Amendments to NYS Crossbow Laws

Senate Bill S1386/Assembly Bill A00479

From the senate bill:

To clarify that the taking of deer, bear, small game, fish and wild upland game birds by crossbow is akin to the taking of such game by a longbow; removes restrictions related to the maximum peak draw weight and minimum limb width; establishes parity in relation to the minimum distance with which a crossbow could be discharged from an occupied structure consistent with that of a longbow; clarifies use of a crossbow in relation to the hunter safety course be presented as part of the bow hunter education course; and permits the use of a crossbow by youth hunters 12 and 13 years of age.

A link to the senate bill is here and the assembly bill is here

The New York Crossbow Coalition has provided a sample letter to use when contacting your representatives in support of the bill.

Sample Letter to support amendments for Crossbow Hunting