The New York Senate has passed bill co-sponsored by Senator Pam Helming that lowers the age for hunting licenses from 14 to 12 years old.
If enacted, the law would take effect immediately. Under the existing law, youth hunters are allowed to hunt big game with a bow and small game with a firearm at age 12 but cannot hunt big game with a firearm until age 14. This legislation would allow youth hunters between the ages of 12 and 15 to participate in all hunting activities under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who has a hunting license and at least three years of experience.
With nearly 2 million sportsmen and women hunting and fishing across New York State, the state ranks third in the nation behind only Texas and Florida. However, New York’s current hunting age is one of the highest in the United States.