Senate Approves Bill to Allow Moose Hunting in New York

Patrick M. Gallivan

June 13, 2016

Legislation Would Include Moose as Part of Big Game

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announces the Senate has passed a bill (S-93A) that would allow the hunting of moose in New York State.  The legislation would amend current environmental conservation law to regulate the taking of moose in the same manner as deer hunting. 

“This legislation will allow the state to better manage the moose population and provide new opportunities for hunters in New York and neighboring states,” Gallivan said.  “It will be up to the Department of Environmental Conservation to establish rules and regulations for the taking of moose.”  

The legislation authorizes the DEC to establish a licensing process and determine an appropriate hunting season.  The department would also set limits and licensing fees.

DEC biologists have estimated New York’s moose population to be about 800, with most of them found in the Adirondack region. 

The Senate passed the bill last year, but it was not voted on in the Assembly.  The legislation will be sent to the Assembly again for consideration.