Frequently Asked Questions
Is hunting allowed in my part of town?
Hunting is regulated by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (see http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/hunting.html.) Hunting is allowed in almost all areas of the state. Most of Delmar, Slingerlands, and parts of Glenmont fall into Wildlife Management Unit 4J. Archery hunting by licensed hunters is allowed in WMU 4J during the designated hunting season. The remaining parts of Bethlehem are in WMU 4B, where licensed hunters can use shotguns and rifles. See the DEC state map of Wildlife Management Units at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8302.html.
Hunting is prohibited in town parklands (see Town Code 79-3).
What are the regulations for hunting in my area?
Hunters must have a valid NYS hunting license which they obtain after taking the required hunter safety courses. Archery hunting requires the permission of any occupied dwelling, building, school or church within 150 feet. Longbows cannot be discharged so the arrow travels over a street or discharged from the street. Hunting can only take place during daylight hours and hunters cannot use lights or bait. See http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28182.html for more information.
How can I learn more about hunting?
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation regulates hunting and detailed information can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28182.html.
Are special permits needed for hunting in suburban areas?
No, licensed hunters can archery hunt on any property during hunting season, as long as they have the property owner’s permission and are 150 feet away from any occupied building, or closer with permission of the occupant.