New York Bill Lowers the Age for Youth to Hunt Big Game

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Take Action Today! New York sportsmen should contact their state senator and ask them to vote YES on SB 2968. New York members can contact their state senator by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center.


New York Sen. Joseph A. Griffo (R-Rome) has introduced legislation, Senate Bill 2968, which would lower the age to 12 for a youth to hunt big game. SB 2968 is in the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee where it is awaiting a hearing. New York has the highest minimum age for hunting in the United States.

Big game hunting has become increasingly popular across the country. SB 2968 capitalizes on this trend by lowering the age, but still requires any youth aged 12 to 14 to hunt under the guidance of an experienced mentor to ensure the youth is hunting under safe conditions.

“Research has shown that people are far less likely to become a hunter if they are not introduced by at least age 12,” said Luke Houghton associate director of state services. “New York’s 14-year-old age minimum nearly guarantees that many kids will become committed to other extracurricular activities and ultimately never take up hunting when they’re finally able to hunt.”   

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