On Monday, December 17, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, at the request of the majority of the New York sportsmen’s community vetoed Assembly Bill 10583A. AB 10583A would have authorized the continued use of crossbows in firearms and late archery/muzzleloader seasons. However, language in the bill would have made it impossible for the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to continue their highly successful youth firearms deer hunt which was held for the first time this year on Columbus Day weekend.
The New York Sportsmen’s Advisory Council (an advisory group for the New York Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus made up of national and state-based sportsmen’s organizations governed by a board of directors comprised of leaders of the sportsmen’s community) was highly engaged on this issue - urging the governor to veto this bill, and rallying the support of their membership bases to do the same. Following Governor Cuomo’s veto, the youth hunt will now be able to occur, as planned, in 2013 and crossbow usage will have to be addressed in separate legislation in the 2013 legislative session.
Share this page
Your opinion counts
For the 80th Anniversary of the American System of Conservation Funding, in which way are you willing to increase your contribution to the future of America’s fish and wildlife conservation?Vote Here
- Supporting increased federal or state excise taxes on sporting goods (30.77%)
- Supporting increases in the costs of hunting and fishing licenses (7.69%)
- Purchasing additional shooting, hunting, or fishing equipment (23.08%)
- Purchasing conservation oriented license plates (7.69%)
- Purchasing either species-specific or general habitat stamps (0.00%)
- Introducing additional participants to recreational shooting, hunting, and/or fishing (30.77%)