ALBANY -Sportsmen in New York State support an expansion of crossbow hunting, and a law that would require the DEC to offer gift cards that could be used to pay sportsmens fees and oppose lowering the junior hunting age, according to Senator Ritchies 2012 Sportsmens Survey. Nearly 1,300 sportsmen shared their opinions and ideas on hunting and fishing in New York State in her 2012 Sportsmens Survey.
Hunting and fishing are two favorite pastimes of many New Yorkers, said Senator Ritchie. Not only are they great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, hunting and fishing are also major industries in New York Stateresponsible for generating $1.5 billion every year.
This survey allowed sportsmen to voice their opinionstheir likes and their dislikes when it comes to hunting and fishing in our state. The results of this survey will help to make the hunting and fishing experience better for people in New York, while at the same time help the industry to expand and provide a bigger boost to the economy.
Senator Ritchies survey indicated that 81% of sportsmen use a rifle or shotgun when hunting, and an overwhelming portion of participants84 % stated that they typically hunt deer.
Some of the key findings in Senator Ritchies survey results included:
■80% of participants expressing support for a law sponsored by Senator Ritchie that would require the DEC to offer gift cards that could be used to pay sportsmens fees
■61% of sportsmen supporting the use of crossbows during the regular archery season
72% of people expressing opposition for lowering the junior hunting age below the current 12 year-old minimum
■66% in support of the DECs adjustment of this years hunting calendar in the Northern Zone; to avoid dates late in December
■58% of sportsmen expressing support for granting sportsmen permission to allow motorized access to state land in the Adirondacks
■64% of participants in support of the DEC relaxing its rules on bait fish, such as minnows, to allow people to catch their own bait
Senator Ritchie also invited sportsmen to share their suggestions on how to make the hunting experience more enjoyable as well as their opinions on nuisance permits and doe permits, topics which many were divided on.
To read comments shared by sportsmen, visit the following links:
Nuisance permits: http://www.scribd.com/doc/104184991
Doe Permits: http://www.scribd.com/doc/104187621
Other ideas: http://www.scribd.com/doc/104187576
Full results of the survey are attached and can also be found at http://www.scribd.com/doc/104420777.