St. Lawrence County legislator tables plan to call on DEC for muzzle loading season change
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 4:52 pm

CANTON -- St. Lawrence County legislators tabled a resolution that would have called on the Department of Environmental Conservation to modify doe hunting regulations in St. Lawrence County.

The resolution called on the DEC to change the do away with late muzzle loader hunter of female deer. And called on the DEC to allow either sex of deer to be taken in early muzzle loading season.

According to current regulations the muzzle loading deer season for WMU 6A is Oct. 15 through Oct. 21. During this early season antlered deer may be taken. A late muzzleloader season runs from Dec. 5 through Dec. 11. During this time deer of either sex may be taken.

“Many sportsman feel this philosophy to be counterproductive to increasing the deer herd for the reason that by the late season many adult does by this time have been bred, and harvesting one adult doe could potentially be killing two, three or possibly four deer,” the resolution says. “By changing the early muzzleloader season in unit 6A to a deer of either sex and the late season to buck only, many sportsman feel it would give them opportunity to harvest a doe, if they choose, and still have the potential to increase the deer herd by not harvesting bred doe.”

The resolution passed the finance committee but was tabled Tuesday by St. Lawrence County legislators.