I have a question for you hawker. Are these bills going to legalize and open a seperate crossbow season or are they going to coincide with existing archery seasons? If the later is the answer I am more than against it. Im for crossbows but only in a seperate or partially overlapping season. If crossbow was legal to use during archery season IT WILL bring out more of the irresponsible hunters who ignore laws and property bounderies. The average archer in our state is typically a whitetail maniac and puts countless hours into practice and prep. The average gun hunter is not the same. Their are alot of weekend warriors mainly from populated areas and many others who dont put in the time to be accurate with their weapon. Most of whom are gun hunters. In 23 years of deer hunting I have yet to harvest a buck during gun season. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have had tresspassing hunters ruin things for me, or watch guys take pop shots at running deer at impossible distances. On the flip side of that I have taken a buck every year but 1 since my first was taken with a bow. And I have rarely had bad experiences during archery season with other archers. Unless there is a seperate season, NO to crossbows.
Hello Ny Archer.
The Bills state, if memory serves, to allow the state to implement crossbows as legal hunting tool in NYS. Beyond that I don't know. For what it's worth, for me I don't care. And I honestly don't think you or anyone else should either. Your concerns expressed, like that of a few others are what you THINK will happen. It is based out of FEAR. It is a common human reaction. You and others have no FACTS. Please search for data from other states who have had legalized crossbows for decades. You will find no such phenomena. Anywhere. No one who I have engaged in a discussion on this topic has ever brought to the table any, IMO legitimate, fact based, thoughtful, arguments against adding the crossbow in NY. It is always fear, misinformation, and/or outright selfishness driving their views.
Popular crossbow myths you may be entertaining would include:
Outlandish ranges at ridiculously small targets- FALSE Ballistics are much the same. In some cases kinetics are less due to decreased mass
People running all over the woods- FALSE You have to HUNT LIKE AN ARCHER in order to use the implement.
It is easier than a vertical bow- FALSE Talk to someone who has dragged one around the woods. Or, tried to shoot around behind them in a tree stand. Or wanted a second shot.
Irresponsible hunters. Really? They are just waiting for something like the crossbow to come and plague us? They are not here and there already, but lurking at home for just the right opportunity (that apparently the crossbow presents) to invade your area enmass. Are you sure this what you want to go with? [:)]
Did the legalization of inline design, optics, fiber optics, sabots, speed-loaders, etc ruin muzzle loading for any? On the contrary, I bet it made the sport more accessible and enjoyable. I heard of no patch and roundball folks driving each other crazy over it all.
Once again, if anybody has any actual, verifiable, data out there, I stand ready to be taught.