CHENANGO COUNTY – A struggle for decades, the years-long tug of war over the legalization and use of the crossbow as a hunting weapon in New York is finally over, with a few exceptions.
The identification of crossbow technology as a legitimate weapon into what some consider the purest form of hunting has been a long-time bone of contention among bow hunting sportsmen from all points of the New York map, including Chenango County.
In 2010, a two-year trial period was initiated across New York for crossbow use while hunting, and crossbow enthusiasts this past year could not use the device for anything but target shooting. Now, the crossbow has become a legal hunting device with the passage of Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014-2015 fiscal year budget.
When the final budget was approved on April 1, the agreement included legalization of crossbows for hunting small and big game and portions of the archery seasons.