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April 19, 2014

Crossbow use begins for New York deer hunters

ALBANY,  N.Y.  (AP)  —  The  new state  budget includes  an  agreement  that  will  give  crossbow hunters their own season in New York.

Language within the budget will allow  crossbow use for all small game, including turkeys, and any big game season in which firearms are allowed.

It will also allow crossbow use in the last 14 days of the Southern Zone archery deer and bear season and the final 10 days of the Northern Zone archery deer and bear seasons.

Hunters who use conventional, vertical bows and 
arrows had lobbied to keep the more powerful cross-bows at bay to preserve the purity of their sport.

They have argued that crossbows have  more range, can be steadied on shooting rests — more like a rifle or shotgun — and most have modern optical sights.

Sen. Patrick Gallivan of Western New York, who successfully pushed through the crossbow-hunting law after a few failed attempts, said hundreds of thousands of hunters support it from 40 different organizations.

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