Home » Blog » 2014 » 11 List of Recent Hunting Rule Changes from the DEC by Jacquie on Nov122014 Recent Hunting Rules Changes from the DEC. Another very helpful link for charts of NY hunting and dates see:http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/huntingseasons14.pdf This is a summary of recent significant changes. Check the annual Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide for other changes such as season dates. 2014-2015 New License Structure Effective February 1, 2014, changes were made to the types of licenses available and the fees associated with those licenses. These changes include reduced fees, reduced number of license types, changes to valid license dates and more. If you previously purchased combination licenses, such as Super Sportsman, you will now have to purchase each privilege separately. License Year Adjusted Starting with the 2014-15 season, the license year will run from September 1 to August 31. Previously the license year was from October 1 to September 30. For this year only, when hunting species with open seasons in September, you may use either last year's license or this year's license for a successful harvest. Crossbows Allowed Again New legislation now allows use of crossbow for hunting big and small game under certain circumstances. See Crossbow Hunting for details about license and training requirements, general rules, and specific hunting season opportunities. Setback Distances Reduced Setback distances have been changed from 500 feet to 150 feet for vertical bows and 250 feet for crossbows. New Bear Hunting Opportunities DEC has expanded bear hunting areas throughout all of upstate New York (north of New York City), created an early firearms season for bears in the Catskills and Western Hudson Valley, and established a uniform start date for bowhunting and early bear seasons in the Northern Zone. See Bear Hunting Seasons for details. Hunting with Rifles Allowed in Albany and Livingston Counties Legislation was passed that makes rifles legal hunting implements for big game in Albany and Livingston counties. About Jacquie "Live in the Sunshine. Swim the Sea. Drink the Wild Air." - Emerson Filed in Winter Archery Hunting Hunting rules Login or register to post comments Email this page Travel Guide It's a full 56-page comprehensive guide, highlighting the activities and attractions in our County and it's FREE!! View the visitor's guide online or request that the Enchanted Mountains guide be snail mailed to you for FREE! Related Events 2018 Sportsman's Show at Seneca Allegany Events Center Olean Theatre Workshop presents "Blithe Spirit" Southern Tier Symphony's 15th Season Session 2 Friends of Good Music presents Buffalo Chamber Players Friends of Good Music presents "Lilia"!