ORIGINAL: CB on the run
....I believe New York should look at opening additional areas to rifle hunting.
I'm not certain of this, but I think one difficulty they have in New York is the fact that each county or jurisdiction makes the call. That's why it's designated on a county-by-county basis. For example, in fairly flat Chautauqua County, rifles are prohibited, and in fairly mountainous Cattaraugus County right next door, rifles are permitted. However, the area of Chautauqua that borders Cattaraugus is mountainous and sparsely populated, but rifles are not permitted.
Exceptions exist. In mountainous Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County, rifles are prohibited. Why, if they're permitted in the rest of Catt County? Because Catt County officials let State Park officials make the call. So, it becomes a patchwork of regulations that is subject more to political jurisdiction than to state decision making.
So, I think it's up to county officials, but it seems to me that it would be better and easier to regulate it by WMUs.
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