2017-12-05 / Outdoor Life

Increased Fines for Illegally Taking Game in Effect

By Rosie Cunningham

NEW YORK - Even higher risks are at stake every time a hunter thinks about taking a deer and other game illegally.

On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to increase the fines for killing deer, bear, moose or elk out of season to a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $3,000 according to New York State Public Relations Officer Rick Georgeson.

Those penalties, which go into effect next year, apply for “deer jacking” — the practice of shining a spotlight on a deer at night to cause the animal to freeze, making it easier to shoot — as well.

Violations of the law already include up to a year of possible imprisonment.

There will be increased fines per deer killed as well, to not less than $500 and not more than $1,000 for each deer.

In-season illegal killing of deer will come with a potential penalty of up to a year in jail or a fine of not less than $250 and not more than $2,000. Fines for each deer killed will be $500 apiece.

The law also includes provisions to increase penalties for repeat offenders. Any person found guilty of illegal hunting in the prior five years would be subject to fines of not less than $750 and not more than $2,000 for the first deer and fines of the same value for each deer after that.

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