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NY DEC Taking Public Comment on Crossbow Hunting Rule Changes

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting public comment on proposed regulation changes for crossbow hunting in the state.
ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting public comment on proposed regulation changes for crossbow hunting in the state. 

A press release says the public comment comes after new state legislature was passed allowing big or small game to be taken by the use of crossbow. 

“Crossbow hunting is growing across the country and Governor Cuomo’s commitment to increase hunting opportunities here in New York State is demonstrated by the signing of the new law to authorize the use of crossbows for hunting under certain circumstances,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. 

Specifically, the law changes authorize DEC to:
  • Allow the take of deer and bear by the use of a crossbow during a limited portion of the early bowhunting seasons (14 days at the end of the existing bowhunting season in the Southern Zone, and 10 days in the Northern Zone) and during any big game hunting season in which use of a firearm (shotgun, rifle or muzzleloader) is allowed, except for the Youth Deer Hunting weekend and the January firearms deer season on Long Island. 
  • Allow the take of small game mammals, wild turkey and other upland game birds by the use of a crossbow during their respective hunting seasons.
Citizens who wish to make formal public comments through July 21 may do so by sending an email to: wildliferegs@gw.dec.state.ny.us (include “crossbow regulations” in the subject line) or by writing to: Mr. Bryan L. Swift, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.
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