Crossbow issue still swirling in New York

Albany – Whether or not a crossbow season is on the horizon in
New York state is a matter for the state Legislature. But the issue
is one that seems to continue to percolate among sportsmen and
women and even within the DEC.

The crossbow issue swirled once again earlier this summer when a
crossbow manufacturer was invited to give a presentation at the
annual planning conference of the DEC’s hunter education
division.

Regional hunter education coordinators from around the state and
state coordinator Jeff Liddle were on hand for the presentation
from Horton Crossbows, which included hands-on shooting.

The gathering again fueled speculation that crossbow use in New
York – currently prohibited – could be in the state’s hunting
future.

That’s not necessarily the case, however. Legislation would need
to be passed by state lawmakers, and while it’s entirely possible a
bill will be proposed next year, similar efforts have failed in the
state Senate and Assembly.

Still, DEC_Assistant Director of Fish, Wildlife and Marine
Resources Doug Stang indicated the department doesn’t strongly
oppose the use of crossbows and, in some cases would like to see
them become part of New York’s hunting weaponry.

“I don’t know of anyone in the department who is adamantly

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