HuntSafeNY has been created to educate property owners and hunters, that recent changes in bowhunting setbacks in NY are safe and needed, in order to be effective in reducing population numbers in residential areas having conflicts with deer. New York drivers have more of a chance of being killed by a deer in a motor vehicle accident, than being killed by a hunter's arrow.
HuntSafeNY was inspired by the anti-hunting community's mailers, that depicted bowhunting as dangerous and reckless without proper documentation and facts. Right after changing the archery setback from 500' to 150', the NYS DEC put out a press release touting that the 2014-2015 hunting seasons was the second safest in decades......read more
Property owners concerned with the safety of their children and pets do not need to worry of a stray arrow killing their loved ones. Bowhunters must identify their target and aim at a specific area of the animal to be effective, they are not launching arrows hoping to hit their mark. If a hunter is elevated, it is more likely that an arrow will penetrate the deer and sticking into the ground, same goes if he misses. Bowhunters use tree stands so that they can get close to the deer as well as utilize the ground as a backstop, thus making elevated shots extremely safe in close proximity to a dwelling.
Ground blind hunting from the ground requires a dense backstop usually consisting of trees or another solid surface. Most residential areas provide a better opportunity for a tree stands than ground blinds. When applicable, ground blinds can put the hunter in an area that has no trees. Most ground blind setups face a solid background targeting the deer in a specific spot. If the ground provide elevation, the GB setup can provide enough angle to put the arrow into the ground. Never would a hunter put a deer between himself and dwelling.
Hunters For Deer is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit who has put together a training program for residential hunters called the Certified Bow Hunter Course. The program focuses on the complexities and importance of hunting in a residential setting within close proximity of homes. HFD ensures that it's CBH's are proficient with their equipment and recognize the importance of shot selection and working with the property owners and those that do not want hunting. In no circumstance will a CBH take it upon themselves to enter a property that they do not have written consent to be on. HFD has set the standard for close residential hunting and continues to help all hunters and property owners deal with the increase in deer densities in residential areas. Hunters and property owners have worked successfully to provide relief from nuisance deer through the HFD "Need-A-hunter" program. To find out more go to www.huntersfordeer.org.