Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Crossbows Legal Hunting Implements In NYS

Leave it to those sneaky bureaucrats in NY State to drastically change the hunting regulations and not have the information readily available, in a personal email to me, before I bought my hunting licenses!

The drastic change, which is a very good one, is that NYS now allows crossbows as legal big game and small game hunting instruments. Had I known sooner, I could have been out in the field hunting weeks ago because the crossbow season is effectively much earlier than rifle season if you have a muzzleloader stamp. Yes, get that, if you have a muzzleloader stamp you can use the crossbow in that season, otherwise you can use it in early bear or in the regular rifle season for big game and more. It is all new, you can check it out here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/68802.html.

I was thinking of getting back into bow hunting, but a crossbow appeals to me more than a regular bow. I am starting to lean that way and have been checking out crossbow kits online. It seems if you want to assure you are getting a quality crossbow, it will cost at least $650 or so with some exceptions. I have been looking at the exceptions. Those I have in mind so far are:

Arrow Precision Inferno Hellfire II: http://shop.arrow-precision.com/p/inferno-hellfire-ii-precision-crossbow-full-camo-w-rope-cocker?pp=12

Excalibur Axiom SMF: http://www.excaliburcrossbow.com/catalog/crossbow/axiom_crossbow_kit

Parker Enforcer 160: http://parkerbows.com/crossbows.html?action=detail&detailsku=1101

SA Sports Empire Beowulf: http://www.sa-sports.com/products/crossbows/empire-Beowulf

These can be had for less than $500 each and the SA Sports Beowulf can even be found for under $400 (I am giving this one some serious consideration). If any of my readers have any feedback on these or on other crossbows at less than $500, or on any other models from these same companies, please leave a comment about them.

Glenn B

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