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#1 cprstn54

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Posted April 13 2017 - 03:50 PM

I see that folks expect the DEC rules on bowhunting distances apply to archery practice on private land.

 

Is practice on public lands limited to hunting season and permitees?

 

Or can I set up  bag target against the bluff at Caumsett and fire away? If not, why not?

 

Similarly, I can practice at the Cedar Creek County Park range all year but can I also practice in the  nearby wetlands? If not, why not?

 

I guess I am asking, Where are the rules governing archery on public lands?

 

Ken C

 



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Posted April 13 2017 - 07:51 PM

I see that folks expect the DEC rules on bowhunting distances apply to archery practice on private land.
 
Is practice on public lands limited to hunting season and permitees?
 
Or can I set up  bag target against the bluff at Caumsett and fire away? If not, why not?
 
Similarly, I can practice at the Cedar Creek County Park range all year but can I also practice in the  nearby wetlands? If not, why not?
 
I guess I am asking, Where are the rules governing archery on public lands?
 
Ken C

Cedar Creek Park has a designated area for archery. Most towns and villages have no discharge laws. Best to use an archery range for practice. I don't know of any other public lands that allow you to practice archery.

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Posted April 14 2017 - 07:27 AM

I looked it up for Huntington and that appears correct.

 

Huntington prohibits using a "firearm" anywhere in the Town, with listed exceptions.

 

However, the good burghers - always short on expertise - define "firearm" as follows: "Includes a weapon which acts by the force of gunpowder or from which a shot is discharged by the force of an explosion, as well as an air rifle, an air gun and a longbow."

 

That would exclude compound bows, recurve bows and crossbows.

 

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Posted April 15 2017 - 06:52 AM

Also, the ordinance (Chapter 109) does *not* have an exception for "backyard archery" no matter how big your property is -- except during a short deer season and for permittees.

 

Lastly, there does not appear to be an exception for shotgun and waterfowl, which is odd.

 

Seems to me Huntington, which has no public ranges and few (if any) private ones, makes it very inconvenient to hone your 2d Amendment skills. Maybe infringes on your Constitutional rights. If only we had some sportsmen judges in the Eastern District . . .

 

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