New York Looking To Add CrossbowsNew York DEC, Bear Hunting Magazine
The New York DEC has proposed allowing hunters to use crossbows for big game and eliminating a permit system for some physically disabled hunters to use special archery equipment. Environmental Commissioner, Joe Martens, stated that crossbows are gaining popularity in the state and there is high demand for modified equipment for use by disabled hunters.
Crossbows could be used to take bears during the regular seasons in places where shotguns or muzzleloaders are permitted and during all late muzzleloader seasons. They would not be allowed during early bear or archery seasons or in any archery only wildlife management units. Hunters wanting to use a crossbow would have to complete a special training course before being allowed to use one.
The New York DEC will be accepting public comments on the proposal through July 11.