A proposal to allow bowhunting on county property by non-Suffolk residents was recently withdrawn. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)
A short-lived plan to allow Nassau County bowhunters onto Suffolk County lands was quickly shot down last week.
At Wednesday’s Suffolk County Parks & Recreation Committee, chairman Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) pulled a bill he had sponsored personally after it was clear to him that the proposal had nothing but opposition from area hunters — and little support from those who suggested it in the first place.
(Credit: Jim Colligan, file)
As the old saying goes: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
And so it went for opponents of a federal operation to cull deer across the East End — to a degree.
A state Supreme Court judge ruled yesterday that the Department of Environmental Conservation can no longer issue any deer damage permits in relation to the program, at least until March 28, limiting the number of deer that will be killed.
However, permits and deer tags that have been issued can be filled under the existing permits, the judge ruled.
NYS EXECUTIVE CHAMBER COURTESY PHOTO | Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany last year.
While local hunters have been calling for reduced hunting regulations during months of spirited debate over a planned deer cull expected to start early next month in Southold, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in the details of his executive budget last week that he favors reducing bowhunting setbacks throughout the state. (more…)