Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Legislation Pending To Eliminate Hunters’ Back Tags

New York State Hunting Back TagLegislation is pending to eliminate of the regulation that requires the display of back tags while hunting. According to a press release issued by the New York State Conservation Council, back tags are no longer required in any other state. Even in New York, back tags are not required to be worn while hunting in the Northern Zone and the Catskill Park, which comprise almost 50% of New York’s land area.

Both bow and gun hunters find back tags to be noisy when moving through the woods according to the Conservation Council.  They also require hunters to poke holes in expensive (and formerly waterproof) hunting clothes as the tag is moved from garment to garment as weather changes necessitate de-layering.

Senate bill S2923, sponsored by Senator Patrick Gallivan has passed the Senate.

Assembly companion bill A619 sponsored by Assemblywoman Gunther is currently in the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee.


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4 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    It’s funny when I saw this I realized that (having grown up in the Adirondacks) that have never worn a back tag when hunting in the southern zone. I have seen and spoken with DEC people when hunting nobody ever said anything? Probably time to get rid of this, what is the point?

  2. JohnL says:

    And voila, 3 years from now, it’ll pass (or not).

  3. Adk resident says:

    Creative math leads to “alternative facts.”
    Adk Park is 6,000,000 ac.
    Catskill Park is 700,000 ac.
    Total land in the parks woud be 6,700,000 ac

    NYS land area is 30,216,320 ac (47,213 square miles)

    So the two parks account for 22% of New York’s land area, a little less than half what the Adirondack Almanack’s “almost 50% of New York’s land area” assertion.

    • John Warren says:

      That alternative fact was taken from the New York State Conservation Council’s press release. Their assertion is that the Northern Zone and the Catskill Park, not the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, make up 50% of New York State.