In 2014, over 150 people were arrested or charged during New York’s hunting season.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation just released their report on the 2014 hunting season for Region 5. Region 5 is made up of the counties of Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, Fulton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington.
The report showed that 152 individuals were arrested and charged with a total of 270 hunting-related crimes. The breakdown of the 91 misdemeanors and 179 other violations are:
- 44 charges pertaining to the illegal taking of big game (m);
- 10 possession of firearm during bow or muzzleloader season (m);
- 8 discharges within 500 feet of a dwelling (m);
- 3 Criminal possession of a weapon 4th (m);
- 31 firearms related charges (loaded gun in a motor vehicle, shooting from roadway) (m and v);
- 81 tickets related to tagging, reporting and licensing (v);
- 39 charges for hunting with bait or placing salt (v);
- 30 trespass on posted property (v);
- 6 spotlighting (4 m, 2 v); and
- 4 loaded crossbows in a motor vehicle (v).
Environmental Conservation Police Captain for Region 5, Daniel Darrah, also said “DEC and the Environmental Conservation Police appreciate the thousands of hunters who consistently adhere to hunting regulations and guidelines, and who pass on the traditions of safety, responsibility and conservation to the next generation.”
The DEC also reported that of the 35 illegally taken deer from Region 5, the better part of the meat was donated to area food banks.