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Hunting in New York: 4 Things to Know About Hunting on Private Lands

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:20 PM

When hunting in New York, there are plenty of places set up specifically for hunting, including state parks and other open land that has the best in deer, black bear and turkey hunting offerings. However, there are also a lot of opportunities to find game on private lands, but it is important to understand the laws and the ethics when it comes to moving onto someone else's land to hunt. Here are four things people should know about private lands when hunting in New York.

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1. What Constitutes Private Land?

Private land is obviously land that is owned by someone else, whether it is farmland, wooded land, or any other type of property. Most of the time, there are signs listed warning that it is private property. If there is a warning sign, and permission is not gained by the hunters, they can be prosecuted for trespassing. This could cost a person their hunting license. There is also a very important distinction to understand that even railroad tracks, power lines, and more rights of way are still part of the private property.

2. Ask Permission

The best way to go about hunting in New York on private property is to watch for the signs and follow the directions. Most of the signs explain that this is private property and either you need to ask for permission or that trespassing and hunting is strictly prohibited. If the sign says that hunting there is prohibited, move on to another person's land. If the landowner allows hunting, ask every time, even if you hunted there once before in the past. Also, don't show up the day you want to hunt and ask. It is always better to get permission ahead of time.

3. Liability

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It is against the law to cut down branches on trees or move and destroy anything, including bark, on private land. The hunter could be held liable for any damage caused to the property. It is also important to follow the landowner's instructions when hunting on their lands. Some don't allow shooting, so only bow hunting would be allowed on their property. This could be because guns could disturb farm animals or young children. Finally, when it comes to hunting in New York, the state sides with the landowners when it comes to any liability issues for injuries to hunters.

4. Gratitude

When someone allows a hunter to come on their property to find game, it is always common courtesy to show your appreciation. One way to do this is by sharing some of your game, but a simple thank you goes a long way to secure this land for future people hunting in New York who desire to hunt on private property.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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When hunting in New York, there are plenty of places set up specifically for hunting, including state parks and other open land that has the best in deer, black bear and turkey hunting offerings. However, there are also a lot of opportunities to find game on private lands.
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