Crossbow Hunting Laws and Regulations in New York

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Crossbow Hunting Laws and Regulations in New YorkThe crossbow regulations In New York were recently altered to allow crossbow hunting during the fall season. The only exceptions to that are if you are hunting in the Nassau, Westchester, or Suffolk counties.

In order to take advantage of these new regulations, you must complete the online crossbow certification or take a certified hunter education course. The state of New York as requires that crossbow hunter be at least 14 years of age. If you are bring your teenager out to hunt, make sure that you check out our youth crossbows to get an idea of what they should be using.

While crossbow hunting, it is unlawful to discharge your weapon within 250 feet of any home, playground, farm structure, school, church, of factory without prior permission from the landowner. It is also unlawful to move a crossbow in a motor vehicle while loaded with a bolt.

Crossbow hunting regulations In New York are a little more restrictive than some other states. They require that you use a crossbow with at least 100 pounds of draw weight, but no more than 200 pounds. The minimum is set to ensure that you have enough power for your target while the maximum is in place to ensure that everyone remains as safe as possible.

A maximum draw weight of 200 lbs. can restrict hunters from using some of the more powerful recurve crossbows. Make sure that you pay attention to what you aer buying so that you can stay within those legal limits.

Crossbow Hunting Regulations in New York Disclaimer

Here at Crossbow Productions, we work to provide the best resources possible for our readers. That being said, we are by no means experts in the crossbow laws in New York. If you are looking for legal advice, or to request a change in these laws, you should contact the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. They will be able to answer any questions and get you going down the right path.

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The people have spoken and let the government know that they were not happy with the crossbow regulations in New York. For that reason, they are one of the most recent states to change their regulations to be closer to what other states allow. We hope that more states will come to the light and realize that it is time for a change. For the residents of New York, make sure that you get out there and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

By | 2017-06-08T16:40:14+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Crossbow Regulations|0 Comments

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