Pilot Program-Adult Supervision:
Wyoming County approves deer hunting for 12 and 13-year-olds
using firearms or crossbow
WARSAW — A local law allowing 12 and 13-year-olds to hunt deer with adult supervision was approved Tuesday by the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. The law allows the youths to hunt with rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders or crossbows during the regular seasons. It’s part of a statewide pilot program and will be in effect through 2023.
Participating youths and adults alike will need hunting licenses. They will also need follow state regulations regarding fluorescent orange or pink hunting clothes. Supervising adults will need to be at least 21 years old with three years’ experience. Participating youths will remain under their physical control.
The 12 and 13-year-olds will hunt from the ground level only. They will not be allowed to hunt bears. Genesee, Orleans and Livingston counties have already passed similar local laws (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie, Monroe, and Niagara have not) according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
In other action:
■ Four area farms were authorized for participation in the “Purchase of Development Rights” program aimed at protecting Wyoming County’s farmland. The program allows a farmer to place a conservation easement on a farm in order to preserve farmland and prevent its loss to future non-agricultural developments. Authorized farms include Table Rock Farm, 849 acres in Castile; Sunny Knoll Farm, 863 acres in Covington, Perry and Warsaw; The Cedars, 63 acres in Castile; and Gardeau Crest Farm, 665 acres in Perry.
■ Contracts were approved for three roof repair projects within the county. Spring Sheet Metal and Roofing LLC of Mount Morris was awarded a contract for flat roof repairs to the county Government Center, rotunda and jail in Warsaw. Cost is not to exceed $77,800. Kircher Construction of Mount Morris was awarded a contract to replace the steel roof at the county’s Animal Shelter in Rock Glen, along with the asphalt roof at the Public Defender’s office in Warsaw. Cost is not to exceed $44,000 for the Animal Shelter and $33,000 for the Public Defender’s office. All three contracts are effective from June 1, 2021 through project completion.
■ Nicole Hastings of Eagle was appointed to fill an unexpired, three-year term on the Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors. Her term starts Monday and is effective through June 13, 2024.