The New York State Governor has placed in his annual budget the use of crossbows in the hands of New York State Department of Conservation.
From my understanding, once the budget is passed it's use for hunting will be under the guidelines of the DEC. There is no official word from the DEC about how this will affect the upcoming season, but it's been said that its use could take affect as early as this fall.
''Hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation are an intrinsic part of New York's cultural and historical identity, and a vital component to our economy, particularly in Upstate and Western New York,'' Senator Gallivan said. ''It's foolish to deny New York's hunters, and hunters who wish to visit, the opportunity to hunt with a crossbow, many of whom are simply incapable of using a traditional or compound bow due to age or injury. This legislation will expand the sportsman community in New York and draw additional revenue into our economy.''
Gallivan's legislation has received formal support from the following organizations: The New York State Conservation Council, the New York State Farm Bureau, the New York Sportsmen's Advisory Council, the Conservation Alliance of New York, New York Shooting Sports, the New York State Deer and Elk Farmers Association, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, The Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE), the New York Metro Chapter of Safari Club International, the Western New York Chapter of Safari Club International, the Adirondack / Catskill Chapter of Safari Club International, the New York/Tri-State Chapter of Safari Club International and dozens of other community hunting organizations and wildlife federations
''No issue looms larger for the sporting community than crossbow,'' Gallivan said. ''For years crossbow enthusiasts have been forced to travel, spend their time and spend their money in any one of New York's neighboring states that already allow crossbow hunting. I have solicited the opinions and the input from dozens of hunting organizations and the overwhelming majority have indicated their desire to see crossbow hunting allowed in New York. It's time to deliver.''