Advocates make the case for rifles in Livingston County – Hunting incident investigator Michael L. Van Durme presented the case for allowing rifle hunting of bear and deer in Livingston County at a Monday evening meeting at Highway Department headquarters in Hampton Corners.  Van Durme and others made a scientific and statistical case that the local prohibition against centerfire rifle hunting of bear and deer should be loosened in the interest of safety. Calling upon incident reports and his personal experience, Van Durme argued that rifle hunting is probably safer than shotgun hunting.