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Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I,Ref-Canandaigua) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) are pleased to announce that legislation to legalize rifle hunting permanently in Seneca County was signed into law by the governor earlier this week. The bill (A.7766, sponsored jointly by Leader Kolb and Assemblyman Palmesano, will attract more sportsmen and women to Seneca County by allowing them to use rifles during big-game season while hunting on local lands.
"Hunting is among the most popular forms of outdoor recreation in New York State, and Seneca County is no exception. Over the last few years, we have witnessed a surge in popularity and success in rifle hunting with outdoor enthusiasts in the area," Leader Kolb said. "With this new law in place, there are so many more reasons for hunters to make Seneca County their premier destination for hunting during big-game season this fall."
"Rifles have been successfully used for the past two big-game hunting seasons in Seneca County," Assemblyman Palmesano said. "I am hopeful that permanently permitting the use of rifles for big-game hunting will attract even more enthusiasts to the area, providing sportsmen and women in Seneca County with the kind of hunting opportunities that used to be accessible only in other regions in the state."
Earlier this year, the Seneca County Board of Supervisors passed a Resolution formally requesting the New York State Legislature to enact legislation that would allow the permanent use of rifles for big-game hunting in all of Seneca County. Having passed the Assembly on June 7 and the Senate on June 19, the bill was sent to the governor's desk for his signature. The bill was signed into law on August 21.