Yates County could move forward with lowering crossbow, rifle hunting age to 12 this week

The Yates County Legislature is moving forward with its effort to lower the age for hunting deer with a firearm or crossbow.

During a special meeting last week, the Legislature set a May 10 public hearing for the topic, according to the Finger Lakes Times.

It will be held at 1 p.m., which is typical timing for that governing body to meet.

A local law could be adopted at that meeting. It spawns from a state Department of Environmental Conservation pilot program, allowing 12- and 13-year-olds hunting big game with a crossbow, rifle, shotgun, or muzzleloader.

The minimum age is 14 now.

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