Last week, I was excited about the Uxumarex Javelin CO2 air rifle that shoots arrows.
As a senior who can no longer draw and lock a bow/crossbow, I was thrilled about using this primarily for small game and turkeys. But before buying one, I wanted to see what the New York State DEC said. I emailed the DEC for information on hunting with this air gun in the state.
On the same day, I received a response from DEC Region 5 that said, “In accordance with the NYS Environmental Conservation, the law ECL 11-0901 (c) said: Air bows may be used to take skunk, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, fox, mink and muskrat only.”
I was hoping the small game, and especially turkey, would be legal in the state, but it is not. So I intend to buy the Uxumarex Bow Rifle to hunt some of these and definitely look in what states I will be able to use the Uxumarex.
DEC ECOS IN NEW JERSEY
Last month, ECO Casey Mangels assisted the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) with a case involving two illegally harvested deer taken from a closed management zone.
ECO Mangels interviewed the suspect and the suspect’s father, and obtained the location of the buck in a freezer in New Jersey. The ECO received conflicting stories about the whereabouts of the doe. In New Jersey, during the fall bow season, it is unlawful to take an antlered deer without first taking an antlerless deer.
The NJDEP charged the suspect with two counts of taking a deer during the closed season, interference with the duties of a conservation officer and possession of unlabeled deer parts.
REMEMBER HUNT SAFE/SMART
Here is a reminder from the DEC Hunter Education Course. Point your gun in a safe direction. Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Be sure of our target and beyond. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Also, all hunters should wear blaze orange or pink. When hunting in tree stands, use full-body harness and a lifeline. Most tree stand accidents occur when hunters are climbing in and out of the stand. Be sure to wear a harness and keep your lifeline connected from the time you leave the ground until you get back down.
The DEC is asking bowhunters to report deer that may have died from Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) this fall. This is a viral disease of whitetail deer that cannot be contracted by humans.
Reports from hunters help the DEC track the disease’s potential spread. Hunters who come across deer suspected of dying of EHD should report to the nearest DEC regional wildlife office. A directory is available on the DEC website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/about/558.html.