Crossbow bill fails to hit the bullseye

Bill A.924/S.6793, better known as the crossbow bill, has passed and now awaits the governor’s signature. However, the bill was so diluted from its original writing, its impact will be miniscule, both in expanding deer hunting opportunities as well as generating more money to fund the DEC’s shrinking fish and wildlife budget pool. As passed, the revised bill would empower the DEC to establish a crossbow hunting season but “only to coincide with the regular firearms and late-season muzzleloader hunting seasons.” The original bill would have also allowed crossbow use on private property during any deer-hunting season, including archery.

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