From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Announces Early Bear Hunting Seasons to Begin

Black bear image from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation website

Bear Hunting Seasons Begin September 6 in Portions of Southeastern New York and September 13 in Northern New York

Albany, New York - Under Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced that the new 2014 early bear hunting seasons open at sunrise on Saturday, September 6, in portions of New York's southern zone and Saturday, September 13, in the northern zone.

"Early black bear hunting seasons are an important tool for managers to control bear populations, and beginning Saturday, hunters will have a new opportunity to pursue bears in portions of the Catskills and western Hudson Valley," said Commissioner Martens. "Opening these early seasons demonstrates Governor Cuomo's commitment to increasing hunting opportunities here in New York State for sportsmen and women."

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Finalizes Rule Changes to Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law

New Regulations Now in Effect for Fall 2014

American Hunter's Karen Mehall takes aim with a crossbow Albany, New York - The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted final regulation changes to ensure that the crossbow is a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons, Commission Joe Martens announced today. These regulations are adopted under new state law which authorizes DEC to allow big game (deer and bear) and small game hunting with a crossbow under certain conditions.

"The new law that authorizes the use of crossbows for hunting demonstrates Governor Cuomo's commitment to increasing hunting opportunities here in New York State," said Commissioner Martens. "Crossbow hunting is growing across the country and the new law expands the opportunities for hunters to use crossbows when hunting in New York."

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Form Crosman Corporation - Crosman Corporation To Host USA's Largest regular season field target event

Fred Eichler of Sportsman Channel’s “Predator Nation” to compete

Crosman Corporation To Host USA's LARGEST REGULAR SEASON FIELD TARGET EVENT

Bloomfield, New York - Five years after hosting its first field target competition, Crosman Corporation will welcome 100 competitors in six disciplines at the largest event of its kind in the United States. The Northeast Regional Field Target Championship hosted by Crosman will feature participants from fourteen states and Canada competing July 12 and 13 on the company’s Bloomfield, NY campus.

“What began as a helpful gesture to a shooting club when they were no longer able to host the event has turned into the top open competition in the country for field target,” said Mark DeBoard, Shooting Services Manager for Crosman. “Technically it’s a regional competition but we draw participants from across the U.S. and we have international competitors as well.. This year we have them coming from as far as California and Colorado,” added DeBoard. 

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From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Announces Proposed Rule Changes To Implement New Crossbow Hunting Law

Public Comments Accepted Through July 21

Crossbow brought by Smith Elite at the POMA Media Day in Columbia, South Carolina

Albany, New York - With new state legislation authorizing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to allow taking of big game (deer and bear) or small game by the use of a crossbow at certain times and places in New York, DEC is now accepting public comment on proposed regulation changes so crossbows may be a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons. DEC will accept written public comment on the proposed hunting rule changes through July 21, 2014.

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From Crosman Corporation - Crosman Corporation Announces Availability of Nitro Piston 2

Benjamin Trail Rifles with Nitro Piston 2 and Clean Break Trigger Bloomfield, New York - The standard for break barrel airgun performance changes today with the announcement from Crosman Corporation that new Benjamin Trail rifles featuring the groundbreaking Nitro Piston 2 powerplant and Clean Break Trigger (CBT™) technology are now shipping. First revealed at SHOT Show to wide acclaim, the highly anticipated new generation of airguns deliver more speed and more power with incredible accuracy, all while being up to ten pounds easier to cock.

“We can’t wait for shooters, hunters and airgun enthusiasts to get their hands on a Nitro Piston 2-powered Trail from Benjamin,” said Jennifer Lambert, Vice President of Marketing for Crosman. “The ease of use, power and accuracy will change everything you thought you knew about break barrel airguns.”

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Ruger SR 556 leaves New York for a new home at NRA headquarters in Virginia

Ruger SR 556 AR-15 rifle donated to the NRA by New York resident Fairfax, Virginia - New York's infamous "SAFE Act" (the Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) went into effect earlier this week. A largely cosmetic legislative offering, as are most gun control laws enacted over recent years, it instantly turned hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers into potential felons. Among other things, the act bans magazines holding more than 10 rounds, calls for the registration of so called "assault weapons", and outlaws commonplace features such as muzzle breaks and telescoping stocks.

The reaction by New York-based NRA members has been mixed. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, our official state affiliate, filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the SAFE Act on constitutional grounds. Some sold their guns to friends and family living out-of-state. And one, a Mr. Steven Albright, donated his rifle to the National Firearms Museum.

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From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation - DEC Announces 2013 Bear Harvest Results

Record Takes Again In the Southern Zone

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Nicholas Lonetto New York bear hunters took 1,358 black bears during the 2013 hunting seasons, making last year the second highest bear harvest on record in New York, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

"New York has excellent bear habitat and vast, accessible public lands that offer exciting opportunities for bear hunting," said Commissioner Martens. "With abundant natural foods this past year, bears were in great condition, and we heard of several hunters who took bears weighing more than 500 pounds dressed. Under New York's Open for Fishing and Hunting, our Fish and Wildlife Programs are being enhanced and our hunting and fishing licenses are streamlined to ensure increased opportunities for recreational in this state."

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From the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation - New York: Crossbow use approved for hunting

Crossbow hunting now allowed in New York Albany, New York - On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, the New York 2014-2015 approved budget – which the Assembly and Senate approved on March 31 – was signed into law. Included in the approved state budget are provisions which will allow crossbow use for all small game and any big game season that includes firearms. Additionally, crossbows will be allowed during the last 14 days of the Southern Zone and the last 10 days of the Northern Zone early archery seasons. Suffolk and Westchester counties are the only areas of the state where hunting is legal that will be excluded from these new crossbow allowances. Crossbows will now be turned over to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to draft regulations.

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From Crosman Corp. - Crosman Opens Registration for 2014 Field Target Championship

Northeast Regional Field Target Championship at CrosmanRochester, New York – Now in its fifth year, the Northeast Regional Field Target Championship (NRFTC) is the country’s largest regional championship with nearly 100 shooters participating in nine shooting disciplines. Open to professionals, amateurs and families, the NRFTC offers a challenging yet forgiving shooting course in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. The event will be held on the campus of Crosman Corporation in Bloomfield, New York from July 11-13 and is now open for registration.

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