The New York Crossbow Coalition recently issued the following statement from coalition President Rick McDermott:
The New York Crossbow Coalition greatly appreciates Gov. Cuomo, in his State of the State address, specifically lending his support to our efforts to recognize crossbows as a legal hunting implement in New York state. New York state hunters have been arbitrarily denied the use of crossbows for too long.
The governors announcement today will help pave the way for the states sportsmen and -women to legally use crossbows in New York state. Over the past few decades, the number of hunters has steadily declined. With the governors support, we are hopeful that the Legislature will agree to take action to reverse this trend by allowing DEC to provide additional hunting opportunities for crossbow hunters.
We are also supportive of the governors efforts on behalf of sportsmen and -women to increase access to state lands, provide liability protections to private landowners and create a new adventure license. These actions will assist the state in properly managing the states deer and wildlife populations, provide new opportunities for hunters and help stimulate the states economy.
To read the governors 2014 State of the State address, visit www.governor.ny.gov.
The New York Crossbow Coalition is a pro-hunting, grass-roots organization dedicated to promoting hunter recruitment and retention opportunities provided by the crossbow. New York Crossbow Coalition advocates for the civil rights of all sportsmen and -women of New York, regardless of age, sex or physical abilities, by pursuing the classification of a crossbow as a legal bow for use in any season where archery equipment is permitted, including archery only areas. A majority of our members consist of current and former bow hunters and other sportsmen and -women.
I have been a member for three years, and I would ask all hunters to join the crossbow coalition so we can decide if we want to hunt with a crossbow, not a politician.