Tuesday, February 7th, 2023
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

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Crossbow bill passed, forwarded to governor

Albany — Crossbows may be coming to New York.

Legislation that would allow crossbows for big game hunting in
the state has been passed by both the Assembly and Senate, although
the Senate altered the original bill (A924) with several amendments
governing when the implements can be used.

The bill, at press time, was on Gov. David Paterson’s desk for
his consideration. If signed by the governor, it’s unclear as to
whether crossbows will be allowed for hunting this fall.

And while the original bill proposed that DEC decide when
crossbows would be allowed, the Senate amendments appear to limit
that somewhat.

The Assembly passed the bill by a 126-13 margin. No vote tally
was available from the Senate.

It was a surprising development that came swiftly in the Senate,
which had referred the legislation to its rules committee just a
day earlier.

The Senate’s version of the bill, S6793, was stalled in the
environmental conservation committee, which last month decided not
to send the bill to the floor for a vote.

New York Bowhunters, Inc., the statewide archery advocacy group
which numbers between 3,000-4,000 members, has long opposed the
introduction of crossbows within the regular archery season.

New York’s DEC, however, has taken a formal stance in favor of
allowing crossbows for at least hunters with physical disabilities
that prevent them from using regular archery equipment.

New York Outdoor News will continue to follow the crossbow
developments in upcoming issues this month.

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