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Governor signs Gunther’s Archery Bill


May 24, 2011

Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 19 signed her bill to reduce the required minimum age for obtaining a junior archery license into law . The new law will take effect in 90 days.

The law reduces the required age minimum age for obtaining a junior archery license for big game from 14 years old to 12 years old. Current law allows for 12 year olds to bowhunt only small game.

“Archers and sportsmen have been advocating for this change in the law for over 10 years,” said Gunther. “I am pleased Governor Cuomo has signed the bill. I know that the sportsmen’s community is thankful to finally see this change in the law for New York’s junior hunters.”

“The law includes provisions which increase supervision of these junior archers,” said Gunther. “The intent is to allow these junior hunters to participate in the big game sport but still remain safe and supervised while hunting.”

The law requires that a parent, legal guardian or other person designated in writing of at least 21 years of age supervise the youth. This person should also have at least 3 year’s experience hunting by longbow, hold a big game license and maintain physical control of the youth archer. If a junior archer is found to have violated any of these stipulations, the NY Department of Environmental Conservation may revoke the license for up to a maximum of 6 years.