Pressconnects.com .