New York is last in recruiting youth hunters


New York Governor Spitzer (who announced his resignation Wednesday) and DEC commissioner Grannis want to reverse the decline of hunting and fishing license sales in the state, or so theyíve said. Considering current regulations, especially those affecting hunting, that could be a tall order. Why? New York is the only state left in the nation that mandates a minimum age of 16 to hunt big game with a firearm, and even youths who may initially be interested in hunting are apt to find other interests by that age.

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