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Support for Senate Bill to Implement Crossbow Regulations

Conservation Fund Advisory Board Correspondence

The following is a web version of a Conservation Fund Advisory Board correspondence letter. A printable PDF Version (35 KB) is also available to view.

Memo In Support Senate Bill 1699B

A motion was passed at the June 10, 2013 meeting of the New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board to strongly support Senate Bill 1699. The Conservation Fund Advisory Board has supported numerous initiatives in the past that have allowed for the use of crossbows as a hunting implement.

This bill would allow the Department Environmental Conservation to establish regulations on the use of crossbows by any licensed person during any hunting season and requires DEC to adopt regulations for training in the safe use of hunting with a crossbow. If the DEC is allowed to establish the regulations that will allow the use of crossbows then any proposed regulations will be subject to the State Administrative Procedures Act (SAPA). The regulatory process in place has worked successfully for many years and allows the give-and-take of open public comment and for meaningful input from a wide variety of individuals and interest group. In all the documentation that CFAB has reviewed and the input it receives from the sporting community, there is broad support from the sporting community to allow the use of crossbows as a legal hunting implement.

The Conservation Fund Advisory Board (CFAB) as spelled out in the State Finance Law (Section 83 Conservation Fund) and ECL (Section 11-0327) is charged with ensuring that the money in the Conservation Fund is spent specifically for the care, management, protection, and enlargement of the fish and game resources of the State and the promotion of public fishing, hunting, and trapping. The main source of revenue for the Conservation Fund is the sale of hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses.

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