I don't understand how a judges ruling in one county can supersede a statewide conservation law. I did some googling on this and it looks like Judge Frank LaBuda made this decision in 2012 and the decision had little to do with conservation law. His decision was that prohibiting the feeding of deer was a violation of the first amendment right to freedom of expression. Maybe someone can enlighten us what that has to do with deer biology but I don't think I am even going to try to figure that one out for myself! https://law.justia.com/cases/new-york/other-courts/2012/2012-ny-slip-op-22243.html
An additional interesting fact was that this judges wife Kathleen LaBuda http://www.scdemocratonline.com/archives/2003/news/10October/21/district2.html was in attendance at a banquet of the Sullivan County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs as early as 2007 http://sc-democrat.com/sports/10October/05/sports.htm Judge LaBuda himself has appeared at their banquets, too, be it that the appearances were after his 2012 court ruling from what I can find online(see below). You can make judgements for yourselves here, but to me this all looks a bit fishy. I also vividly recall that several so called "sportsman" clubs in the Catskill region had way too much influence in the decision to have the Catskill region go to antler restrictions, so it just makes me even more suspicious about these type of rulings in one specific part of the state.