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Albany - Legislation that would lower the minimum age for archery hunting from 14 to 12 has passed the Senate and been forwarded to the Assembly.

The Senate passed S177A late last month, surprisingly early in the legislative session and less than two months after it was introduced by western New York Sen. George Maziarz.

Maziarz, R-Newfane, has long been a supporter of hunting, fishing and trapping, and has in the past pushed for loosened restrictions on youth hunting and crossbow use.

Currently, the junior archery license allows young hunters ages 14-16 to hunt deer and bear during archery season. The Maziarz proposal would lower that minimum age to 12.

It's a seemingly small step in loosening youth hunting regulations. But it New York, and facing the state Assembly, it may be a monumental task.

Just three years ago, state lawmakers approved a long-awaited youth hunting bill that lowered the minimum age for hunting big game with a firearm from 16 to 14.

Hailed as perhaps the biggest legislative victory for sportsmen in decades, the 14-year-old age minimum remains the most stringent in the U.S., since more than 40 states allow youths age 12 - and sometimes under 12 - to hunt big game with a firearm.

S177A would allow 12-year-olds to obtain a junior archery license, making it consistent with age requirements for a junior hunting license. Junior license holders would have to abide by several regulations, including being accompanied at all times by an experienced parent, guardian or adult.

"We've been pursuing a reduction in the junior bowhunting age requirements for almost 20 years now," New York Bowhunters President Gary Socola said. "We're excited about S177A finally passing through the Senate and on to the Assembly and would like to thank Sen. Maziarz for sitting down with NYB to craft this bill and for submitting it annually ever since. It's about time New York quit penalizing our youth by making them wait longer to bowhunt than any other state in the country."

The bill - an Assembly companion bill (A2021A) was sponsored by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, a Sullivan County Democrat - has been referred to the Assembly codes committee.

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