There are only a few states where you can use a crossbow to hunt. Sadly for New Yorkers and those fascinated with the state, New York is not one of them. An exception to the rule is if you’re physically disabled. You can get a medical certificate from your physician and it should state that you are “physically incapable of arm movement sufficient to draw, hold and release a long bow.” You can then submit the certificate to the Department of Environmental Conservation and you’ll be given a special permit.
But things may soon change as the state Governor, David Paterson, just signed a bill that makes crossbow hunting in New York legal.
But hold on to your crossbows for the meantime. The legislation gave the DEC until February 1 of next year to set rules and regulations. This means that crossbow hunters have to wait until fall before they can use their crossbow to hunt in New York. This also means that regulations are still unclear on what hunters can and cannot do.
Crossbow hunters would then be able to hunt starting next fall until the last day of 2012 when the law lapses. Days leading to it would be another waiting game as we have to wait if our lawmakers are in a good mood and they’ll make a permanent law out of it. Another option for them is to apply some changes to the law and if we’re unlucky, they’ll let the law trail off and we’re back to where we started.
For now, let’s stay tuned for developments.