The deer hunting season is underway here in New York State and there sure are a great deal of interesting laws pertaining to hunting deer in this state. One of them involves water! As a matter of fact, it is one of the first regulations that you will find when you visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's website.

According to the laws in New York, it is unlawful to take big game while the deer or bear is in water.
Opening day was just a few days ago and from what I noticed in person and from what I have heard, it was not as great as other years. I only heard a few shots around our woods and hardly saw any deer. The deer are around, but I think the full moon and the east wind may have played a bit of a factor in how the deer were moving.

3 Important Reminders For Deer Hunters

This week is Thanksgiving week and it will be another good opportunity for those of us who love to hunt to get back to the woods. But when it comes to hunting near buildings, exactly how far from a building do you need to be? According to the NYS DEC:

It is illegal to discharge a firearm, bow or crossbow:

  • So that the load or arrow passes over any part of a public highway,
  • Within 500 feet (for a firearm), 250 feet (for a crossbow) or 150 feet (for a bow) of any school, playground, or an occupied factory or church,
  • Within 500 feet (for a firearm), 250 feet (for a crossbow) or 150 feet (for a bow) of a dwelling, farm building or structure in occupation or use unless you own it, lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee, or have the owner's consent.
  • You may hunt waterfowl with a firearm or bow, over water, within 500 feet of a dwelling or public structure as long as neither are within 500 feet (for a firearm) or 150 feet (for a bow) in the direction you are shooting.
  • You may not hunt waterfowl with a crossbow.


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