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New York Outdoor News Letters to the Editor

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Treestand harness is just part of complete safety system

Looking at the Dec. 30 issue of NYODN, it feels like deja vu all over again.

The idea that a safety harness is actually a useful safety device has been drilled into our heads for so long that changing the dialogue is a constant battle. Even the DEC fails to refer to a hunter safety system as a safety requisite perpetuating the message that a “safety harness” is the essential component.

Read the 2021 incident report. They report the nuanced occurrences, wearing a harness, attached, not attached, etc. The ABC’s advise to B, wear a harness, as if that has value without C, attaching it to something.

The message we need to share – the one that saves lives – is that you must use a safety system, including a harness. You must be attached to the tree or stand or whatever you are climbing, always, from the first moment you leave the ground until you are safely back down.

We teach that the most dangerous time for elevated hunters is getting into and out of the stand. In my experience that is exactly true.

M.G. Cryr Adams Basin

Disabled X-bow permit should not be year-to-year application

I am 73 years old and have been hunting for almost 60 years in New York. I once was an avid bowhunter but due to age and shoulder injury I have not been able to draw my compound bow for a number of years. In fact I gave my bow to my granddaughter who is able to draw it.

This year, for the first time, I applied for a permit to use my crossbow during the entire archery season. While I was pleased to receive the approval of the permit I was disappointed to learn it must be renewed before each season. Not only is this an inconvenience, but it requires a visit to the doctor and a co-pay.

If you qualify for this permit due to age and injury I believe the permit should be good for life. I am certainly not getting any younger and the shoulder injury is permanent.

Jack Jordan Pine Hill

X-Bow not archery, but allow inclusion

How many years do we have to listen to this controversy over crossbows? While I don’t own one, I wish New York would just pass legislation and give full inclusion.

That being said, I’m 66 years old and have been hunting the archery season for 45 years. I can still handle my 60-pound compound and recurve bow. I shoot regularly in my basement, year-round. I have aches and pains in my hands, shoulders (especially left) are getting arthritic My workouts are focused on continuation of my bowhunting passion. Someday, if I can’t draw my bow, I’d consider a crossbow.

Now this might affect crossbow advocates, but to me, a crossbow isn’t archery. I’d venture to say that two thirds of crossbow hunters are not disabled and are under age 50. So, don’t try to tell me the storyline that most crossbow hunters are disabled and can’t draw a bow. I’m not a Facebook guy, but a friend shows me page after page of crossbow hunters with trophies taken during the two-week season.

So, what’s the problem?

I’m still a good shot, but can I out-shoot a crossbow? No way, that’s the point. Don’t try to sell me the issue of fairness, equality or helping the disabled. The regulation gives you two full weeks of infusing during the peak of the rut, have at it.

I’ve seen no impact on me, personally, where I hunt. I have no problem it. Just take clean, ethical shots within your kill range and we can all enjoy our passion.

Al Viterna Lake View

Response: hunters favor crossbows

In response to Andrew Cotraccia’s Dec. 16 letter to the editor about my Commentary in the Nov 18 issue of NYODN, I guess I was wrong in assuming that the New York Bowhunters was not opposed to the special youth hunt, although that’s not what I said. As we can see by your letter, the New York Bowhunters are only concerned with their idea of what the archery season should be. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised to see that you guys really don’t care about hunters with disabilities, youth hunters, senior citizens, or military veterans with disabilities who would all benefit from the passage of the full inclusion of the crossbow in the New York archery season, something you conveniently failed to address in your letter.

Your only concern is that you can maintain control of “your archery season,” and convince the legislators that the membership in the New York Bowhunters has greater clout than all of the other voters who are in favor of the crossbow legislation. That’s a fact that we can all grasp, Andrew.

I don’t fault NYB for working hard to have it their way, but I do fault the legislators for not being informed enough to see that you are not the largest number of voters affected by this legislation.

I am a Vietnam combat veteran and have been a bowhunter for 62 years, was a former member of NYB and a life-long friend and hunting companion of Doug Kerr, until his untimely death. I believe Doug was one of the original organizers of NYB. Doug was a true archery hunter, he made his own bows and arrows from lemonwood and cedar shafts and used flint arrow heads. He never could see why anyone would want to use a compound bow to hunt deer or any other game, but he never took the position that his way was the only way to hunt with a bow. I’m sure if Doug were alive today he wouldn’t approve of the crossbow any more than he did the compound bow, but he sure wouldn’t deny those who chose to hunt with those implements the right or the opportunity to do so.

You mentioned that 95% of your members are opposed to the full inclusion of the crossbow, what about the other 5%? What about the survey that DEC conducted that clearly showed that 65% or more of all hunters surveyed approved of the use of the crossbow, and the use of the crossbow during the entire archery season?

Oh and by the way Andrew, this isn’t just my opinion, unless you haven’t read all of the other letters to the editor in favor of the crossbow, it’s clear that it is the opinion of a majority of hunters across the board.

Stephen Monteleone Haines Falls

Hochul is the one who should be sued

After reading the article about the City Of Rochester filing a lawsuit against several gun manufacturers, makers, importers, and distributors of firearms (NYODN, Jan. 13), I have several questions that come to mind.

Perhaps the lawsuit should be filed against Gov. Hochul, and New York State, for their lax bail reform laws, and lack of mental health care. Where do we draw the line?

Are auto manufacturers being sued for motor vehicle deaths in the City of Rochester? Are alcohol importers and distributors being sold for DWI deaths in the City of Rochester? Are knife manufacturers and distributors being sued for stabbing deaths in Rochester? When will the liberal politicians understand that the guns are not the problem? The criminals are the problem!

There are no laws in effect that will prevent criminals from committing any crimes, with or without a firearm. The 2021 NYS law (A.6726B/S.7196) is just another example of politicians writing laws about something that they do not understand. Now, with Hochul’s recent legislation, further restrictions are placed upon law-abiding citizens, which further enables the criminals, and leaves the law-abiding citizens unable to protect themselves, and their loved ones.

It’s time to stop this nonsense, and repeal the bail reform, implement better mental health care, and stop the BS and unconstitutional gun legislation from continuing. It’s time to start putting the criminals behind bars, where they belong! Rochester, and every city in New York, will be a safer place to live when this happens!

Loren Westcott West Monroe,

Antler restrictions need time to work

In response to Neil Muccio’s letter about antler restrictions (NYODN, Dec. 30). It worked in a big way here, but it takes time. We started seeing 6- and 7-point bucks in small amounts, then they got bigger. Yes, there were a lot of spikes and 4-pointers, after a length of time, that this has been in effect. I hope it stays in effect.

This year we saw several very large 8-point bucks, several 10-pointers and one super 12-pointer. I have not seen deer this size in this area since the 1950s.

The one thing I wish they would do is get rid of the doe seasons for about three years and give those button bucks a chance. Of course, the coyotes are devastating and every one of them should be taken out whenever seen.

Give ARs a chance to work.

Paul Costello Hannacroix

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