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Should Onondaga County legalize rifles for deer hunting?
Currently, high powered center fire rifles are not legal for use in deer hunting in Onondaga County where, for the past 100 years, shotguns have been the legal firearm for deer hunters. The main reasons are safety and a better hunting experience.
Much of Onondaga County is very developed, suburban, and having topography that creates a large danger zone when a rifle is fired. Most rifle bullets can travel over one mile, whereas shotguns usually limit the hunter's shots to under 100 yards.
The danger zone for a 12 gauge shotgun is approximately 1,030 acres, compared to a danger zone for the 7mm Remington Magnum rifle of 28,274 acres (info provided by Mountain Top Technologies Inc). Quickly, one can summarize from this information that a rifle has a danger zone 28 times larger than a shotgun. Clearly, rifles have no place around the suburbs of Onondaga County.
Do local deer hunters support rifles for deer hunting in Onondaga County?
Currently no formal scientific studies or surveys have been conducted to prove there is significant hunter support for rifles.
Do non hunting residents of Onondaga County support legalizing high powered center fire rifles in their county? Again, no studies, public forums or outreach has been conducted to the general public. Hopefully, state legislators would not introduce a bill until they discovered all the facts from the residents of the County. Our group finds no support from the non hunting public, and rifle use is not necessary to control deer populations.
Who is pushing for rifle use in our county? A small group that represent mostly local shooting clubs, which generally attract fewer than 20 members to their meetings. It appears that their intent is to pressure legislators into passing this legislation quietly, as they fear the probability of strong opposition.
What do the deer hunters have to say? Following are comments from various deer hunters, interviewed about their opinion on introducing rifles to Onondaga County..
• Rifles are not necessary – we are not at war with the deer, we enjoy the pursuit.
• Some of the best deer hunting destination states are shotgun only, such as Illinois.
• I hunt a neighboring county that legalized rifles – the hunting was better before, rifles have ruined it for me.
• Last year our group decided not to deer hunt in NY any longer, as the county we hunted legalized rifles, which have severely reduced the quality of the deer herd. Our hunting in PA is better.
• When our county legalized rifles, poaching increased tenfold – now they shoot the deer from their trucks on posted lands out to 500 yards. Previously shotguns had limited this activity.
• We do not need rifles, I worry that one rifle accident could lead to no more hunting period.
• I like rifles, but I know the guys that hunt around my neighborhood and they have shot enough houses with shotguns – I wouldn’t think of letting them use rifles.
• Onondaga County might first consider being a bow hunting only county – I sure don't want rifles in my backyard.
• There are too many houses and too many hunters north of RT 80 in Onondaga County – rifles could be a recipe for disaster. .
Legislating high powered rifles for deer hunting in Onondaga County is a bad idea!.
Please contact your local state representatives today. There are no good reasons to support a rifle bill in Onondaga County. Passing legislation behind closed doors is not acceptable!.
Senator John DeFrancisco – Syracuse office 428-7632 or email email@example.com .
Senator David Valesky- Syracuse office 478-8745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Assemblyman William Magnarelli – Syracuse office 428-9651 or email email@example.com .
Assemblyman Samuel Roberts – Syracuse office 449-9536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Assemblyman Al Stirpe – Syracuse office 452-1115 or email email@example.com .
Onondaga County Sportsmen’s Coalition “OCSC” email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Legislating high powered rifles for deer hunting in Onondaga County is a bad idea!
Please contact your local state representatives today. There are no good reasons to support a rifle bill in Onondaga County. Passing legislation behind closed doors is not acceptable!
Senator John DeFrancisco – Syracuse office 428-7632 or email email@example.com
Senator David Valesky- Syracuse office 478-8745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Assemblyman William Magnarelli – Syracuse office 428-9651 or email email@example.com
Assemblyman Samuel Roberts – Syracuse office 449-9536 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Assemblyman Al Stirpe – Syracuse office 452-1115 or email email@example.com
Onondaga County Sportsmen’s Coalition “OCSC” email firstname.lastname@example.org
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