New York might soon join the 21 other states that currently allow crossbow use during the entire archery season. 49 states currently allow some form of crossbow use. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16.
On Tuesday, April 16, SB 1699-A will be heard by the New York Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. The bill was introduced by Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, and is cosponsored by several members of the New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, including: Senators Andrew J. Lanza, George D. Maziarz, Thomas F. O’Mara, James L. Seward, and Senate Co-Chair of the Caucus, Senator David Valesky, among others.
SB 1699-A would allow the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to promulgate standards to allow for a legalized crossbow hunting season. In so doing, New York might soon join the 21 other states that currently allow crossbow use during the entire archery season. 49 states currently allow some form of crossbow use.
The incorporation of crossbows as a hunting implement in New York is likely to increase hunter recruitment and retention. Offering another facet of bow hunting may draw more people into the sport and may allow older hunters to remain outdoors for longer. Further, crossbows, like compound bows, are also recognized as a useful tool for the management of wildlife populations in suburban and urban areas.
A recently crossbow study by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources supported the claim that crossbows are a useful tool to recruit and retain archery hunters. The study found about 19% (18,731) of the Michigan hunters using a crossbow in 2011 had never hunted with anything other than a firearm prior to the expanded use of crossbows. Many said they would not hunt during the archery season if it were not for legal crossbow use.CrossbowExpert.com supports New York crossbow hunters in their efforts to legalize all archery equipment during archery hunting seasons.