New York's Grassroots Archery and Hunting Organization comprised and financed solely by Sportsmen and Women, including Bowhunters, former Bowhunters, State and Local Sportsmen Organizations, County Sportsmen Federations, New York Archery and Sporting Equipment Retailers
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Crossbow Bills
S7005 & A9623

Have been submitted to their respective Environmental Conservation Committees.
    YOUR help is essential in getting these bills on their Committee Agendas.

    Please write the Committee Chairmen and request they place these bills on their committees agendas.

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What is in these Bills?

  • Allows Crossbows to be used during the entire archery season in all archery areas except for Suffolk and Westchester Counties and the Archery only areas of Albany and Monroe Counties *

  • Classifies Crossbows as a bow, requiring the Bow Privilege instead of the Muzzleloader Privilege

  • Eliminates the 200 lb maximum draw weight restriction
  • Eliminates the 17" minimum width restriction

  • Aligns the minimum age for crossbow use with other archery equipment. Allows 12 & 13 year old's to hunt big and small game with a crossbow

  • Permits crossbows at the same 150' setback as all other bows

  • Permits Bowfishing with crossbows

  • Allows anyone wishing to, to use a Draw Lock Device without need for a permit

  • Removes the restriction on minors and their mentors using a crossbow to hunt from the ground

* These bills do not address the exclusion of crossbows on Long Island or Westchester or the archery only areas of Albany and Monroe Counties. To our members in these areas, we still believe those areas should be included and we will continue to pursue that, but we can not do it alone. We need everyone to contact your legislators and request your county be included in this bill.

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Are you Satisfied

  • Being denied the ability to use your crossbow until the last 10 Days of Northern Zone and 14 days of Southern Zone Archery Seasons?

  • Having to purchase a Muzzleloader Privilege instead of a Bow Privilege to use your Crossbow?

  • With the 200 lb. draw weight restriction that eliminates many recurve crossbows?

  • With the minimum width restriction that eliminates the new reverse limb crossbows from Horton and Stryker because the widest point is not at the tip of the limbs?

  • Do You Believe

  • A Crossbow is another form of a Bow and should be classified as Archery Equipment, as it is in the majority of other states?

  • A Crossbow should be legal for all game, during all seasons, and in any location where Archery equipment is permitted?

  • A Crossbow should be permitted during the Youth Deer Hunt over the Columbus Day Weekend?

  • A Crossbow should be legal for Bowfishing?

  • A Crossbow should be legal in ALL Archery Only Areas?
  • New York Crossbow Coalition
    Is NOT Satisfied Either!