State to increase penalties for hunting without a license
Aug 02, 2019 1:45 pm
David Lombardo is reporting for the Times Union New Yorkers who choose to hunt, trap and fish with a suspended sporting license could soon face tougher penalties. Legislation, making hunting, fishing or trapping without a license a misdemeanor offense, is awaiting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's signature. The offense would be punishable with 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Harold Barber, vice president of the PBA of NYS, which represents environmental conservation officers and forest rangers, said the existing punishments do not discourage people from operating with a suspended license. Licenses can be suspended or revoked for injuring or killing someone, endangering someone by negligently discharging a weapon, using artificial light to kill a deer or bear and illegally killing a deer, moose or bear. If signed into law, the penalties would take effect six months later. Read the full story in the Times Union.