- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The new state budget includes an agreement that will give crossbow hunters their own season in New York.

Language within the budget will allow crossbow use for all small game, including turkeys, and any big game season in which firearms are allowed.

It will also allow crossbow use in the last 14 days of the Southern Zone archery deer and bear season and the final 10 days of the Northern Zone archery deer and bear seasons. Hunters who use conventional bows and arrows had lobbied to keep the more powerful crossbows at bay to preserve the purity of their sport.

Western New York Sen. Patrick Gallivan said the crossbow law will allow more female, disabled and older hunters who lack the upper body strength for a regular bow to hunt deer with arrows.

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