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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Bills A2940 & S3191 have been introduced in Albany
Both bills have been sent to their respective EnCon Committees

These Bills will:

* Change the requirement to hunt with a crossbow from the muzzleloader privelege to the archery privilege

* Allow anyone over age 55 to use a crossbow during the entire Archery Season

*Allow Jr Archery hunters, 12 thru 15, to use a crossbow during the entire Archery Season

* Retains current Crossbow Seasons for hunters between 16 & 54

* Allows hunters between 16 & 54 with Dr certified dissability to receiver a permit to hunt with a crossbow through the entire Archery season

* Removes arbitrary minimum width and maximun draw weight restrictions

* Changes discharge setback restrictions from ' to 250' to 150' to be in align with other archery equipment


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The 2023 Legislative Session is scheduled to end on June 8th. These final few weeks is when 90% of all legislation will be moved to the Assembly and Senate Floor for votes.

Now is the time to make sure we reach out to the EnCon Committee members and Leadership in both the Assembly and Senate, your legislators and the bill sponsors to move Crossbow Legislation, A2940 & S3191, to the floor for a vote. But time is limited and IMMEDIATE ACTION is imperative!

Some of the oppositions past friends are no longer in Albany, giving us the opportunity to show the vast support for crossbow inclusion that exists. But this will take everyone, and I mean EVERYONE to reach out TODAY!

I know there are many that believe we can not overcome NYB's efforts. That is only because of their HYPE. The fact is, NYB membership has consistently shrunk since 2005. Their financial reports from 2005 through 2020 indicate their membership income from membership has declined by at least 54%, while NY Crossbow Coalition's 2019 income from membership exceeded NYB's 2005 income from membership. Although there are many factors that prevent a direct correlation from membership income to total membership, it does show the trend in their support vs ours.

Don't believe the NYB chest pounding rhetoric! NYCC membership far outnumbers NYB membership. Why are they perceived to be so big? Besides having had entrenched allies in Albany for a couple of decades, NYB's diminishing membership is LASER FOCUSED on contacting legislators when needed. And not just 25% of them. ALL OF THEM!

Crossbow supporters need to


We Need EVERYONE to follow the appropriate link, resident or non-resident, below and submit your support letter. These letters will be delivered to the Leadership, all of the EnCon Committee members, the bill sponsors and your representatives in both the Assembly and Senate!

After submitting your letters, please follow up with a phone call to the offices of the Leadership, Encon Chairs and Bill Sponsors, requesting passage of A2940 & S3191 before the end of the session!

NY Residents use this link.

Non NY Residents use this link

After submitting your letters, please take the time to call the following offices and request bills A2940 & S3191 are reported out of committee to the floor for a vote.

Senate President - Andrea Stewart-Cousins 518-455-2585

Assembly Speaker - Carl Heastie 518-455-3791

Senate EnCon Chair - Pete Harckham 518-455-2340

Assembly EnCon Chair - Deborah Glick 518-455-4841

S3191 Bill Sponsor - John Mannion 518-455-3511

A2940 Bill Sponsor - Carrie Woerner 518-455-5404

We have been asked by crossbow Bill Sponsors who are pushing for Full Inclusion of Crossbows and the removal of arbitrary width and draw weight restrictions, to collect short Video Testomonials they can share with others in Albany to help them gain support from other legislators.

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Please consider sending us a short 30 second video. List your name, where you live, how long you have been bowhunting and why you support including crossbows in archery season and arbitrary restrictions on width and draw weight.

Send your videos to or upload them to our dropbox account at
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2022 Wall of Fame

If you are successful Hunting with a Crossbow in 2022, Please submit a picture for the NYCC Wall of Fame

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!