[Adopted 5-17-1996 as Part of L.L. No. 8-1996]
Town parklands shall be deemed "private lands" pursuant to the provisions of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, Article 11, Title 7, and such lands shall not be open to the general public for purposes of hunting except as expressly authorized herein.
No person shall hunt small game upon any Town parklands upon which hunting may be permitted pursuant to this chapter unless such person holds a state license of the appropriate type.
No person shall hunt big game upon any Town parklands upon which hunting may be permitted pursuant to this chapter unless such person holds a valid state license of the appropriate type and a valid Town resident or guest license. Such license shall be issued by the Town Clerk upon presentment of a properly completed application form and upon a determination by the Town Clerk that the information set forth on such application is complete and truthful.
Licenses shall be valid only for use only during the period set forth on the permit.
The terms "town license," "guest license," "town hunting license" or "guest hunting license" as used in this chapter are access licenses only, and not "hunting licenses" under the New York State Environmental Conservation Law or other similar state statute. Such Town licenses are intended only to grant permission to those applying for and holding the same to access certain lands owned by the Town for purposes of hunting on such properties.
[Added 10-18-1996 by L.L. No. 18-1996]
[Amended 7-21-2016 by L.L. No. 29-2016]
Subject to the provisions hereof and such other and further restrictions as the Town Board may duly enact by resolution pursuant to the provisions of this chapter:
Every resident of the Town of East Hampton possessing a valid New York State hunting license shall be eligible for the issuance of a Town resident license.
Every resident of the Town of East Hampton possessing a valid New York State big game hunting license and a valid East Hampton Town hunting license shall be eligible for the issuance of a guest license permitting a nonresident holding all other necessary state licenses to hunt with the resident license holder for big game during any legal season set by New York State.
Application for a resident or guest license shall be made by the resident upon the form provided by the Town Clerk and shall require the following information:
The name and address of the applicant.
The applicant's current New York State hunting license number.
Information as to the conviction of applicant for any violation of any provision of this chapter of the Town Code or any violation of Article 11 of the Environmental Conservation Law of the State of New York.
Such other and further information as the Town Clerk may deem necessary and appropriate to verify eligibility for a license pursuant to this chapter.
All applications shall be signed by the resident or, in the case of a guest permit, by the resident and guest, and shall contain a statement that the information set forth on the application is truthful and subject to the penalties for perjury.
All licensees holding a valid guest license shall hunt only when accompanied by a duly licensed resident.
Subject to New York State and Suffolk County regulations, all Town-owned underwater lands may be hunted for waterfowl.
[Added 11-9-2004 by L.L. No. 31-2004]
Licenses shall be carried upon the person at all times and backtag shall be visibly worn when licensee is upon Town parklands and shall be produced upon request to the person(s) duly appointed by the Town Board to manage Town parklands and to any law enforcement officer of the Town or state.
In addition to any restriction on the issuance of licenses set forth herein, the Town Board may, from time to time by resolution, adoption of which shall be duly published in the official newspaper of the Town of East Hampton, further prohibit, restrict and/or limit hunting on any Town parklands set forth in Schedule I of this chapter. Notice of the adoption of such resolution shall be published in the official newspaper and posted on the official bulletin board and, in the instance where permits are limited in number, the notice shall set forth the number of permits available, the method of issuance and application procedure to be used to apply for such permits.
In order to assure residents an opportunity to obtain a license if desired, no application shall be accepted for the issuance of a guest license for bow hunting until the 11th day following the first day of acceptance of applications for the issuance of resident permits.
[Added 12-15-2006 by L.L. No. 34-2006]
It shall be unlawful for any person to set or use, or attempt to set or use, a body-gripping device of any kind designed or intended to take hold of, capture or kill any animal upon any Town of East Hampton owned lands.
The provisions of this section shall not prohibit federal, state, county, or municipal government employees or their duly authorized agents from using a Conibear trap in water, padded-jaw leghold trap, or non-strangling-type foot snare where use of such device is the only method available to protect human health and safety.
The provisions of this section shall not prohibit federal, state, county, or municipal government employees or their duly authorized agents from using a Conibear trap in water, padded-jaw leghold trap, or non-strangling-type foot snare where use of such device is the only means of protecting threatened and endangered species, as listed under the Federal and State Endangered Species Act.
Impounding of body-gripping devices. Whenever a body-gripping device is used contrary to the prohibitions outlined in this act within the confines of the Town, the same may be impounded by any duly authorized police officer or Ordinance Enforcement Officer until judicial action occurs.
[Amended 9-6-2012 by L.L. No. 13-2012]
[Added 12-18-2014 by L.L. No. 41-2014]
Bow hunting on Town parklands shall be prohibited on all Town parklands that permit big game hunting by shotgun during the big game shotgun season (January 1 through January 31). Nothing within this section shall prohibit bow hunting on private lands during shotgun season, provided such bow hunting is in compliance with all other laws, rules and regulations.
[Added 5-21-2015 by L.L. No. 16-2015]
Pursuant to New York State Environmental Conservation Law § 11-0903 and all regulations adopted by the DEC relating to such law, the Town of East Hampton waives the requirement for a hunter to obtain a DEC Town permit. Nothing herein shall waive any requirement for a hunter to obtain a Town-issued permit where one is required pursuant to the East Hampton Town Code.