Thursday, June 9, 2011

New York DEC Considers Allowing Crossbow Hunting
Debating is a learning experience. I love to debate, where we can go back and forth, argue our points and learn from one another. Most bow hunters would consider a crossbow archery tackle, but do not want to share the woods during archery season. Why do you think that is? I have teetered on this subject throughout the years. In the past year I have weighed the facts and have changed my mind. I truly think that a crossbow IS archery tackle and should be allowed during archery season. Why do I think that way? Well, it still takes skill to prepare to hunt with a crossbow. You have to practice and know your gear. You still have to lug in a 12lb. weapon, load it, find your animal and make a quick, kill-shot. 

So what's the problem? Does it make you less of a hunter because you are using a crossbow? Hell no! It shows that you are versatile and can use other tools. Whatever weapon you choose shouldn't ostracize you from being considered an archer. Take the relationship between traditional archers and compound users, for example. We use different tools, but one utilizes more gadgets, is slightly different to shoot and both are usable during any archery season. Yet, each hunter should be allowed to choose what he uses as a weapon, right? Right!

How do YOU feel about crossbows during archery season? If this were your home state, would you oppose it or go with it?

As quoted from The Outdoor Wire:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced proposed regulation changes that will allow the use of crossbows for big game hunting and eliminate a permit requirement for certain physically disabled hunters to use special archery equipment during any big game or small game hunting season.

"The proposed changes will provide our sportsmen and sportswomen additional opportunities while hunting afield this coming fall," Commissioner Martens said. "The popularity of crossbows is growing in New York and the use of modified equipment is in high demand to meet the needs of our hunters who are temporarily or permanently disabled."

The NYS DEC will be accepting public comments on the proposal through July 11. If you live in NY, I urge you to comment.

I will take public comments indefinitely. Shoot straight.


  1. I personally shoot them all. Crossbow, compound and longbow. We have had crossbows for years now and the sky didn't fall, more deer than ever and a few people that couldn't hunt archery otherwise can now go. Kind of like a golf course saying you are allowed only 3 clubs or just a certain brand. It is archery tackle, has been for many centuries and maybe it is time for all states to get their head out of their third point of contact and let us hunt.

  2. Here in Missouri they allow crossbows for handicapped archers by permit, and during firearms season.

    Honestly this is the way I prefer it. I haven't shot a crossbow, or researched them much, so obviously I am not coming at this scientifically, or even from personal experience - but, my opinion is that they are not archery tackle.

    I realize that this opinion opens up a can of worms, most notably it raises the question: Where do we draw the line? What is archery tackle, and what isn't? I don't agree with every position that Pope & Young takes, but I do like their definitions of a hunting bow...

    1. A device for launching an arrow, which derives its propulsive energy solely from the bending and recovery of two limbs.
    2. The bow must be hand drawn by a single and direct, uninterrupted pulling action of the shooter. The bowstring must be moved from brace height to the full draw position by the muscle power of the shooter’s body. The energy used to propel the arrow shall not be derived from any other source such as hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical or similar devices. These limitations shall not exclude the mechanical leverage advantage provided by eccentric wheels or cams so long as the available energy stored in the bent limbs of the bow is the sole result of a single, continuous, and direct pulling effort by the shooter.
    3. The bow must be hand-held. One hand shall hold the bow and the other hand draw the bowstring. The bowstring must be moved and/or held at all points in the draw cycle entirely by the muscle power of the shooter until release. The bowstring must be released as a direct and conscious action of the shooter’s either relaxing the tension of the fingers or triggering the release action of a hand-held release aid.

    Do I think crossbows have a place in the hunting world? Absolutely!

    Am I open to the expansion of their seasons in my state? Yes, I am.

    Do I think they should be treated the same as "archery" equipment? No, I don't.