Orange County Legislature to take up youth hunting

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GOSHEN – When the Orange County Legislature meets at its May session, it will consider a measure to include the county as an eligible area under the state’s new hunting law for youths.

The law would allow 12- and 13-year-old youths to hunt deer with a firearm or crossbow under the direct supervision of an experienced adult hunter.

The legislature’s Rules Committee approved the proposal last week.

“Since I was a kid growing up in Orange County, I have enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending as much time as I can in the great outdoors,” said County Executive Steven Neuhaus. “Hunting is a wonderful activity and often shared and passed down for generations in families throughout the county. This local law will help ensure that future generations enjoy and preserve the outdoors.”

Neuhaus and county legislators Tom Faggione and Paul Ruszkiewicz generated interest and action in the local law.

“Teaching young people safe and responsible hunting practices is a rite of passage for many families in our communities,” said Faggione.