Bills in New York and Massachusetts would arbitrarily decrease land open for hunting.
New York Assembly Bill 7878, introduced by Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor), would double the state’s no hunting zones near houses and other buildings.
Current New York law prohibits hunting with a firearm or bow within 500 feet of a dwelling, including a home, school building, school playground, or occupied farm building, factory, or church. Hunting within this zone near a dwelling, even if the dwelling is on an adjacent property, is only allowed with permission from the dwelling’s owner. Assembly Bill 7878 would unnecessarily expand the no hunting zone to 1,000 feet.
Massachusetts House Bill 657, introduced by Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D- Suffolk), would also increase Massachusetts’ no hunting zones near occupied dwellings from 500 to 1,000 feet.
State law in Massachusetts already prohibits possessing a loaded firearm or hunting on someone else’s land within 500 feet of an occupied dwelling without the dwelling owner’s permission. This bill would arbitrarily double that distance to 1,000 feet.
“If either bill is passed, sportsmen will be forced to ask permission from a neighboring landowner to hunt on lands they have safely hunted on for years,” said Jeremy Rine, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance associate director of state services. “If that landowner is an anti-hunter, sportsmen will be effectively banned from hunting on these areas.”
Take Action! Sportsmen need to reach out to their legislators today and let them know that these bills unfairly limit hunting land access and will infringe on private property rights.
New York sportsmen should contact their state assembly person and ask them to oppose Assembly Bill 7878.
Massachusetts sportsmen should contact their state representative and ask them to oppose House Bill 657.