New York's Grassroots Archery and Hunting Organization comprised and financed solely by Sportsmen/women, including Bowhunters, former Bowhunters, State and Local Sportsmen Organizations, County Sportsmen Federations, New York Archery and Sporting Equipment Retailers
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Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Senator Jen Metzger have introduced crossbow bills. These bills offer significant advancement towards full inclusion and NYCC Supports them!

A7627A (Woerner)/S5818 (Metzger) 

What do these bills do?

  • Changes crossbow to the bowhunting privilege from the muzzleloader privilege

  • Replaces the special longbow season with a special archery season and adds crossbow

  • Allows 12 - 15 year olds to hunt with a crossbow (removes the prior prohibition on 12 and 13 year old's)

  • Authorizes those 55 years old or older to use a crossbow in a special archery season

  • Authorizes those physical unable to draw a longbow as determined by a physician to use a crossbow in a special archery season

  • Allows youth to hunt wild small game and wild upland birds with a crossbow

  • Changes the term bolt to arrow

  • Removes the 200 lb maximum draw weight and the 17" minimum width restriction

  • Authorizes DEC to adopt regulations authorizing the taking of wildlife using a crossbow and to include a summary of such regulations in the hunting syllabus

  • Reduces the setback to discharge a crossbow to 150 feet consistent with a long bow 

  • Repeals the prohibition on the use of mechanical devise with a bow and authorization (permit) for disabled hunters to use crossbows which may be discharged only using one's breath

Please Submit a Crossbow support letter to NYCC

Print the support letter, fill out your Name, Address and sign it and mail it to the address at the bottom of it. We will address it to your State Senator and Assemblymember and deliver them to their Albany Offices.

You can also scan your completed letter and email it to us at

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2019 Wall of Fame

Were you successful Hunting with a Crossbow in 2019?

Buck, Doe, Bear, Turkey, Coyote, Fox or any other animal?
Send a picture along with name and town where you harvested it and we will post it on our Wall of Fame. Pictures may also be used on our display at shows in the future and other advertising.

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Are you Satisfied

  • Being denied the ability to use your crossbow until the last 10 Days of Northern Zone and 14 days of Southern Zone Archery Seasons?

  • Having to purchase a Muzzleloader Privilege instead of a Bow Privilege to use your Crossbow?

  • With the 200 lb. draw weight restriction that eliminates many recurve crossbows?

  • With the minimum width restriction that eliminates the new reverse limb crossbows from Horton and Stryker because the widest point is not at the tip of the limbs?

  • Do You Believe

  • A Crossbow is another form of a Bow and should be classified as Archery Equipment, as it is in the majority of other states?

  • A Crossbow should be legal for all game, during all seasons, and in any location where Archery equipment is permitted?

  • A Crossbow should be permitted during the Youth Deer Hunt over the Columbus Day Weekend?

  • A Crossbow should be legal for Bowfishing?

  • A Crossbow should be legal in ALL Archery Only Areas?
  • New York Crossbow Coalition
    Is NOT Satisfied Either!