It is hunting season, so here is some information on the do’s and don’ts.
It is illegal to discharge a firearm so that the load passes over any part of a public highway; is within 500 feet of any school, playground or an occupied factory or church; or is within 500 feet of a dwelling, farm building or structure in occupation or use unless you own it, lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee or have the owner’s consent. You may hunt waterfowl over water within 500 feet of a dwelling or public structures as long as neither is within 500 feet in the direction you are shooting.
It is illegal to take or hunt wildlife while in or on a motor vehicle, except by the holder of a Nonambulatory Hunter Permit; with the aid of a vehicle’s lights; on or from any public road; with any firearm equipped with a silencer; with any firearm which continues to fire as long as the trigger is held back, an automatic firearm; or with any semi-automatic firearm with a capacity to hold more than six rounds, with some exceptions.
A person may not transport or possess a shotgun or rifle in or on a motor vehicle unless the firearm is unloaded in both chamber and magazine. A loaded firearm may be carried or possessed in a motorboat while legally hunting migratory game birds.
It is best to have written permission if you are hunting on another person’s property. You can get a Landowner Permission Record card by visiting the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website at or from a DEC officer.
Know your target and the background you are shooting into and toward. Safety first!
This question comes up from time to time, can all-terrain vehicles legally use the designated snowmobile trails on state Route 104? The answer — no, you cannot legally operate ATVs on the state Route 104 trails. So where can ATVs operate? On private land owned by the ATV operator, lands where written permission is obtained by the ATV operator from the landowner or public lands designated and signage posted for ATV use.
If you do not have written permission or posted signage authorizing your privilege to operate an ATV on lands, you do not have permission to operate. Do not assume you have a right to operate on lands you do not own. Please respect lands of others, and enjoy your sport with safe operation and authorized permission where you operate your ATV.
In September 2017, 72 males and eight females — 80 total — were committed to the jail facility. There were 96 transports, 8,721 inmate meals served and $20,400 collected from 38 inmates released on bail and fines. Inmates worked a total of 1,562 hours of labor in laundry, facility cleaning and food service. The jail facility boarded 27 inmates from Genesee, Ontario, Oswego and Seneca county sheriff’s offices, and secured 21 parole violators and 11 inmates that were ready for transfer to state prison.
Court security officers cleared 3,268 people entering the Hall of Justice through the magnetometer, securing 59 weapons and 779 other contraband items similar to Transportation Security Administration airport security — firearms, ammunition, knives, scissors, cell phones, glass bottles, umbrellas, helmets, hand tools, etc. Deputies traveled 113,862 miles on patrol, investigating 79 motor vehicle accidents in which 22 people were injured; 21 animal complaints; 376 minor crimes; nine major crimes; six fire investigations; and 1,440 miscellaneous complaints, totaling 3,037 for the month. Deputies issued 424 traffic tickets, 14 DWIs and made 159 violation, misdemeanor and felony arrests and 23 mental health arrests.
The Pistol Permit Unit processed 31 pistol permit applications and 64 pistol permit amendments requiring a Brady Check. The Civil Office served 91 legal papers and 77 Family Court orders, handled 12 evictions, received $144,127.65 and paid out $142,068.67 to creditors. County Treasurer Thomas Warnick received $13,897.43 for the county’s general fund.
Wayne County Law Enforcement charged 21 people with DWI in September 2017: Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, 14, and New York State Police, seven. Please drink responsibly.
Deputy Andrew Hares attended Basic Crash Management in Onondaga County; Sgts. Roger LaClair and Joe Ayotte attended Clan Lab Recognition and Safety for First Responders at Niagara University; deputies Travis Dunn and Zackery Powell attended a mandatory, yearly drug recognition expert training in Genesee County; Sgt. James Miller attended a reality-based training at Yates County Sheriff’s Office; Lts. Matt Ryndock and Joe Croft, Sgt. Investigator Matt Hilkert, Sgts. George Lorenz, Gil Sterk and Larry Lindner and deputies Joe Roeland, Robert Mansell, Matt Carr, Zack Powell and Chris Verstraete attended ERT training at the State Preparedness Center in Oriskany; Deputies Brian Pitt and William Benedict attended Act on Drugs training in Waterloo; Sgt. Roger LaClair attended the Basic Investigative Photography Course at Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy in Ontario County; Undersheriff Jeff Fosdick, Lt. David Ambeau and Correction Officer Don Dennie attended Black Creek SallyPortNY training in Alexandria Bay; Chief Deputy Stephen Sklenar, Lt. Matt Ryndock, Deputy Matt Carr and Senior Account Clerk Julianna Lake attended the Civil Refresher School in Canandaigua; deputies William Benedict, Brian Pitt and Justin Klinkman attended a Trauma Informed School Workshop in Newark; Sgt. Investigator Matt Hilkert attended a Taser CEW Instructor Recertification in Oswego; deputies Andrew Hares and Sam Ross attended Intermediate, Advanced and Technical Crash Management in Onondaga County; Sgt. Tom Virts and Deputy Robert Harkins attended Project Lifesaver Refresher Course in Oriskany; Deputy Terry Pickett and Correction Officer James Smith attended the Funeral Detail for Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner at the Key Bank Center in Buffalo; Chief Deputy Stephen Sklenar and Sgt. Gil Sterk attended PA State Police Reconstruction Seminar in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Sgts. Andrea Knapp, Larry Lindner and Craig Pagnotti attended the Police Supervision Course at Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy in Canandaigua; and I attended the Civil Refresher School in Albany, FLLEA executive development training in Varysburg and the NYS Highway Safety Symposium in Niagara Falls.
Corrections registered nurse Lisa Santell completed five years of service. I salute Lisa for her service.
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