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Hi Frank,


Thank you for your dedication to bowhunting and for sharing your request about crossbow hunting season.


Please be aware that the details of crossbow use (i.e., who, when, where, and what type of crossbow) for hunting in New York are determined by the NYS Legislature and Governor, not DEC. The legislature has set the parameters for what DEC can authorize, and we have authorized crossbow use to the maximum extent allowed under state law. As such, the crossbow season timing and length were set in law and will require legislation to modify.


However, DEC supports the use of crossbows during all seasons when other bows can be used and by all hunters who are eligible to hunt with a bow (see Appendix 5 of the NYS Deer Management Plan; www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7211.html).


You may wish to contact your elected representatives in the NYS Senate and Assembly to ask any additional questions and state your opinions about future crossbow use for big game hunting in New York.


A couple of bills were introduced earlier this year, A527 and S538 but last I checked they had not been voted on or passed yet. You can check on the details and status of those bills here;


https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/a527

https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S538


Please let me know if you have any further questions,


Alexandra Yattaw

Office Assistant, Hunter Education Program



New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
 

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Sounds like the door is very close to being WIDE OPEN! You guys need to be putting a bug in your Representatives ears every day now.;) It's what we did all over North Ga on the baiting bill and it passed unanamously.
 

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The issue in NY state is that the NY Bowhunters Inc (Association) as a lobbyist against the use of Crossbows in NY... That lobby clearly has the ear of state legislators and apposes the legitimacy of the use of crossbows throughout the entire NY archery seasons.

If you desire to understand which legislators are most influenced by NYBA or possibly on the NYBA payroll.... I would suggest starting your search with those legislators whom have apposed and voted against opening up the use of crossbows throughout "all" the NY archery seasons.

If interested in reading the NYBA slant on crossbows and thier "political" attempt to justify thier stance, pull up thier web site... Then listen to those legislators whom have apposed the open use of crossbows... Nearly word for word manuscripts.. Imagine that!
 

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If the NY Bowhunters Association does not like crossbows.. Then let them protest a push for a week long primitively muzzleloader hunt in early October.... Simular to the PA October season... I hear will be tabled for next year?
 

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Makes since, it is about the revenue.. More muzzleloader tags sold for resident and non-resident hunters... Thousands on thousands of $$$ in additional revenue just to hunt in more pleasant weather.... What a thought!!!
 

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They should make the archery season traditional bows only, A real bow, primitive,a compound is not primitive, they say a crossbow has advantages, look at what’s on a compound, they now have a sight with built in rangefinder, 80 % let off, Releases, I could put my bow away not shoot it for a year, take it out and first shot right in kill zone at 20 yards and they don’t like cross bows? I only have one shot, It’s ridiculous
 

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Hi Frank,


Thank you for your dedication to bowhunting and for sharing your request about crossbow hunting season.


Please be aware that the details of crossbow use (i.e., who, when, where, and what type of crossbow) for hunting in New York are determined by the NYS Legislature and Governor, not DEC. The legislature has set the parameters for what DEC can authorize, and we have authorized crossbow use to the maximum extent allowed under state law. As such, the crossbow season timing and length were set in law and will require legislation to modify.


However, DEC supports the use of crossbows during all seasons when other bows can be used and by all hunters who are eligible to hunt with a bow (see Appendix 5 of the NYS Deer Management Plan; www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7211.html).


You may wish to contact your elected representatives in the NYS Senate and Assembly to ask any additional questions and state your opinions about future crossbow use for big game hunting in New York.


A couple of bills were introduced earlier this year, A527 and S538 but last I checked they had not been voted on or passed yet. You can check on the details and status of those bills here;


NY State Assembly Bill A527

NY State Senate Bill S538


Please let me know if you have any further questions,


Alexandra Yattaw

Office Assistant, Hunter Education Program



New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Was not aware of 527 but was of 538 watching it for awhile both of them would affect me
 

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They should make the archery season traditional bows only, A real bow, primitive,a compound is not primitive, they say a crossbow has advantages, look at what’s on a compound, they now have a sight with built in rangefinder, 80 % let off, Releases, I could put my bow away not shoot it for a year, take it out and first shot right in kill zone at 20 yards and they don’t like cross bows? I only have one shot, It’s ridiculous
Spot on and well said.
 

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Good luck to all in New York. (y) Here in Wisconsin, we had the same scenario with the Wisconsin Bowhunters Assoc.. They fought vigorously against crossbows, and had a couple of legislatures on their side. However, there was ever increasing support for crossbow usage, with more pro crossbow folks contacting their legislatures. Over a couple of years of effort , the crossbow community won out, and In Dec. of 2013 a bill was signed by the governor to authorize crossbow usage. The Bowhunters Assoc. is still trying to alter the crossbow hunting season.

The following link is to a extensive study done by the Wisconsin DNR. It is quite lengthy but very thorough. It basically concludes that crossbows are not a negative factor to hunting. You may want to share it with your key people and legislatures.

 

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Good luck to all in New York. (y) Here in Wisconsin, we had the same scenario with the Wisconsin Bowhunters Assoc.. They fought vigorously against crossbows, and had a couple of legislatures on their side. However, there was ever increasing support for crossbow usage, with more pro crossbow folks contacting their legislatures. Over a couple of years of effort , the crossbow community won out, and In Dec. of 2013 a bill was signed by the governor to authorize crossbow usage. The Bowhunters Assoc. is still trying to alter the crossbow hunting season.

The following link is to a extensive study done by the Wisconsin DNR. It is quite lengthy but very thorough. It basically concludes that crossbows are not a negative factor to hunting. You may want to share it with your key people and legislatures.

I would love to see NY have the same fortitude that your state of Wisconsin had... well done for your hunters... hope to same the same in NY at some point
 

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Additionally.. crossbows allow younger hunters, aka kids, to ethically take deer and bear... NY state allow 12 year olds to bow hunt deer and bear with a vertical bow, yet not with a long gun or crossbow until 14 years old... Crazy what sense that makes...
 

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NYS released thier 10 yr plan for hunting 2021 thru 2030... looks like the NY DEC is entertaining the use of crossbows crossbows for the entire archery. Season starts 2021.. AS LONG as they get a consensus from the general public... insure to give your thoughts on the NY DEC we’d site
 
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