At the end of July, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law allowing big game hunters to use rifles in Onondaga County. The change will take effect this coming hunting season. Use of rifles for big game hunting remains restricted in Erie, Niagara, Monroe, Dutchess, Putnam, and Rockland Counties. Suffolk, Westchester, and portions of Albany and Monroe Counties remain bow only.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s deer population objective for Wildlife Management Unit 7J (the unit that covers the southern portion of Onondaga County) is to decrease the deer population. Several communities in Onondaga County also have active deer management programs meant to reduce the number of deer impacts.