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December 24, 2012

Cuomo vetos bill, keeps youth hunt open

Cuomo vetoes bill, keeps

youth hunt open

Hunting advocates are hailing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to veto a bill that would have canceled an opportunity for youths to hunt during Columbus Day Weekend. 

The bill, which also would have allowed crossbows during the regular deer and bear firearms season, would have ended the state’s annual Youth Firearms Deer Hunt. The three-day event, which was initiated in 2012, allows teens ages 14 and 15 without a big game license to to take one deer with a firearm or crossbow under the guidance of a mentor. 

Bill A10583/S7705A passed the House and Senate during the summer, according to a media release from the National Wild Turkey Federation. NWTF New York State Chapter president Bill Wilbur and NWTF wildlife biologist Doug Little urged Gov. Cuomo to veto the bill, which he did recently. 

In his veto, Cuomo objected to the inclusion of language doing away with the youth hunt attached to the end of a bill that renewed the use of crossbows during the regular deer/bear firearms season.

“Simple extender bills should not be used as a basis to impose unrelated restrictions,” Cuomo wrote to the Assembly.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation had called the 2012 youth hunt a success, reporting that more than 600 deer were taken by youth hunters over the three-day period, with no safety violations or injuries reported. 

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