BREAKING NEWS: Crossbows coming to New York
Albany – An agreement within the New York state budget will allow crossbow use for all hunters in portions of the Northern and Southern zone big game seasons this fall.
Language within the state budget, which was to be formally approved by lawmakers on Monday, will allow crossbow use for all small game, including turkeys, and any big game season in which firearms are allowed.
But the biggest victory for crossbow advocates came with language within the budget that will allow crossbow use in the last 14 days of the Southern Zone archery deer and bear season and the final 10 days of the Northern Zone archery deer and bear seasons.
Westchester and Suffolk counties will be excluded from crossbow use in the agreement, which was hammered out during a sometimes-heated, closed-door debate during the budget-making process.
In addition, the budget includes a provision that reduces the setback requirement for shooting a bow from the current 500 feet to 150 feet for archers, but 250 feet for those using crossbows. The move is seen as a huge victory for DEC officials in their efforts to manage deer populations in urban areas.
Check the April 18 edition of New York Outdoor News for more details.