State has new minimum standards for concealed handgun training – The Daily Gazette


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A lot has been on the news about the regulations on handguns, so this is the press release sent by Zacks Sports to me.

New York State now mandates new statewide minimum standards for NYS concealed carry handgun training. This started Sept. 1.

The new 18-hour in-person course will be available soon. Please visit Zacks’ website at for additional information.

All semi-automatic rifle purchases will require the purchaser to be 21 or older and add a “semi-automatic rifle” amendment to their existing handgun license prior to their next semi-automatic rifle purchase. This started Sept. 4.

Complete your amendment form now, check “add” next semi-automatic rifle, complete the rest of the form on Zacks’ website, sign and date and submit along with the $3 to your sheriff’s office for processing.

New York State has also updated the application for new handgun licenses to include the new semi-automatic rifle requirement. The new application can be found on the website.  For further questions about the website, contact Zacks at 518-899-2799.


The Vermont archery deer season is approaching. The dates are Oct. 1-Nov. 13 and Nov. 30-Dec. 15.

A hunter may take up to four deer in Vermont’s two-part archery season if he does not shoot any deer in the other deer season. The purchase of an archery deer license and tag is required for each deer.  No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck if no buck is taken in the other deer seasons.  Antlerless deer hunting is allowed during archery season statewide this year.

Hunters must have a standard hunting license in order to purchase an add-on archery deer-hunting license, except that nonresidents may purchase an archery-only deer license for $75. Licenses may be quickly and easily purchased on F&W’s website.

Hunters planning a Vermont archery deer hunting trip will find it helpful to download a copy of the 2019 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report Form F&W’s website at It has the number of deer taken in each town in 2019 deer hunting seasons.

Non-resident archery hunters are cautioned that COVID-19 travel restrictions can change before and during the fall archery deer hunting season.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is holding its annual waterfowl information meeting, virtually via WebEx on Sept. 21 from 7-9 p.m.  Wildlife biologists will provide regional and statewide waterfowl news and updates. On such topics as:

Highlights of wetland management and research programs at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, the Tonawanda and Oak Orchard, Northern Montezuma and Braddock Bay area include Atlantic flyway waterfowl populations, upcoming duck and goose hunting seasons and expected impoundment fall water level status.

Participants can join the meeting via WebEx by going to or by calling 1-518-549-0500 and following the prompts: meeting number 1616171862, password: 1616171862. For general questions, contact DEC’s Iroquois Wildlife field office at 585-948-5182.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected]

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