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Unsatisfied with the Empire State’s current Southern Zone deer hunting seasons, New York Bowhunters Inc and the New York State Muzzleloaders Association has offered a proposal to revamp the regs in a way that would make both organizations happy.

But, from [the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin](http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20090930/SPORTS/909300363/1118/New+Octo/ ber+deer+hunting+regulations+proposed ):
How the rest of the hunting populace views it remains to be seen.

The proposal is for a 23-day regular firearms season that opens on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

The early archery season would open Thursday, Oct. 1, and end the Friday before the beginning of the regular firearms season.

The weekend before the firearms season would be for junior hunters (ages 14 and 15) only.

A five-day antlerless-only “primitive” muzzleloading season for all licensed hunters would open on the Monday before the beginning of the regular firearms season and end on the Friday before the beginning of the regular firearms season. The catch is that the only muzzleloaders allowed would be sidelocks (external hammers) loaded with patched round balls, using flintlock, rope or percussion cap for ignition. Open sights only; no optics.

What do you think of the proposed season structure and regs? Would you want them in your state?

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