© By Othmar Vohringer
Crossbow hunters can add another state to the growing list of states that make crossbows legal for all hunters.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners approved in a meeting on Tuesday crossbows as legal hunting tool in all archery season. This was the final step in a previously approved motion this past October.
With that move Pennsylvania’s antiquated hunting rules have been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. Previously it was only lawful for handicapped hunters to use crossbows.
In order to appease the sizeable portion of bowhunters that protested this decision the Game Commission amended the original draft and excluded the use of any magnifying scopes with the exception of red-dot type non-magnification scopes. The commission also reserved the right to vote on the decision again in 2012.
However, this did not prevent the assembled traditional archers from giving the commission an earful of the usual totally unfounded fears and negative hype about crossbows.
Personally I welcome this decision and think it is about high time to make the crossbow a legal hunting tool everywhere. Here in Canada we use crossbows for many years and it has proven a great asset to bowhunting and the recruitment of bowhunters. It might also be interesting to mention that none of the often fabricated negative aspects of crossbow hunting have been noted.
Pennsylvania is the 25th. U.S. state legalizing crossbows for all, not only disabled, hunters. Some states have created special seasons for crossbows, while others have included crossbows into the archery season – in my opinion that is the right place for crossbows – and still other states have made the crossbow legal for all hunters but added species restrictions or the hunter has to take a crossbow course.
To find out the specific crossbow regulations check with your states wildlife agency (DNR), or your Canadian province hunting synopsis.
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