I am obviously from NY and I shoot rage 2 blades. I was and still am under the impression that the 3 blades are illegal and the 2 blades are not. Right in the regulation book there is a pic of the rage 2 blade with the blades folded completely forward as an example of a legal broadhead. The 3 blades do not fold back easily but the 2 blades do. I have never talked to an ECO about this but people I work with (a Dicks Sporting goods) have and this is what they were told. As far as I can understand from the regulation book the rage 2 blades are not illegal. But I am not sure now that i read this post.... As far as horror stories. Alot of my buddies shoot them and the farthest recovery distance is 50 yards. Most being between 10-20yds. Nothing horrible about that... except for the deer of course.
Not sure about this, but a non-issue for me. However, I have a good deal of experience with using and reading NY conservation law and know how they use it. I know for a fact that the state uses the "vagueness" of game law to their advantage when they choose to.
Different ECO's get to interpret law on the scene the way they want sometimes. This can be a good thing when they are trying for example, to legitimately nail some slippery poacher. Or a bad thing when, during a routine check some young and or over zealous ECO decides to try and make case law history.
I know of one incidence of an ECO watching some duck hunters AFTER checking their paperwork, and sitting in his vehicle with the book open on his lap looking for possible violations