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Tompkins legislators to consider allowing bear and deer hunting with rifles

Tompkins County legislators will debate a resolution Tuesday that, if passed, will allow people to hunt bear and deer with rifles in Tompkins County.

Tompkins County is one of the few counties in Upstate New York that allows dear and bear hunting with bows, crossbows, shotguns, muzzleloaders and handguns but not rifles. People who favor the local resolution say rifles are more accurate than other weapons allowed and would help reduce the large local population of deer. On the other hand, some oppose any expansion of gun use in the county.

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