New York is hoping that allowing an earlier jump start on the bear season will keep the bruins out of residential areas such as; Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. The gun season opens on Saturday, and hunters with permits are encouraged to shoot deer and bears, bears ranging from 50-300 pounds.
This is the first season where the DEC is encouraging hunters to shoot bears at the beginning of gun season. Previously there was a week delay before bears were allowed to be harvested as well. From WIVB4.com .