- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - There will be more opportunities for junior hunters to shoot bears under new regulations for deer and bear hunting announced by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The regulations announced Thursday include bears as well as deer in the youth firearms hunt over Columbus Day weekend.

Other changes rescind an antlerless-only rule from 2015 in portions of southeastern New York and the Lake Plains, and reduced antlerless harvests in two management units in the western Adirondacks.

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