I just read on Crossbow Nation that NY Gov. Cuomo is supporting crossbows as legal hunting implements.
For crossbow hunters in NY it is time to write your elected representatives to offer support for passage of legislation legalizing crossbows
Efforts in 2013 to reauthorize the "2011 and 2012 gun-season use of crossbows" were thwarted by Assemblyman Sweeney, chairman of the environmental conservation committee , who feels that since cross-bows are "superior weapons" they should not be used in any season.
Lets hope that politics won't get in the way of allowing crossbow hunting for 2014.
Press release from NYS Crossbow Coalition follows:
For Immediate Release: January 8, 2014
Contact: Rick McDermott, NYS Crossbow Coalition
Statement from NYS Crossbow Coalition
on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State Address
(Albany, NEW YORK) The New York Crossbow Coalition today issued the following statement from Coalition’s President, Rick McDermott:
“The New York Crossbow Coalition greatly appreciates Governor Cuomo, in his State of the State address, specifically lending his support to our efforts to recognize crossbows as a legal hunting implement in New York State. New York State hunters have been arbitrarily denied the use of crossbows for too long. The Governor’s announcement today will help pave the way for the state’s sportsmen and women to legally use crossbows in New York State. Over the past few decades the number of hunters has steadily declined. With the Governor’s support, we are hopeful that the Legislature will agree to take action to reverse this trend by allowing DEC to provide additional hunting opportunities for crossbow hunters. We are also supportive of the Governor’s efforts on behalf of sportsmen and women to increase access to state lands, provide liability protections to private landowners and create a new adventure license. These actions will assist the State in properly managing the State’s deer and wildlife populations, provide new opportunities for hunters and help stimulate the state’s economy.”
To read the Governor’s 2014 State of the State address, visit the Governor’s website at http://www.governor.ny.gov/
About The New York Crossbow Coalition
The New York Crossbow Coalition is a pro hunting grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the hunter recruitment and retention opportunities provided by the crossbow. New York Crossbow Coalition advocates for the civil rights of all sportsmen and women of New York, regardless of age, sex or physical abilities, by pursuing the classification of a crossbow as a legal bow for use in any season where archery equipment is permitted, including archery only areas. A majority of our members consist of current and former bowhunters and other sportsmen and women.