Rifle hunting is now legal in Ontario County. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the bill to attract more sportsmen and women to Ontario County by allowing them the ability to use rifles to hunt on local lands.
In a statement Kolb said, “This new law is welcome news for our sporting community. The use of rifles during big game season is becoming more popular among sportsmen and women. Allowing the use of rifles here will make Ontario County even more appealing to local hunters and to conservationists who visit our region to enjoy our unique natural resources.”
Kolb introduced the legislation earlier this year.
In a 2012 resolution, Ontario County formally requested to be added to the list of New York State counties that allow rifle hunting. With the new law, Ontario County becomes the 19th county to have this option in place. Leader Kolb’s bill passed the State Assembly on June 19th before moving to the Governor’s desk for signature.
Hunting season for deer and bear in the Southern Zone begins on November 16.