Undersheriff Spaulding Endorses Local Law for Youth Hunters
Breck is honored to be listed on the actual resolution to get this passed. Breck tries to take a youth hunter out every year to get them involved with hunting, as he always says "Start'em young!". Breck urges you to contact your District Legislator and let them know the support is there so they pass this the week of May 10th! Let your voice be heard!
Sheriff Yessman, Undersheriff Spaulding, County Clerk Theresa Philbin and County Attorney Steven Getman all endorse the below Local Law that approves a pilot program in Schuyler County allowing 12 and 13 year old youths to hunt deer through 2023.
The Resolution and Local Law are on the agenda for the Schuyler County Legislative Meeting at 6:30 pm on Monday May 10, 2021.
INTRODUCE LOCAL LAW A OF THE YEAR 2021 “A LOCAL LAW AUTHORIZING 12 AND 13-
YEAR-OLD LICENSED HUNTERS TO HUNT DEER WITH A FIREARM OR CROSSBOW DURING
HUNTING SEASON WITH THE SUPERVISION OF AN ADULT LICENSED” - COUNTY CLERK’S
WHEREAS, deer hunting is a valued tradition for many Schuyler County families, providing quality food
to county residents and reducing the negative impacts of overabundant deer populations on our agriculture,
forests, and communities, and
WHEREAS, pursuant to the recently enacted New York State Environmental Conservation Law Section
11- 0935, in upstate counties that choose to participate, youth hunters aged 12-13 will now be allowed to hunt
deer with a firearm or crossbow under the supervision of an experienced adult hunter; currently, young hunters
that are 12 or 13 years old can already hunt big game using archery equipment and can hunt small game with a
firearm; however, until now, New York had been the only state to not allow these young hunters to hunt big game
with a firearm, and
WHEREAS, the state legislation requires each County to "opt-in” and notify the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) of its adoption by September 1, 2021 in order for this
information to be posted for hunters on DEC's website leading into the 2021 big game seasons, and
WHEREAS, the Schuyler County Clerk, as local agent of the DEC for retail sales of hunting and fishing
licenses to the public, endorses this proposed local law, and
WHEREAS, the Schuyler County Sheriff and Undersheriff endorse this proposed local law, and
WHEREAS, the Schuyler County Attorney, as the prosecuting agency for juveniles accused of firearms
violations under the Family Court Act, endorses this proposed local law.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Local Law Intro. A of the year 2021 be, and hereby is,
introduced in the form hereto annexed pursuant to the Municipal Home Rule Law, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a public hearing shall be held upon said proposed Local Law on June
14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 120 at the Human Services Complex, 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls, NY.
LOCAL LAW INTRO. A OF THE YEAR 2021
A Local Law authorizing 12 and 13-year-old licensed hunters to hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow
during hunting season with the supervision of an adult licensed.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the County of Schuyler as follows:
Section 1. Legislative Intent
The intent of this Local Law is to authorize Schuyler County to permit 12 and 13-year-old individuals to
participate in the new and safe hunting opportunities in accordance with Environmental Conservation Law
§ 11-0935. The enacted 2021-2022 New York State Budget, include a pilot program, allowing the
opportunity for young hunters, ages 12 and 13, to hunt deer with firearms and crossbow through 2023 if
a county authorizes such action within their municipality. Schuyler County is passing this local law as
hunting is a valued tradition for many families, and this new opportunity allows experienced, adult hunters
to introduce the value of hunting to the next generation. Furthermore, teaching young people safe,
responsible, and ethical hunting practices will ensure a rewarding experience for the youth, while
providing quality food to families and contributing to important deer management population control
practices. This local law has been reviewed and endorsed by the Schuyler County Clerk, County Sheriff,
Undersheriff and County Attorney in their official capacities.
Section 2. Pilot Program Authorization
Pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law, ECL Sec. 11-0935, Schuyler County elects to participate
in the temporary program to allow for young hunters, ages twelve (12) and thirteen (13), to hunt deer with
a firearm, to include rifles, shotguns, and muzzle loaded firearms or crossbow through 2023.
Section 3. State Requirements to Adhere Once Authorized
Twelve (12) and thirteen (13) year old licensed hunters shall be allowed to hunt deer with the following
requirements to be followed:
• Twelve (12) and thirteen (13) year old licensed hunters shall be under the supervision of a licensed
adult hunter, age 21 years or older, with a rifle, shotgun, or muzzle loading firearm in areas where
and during the hunting season in which such firearms may be used, and
• Twelve (12) and thirteen (13) year old licensed hunters shall be allowed to hunt deer under the
supervision of a licensed adult hunter, age 21 years or older, with a crossbow during the times
when other hunters may use crossbows, and
• Supervision of a licensed adult hunter, age twenty-one (21) years or older, with at least three (3)
years of experience who exercises dominion and control over the youth hunter at all times is
• All licensed twelve (12) and thirteen (13) year old hunters as well as their adult supervisors shall
be required to wear fluorescent orange or pink clothing while engaged in hunting to an extent and
covering so designated pursuant to the law, rules, and regulations promulgated by the State of New
• All licensed twelve (12) and thirteen (13) year old hunters shall remain at ground level while
hunting deer with a crossbow, rifle, shotgun, or muzzleloader, and
• Notwithstanding any State or Federal Law to the contrary, this local law shall not authorize the
hunting of bear by twelve (12) and thirteen (13) year old with a firearm or crossbow.
Section 4. Local Law Filing Requirements
A copy of this local law shall be sent to the New York State Department of Conservation as well as the
New York State Department of State
Section 5. Severability
If any clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part of this law, or the application thereof to
any person, individual, corporation, firm, partnership, entity or circumstance shall be adjudged by any
court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unconstitutional, such order or judgment shall not affect,
impair, effect or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause,
sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part of this law or in its application to the person, individual,
corporation, firm, partnership, entity or circumstance directly involved in the controversy in which such
order or judgment shall be rendered.
Section 6. Effective Date
This local law shall take effect immediately upon filing and publication in accordance with Section 27 of the Municipal Home Rule.
National Correctional Officers Week 2021
The first full week in May is designated as National Correctional Officer and Employee Week. Breck and the entire committee would like to thank our Corrections Staff for keeping our community safe. These officers are truly the HEROES behind the walls.
Breck is committed to protecting the jobs of the Correctional Officers and maintaining a jail here in Schuyler County, which is accessible to inmate families.
National Public Safety
Telecommunicators Week April 2021
The 9-1-1 Dispatchers hard work & dedication often goes unnoticed. These fine men & women are responsible for being that voice on the other end, wether its for police, fire, or emergency medical assistance, they are always there, ready to respond and help.
They are a vital link, helping to save lives & property in the community. They are truly the unseen heros.
Our hats are off to you, not only this week but every single day! Thank you for what you do, all while asking for no praise, you just do it because you care!
Pictured below with Undersheriff Spaulding is Kirk Smith, Communications Supervisor for the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office. Kirk is one of our unseen heroes, thank you, and thank you to all of those in our Communications Division at the Sheriff's Office.
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