New Jersey says yes to crossbows, New York stubbornly says no


Come September, hunters in New Jersey will have a new weapon to shoot one that has been around since the Dark Ages, but is still illegal in New York State. The mechanized crossbow can now be used by all when the NJ fall bow season opens on Sept. 12. Once feared by armored cavalry as far back as the Crusades, the crossbow is the state's newest weapon in a battle on two fronts: a declining number of hunters and a growing deer problem, particularly in suburban areas.

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