Legislation 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.