Welcome, I'm a newbie myself and hoping I don't run into the same crapola you did as I just bought a used Martin that was made in '09. I haven't had a chance to shoot it a lot yet but the guy I bought it from has shot it a ton since he bought it in '09. Hopefully my bow stands up a bit nicer than the reputation I've read about with some of these bows.
Same as always. Early Archery is October 15th in Southern Zone, Regular Season opens the Saturday before Thanksgiving in the Southern Zone. The 8 hour Bowhunter's Safety course has been around for a long, long, time. Its nothing new.
Originally Posted by Scott
Crossbows are being legalized because enough hunters in New York State wanted them to be legalized. Even though NY can do nothing right with our taxes and its spending, I have to say when it comes to DEC's efforts to do what sportsmen and women ask for, they have a great track record in most cases. They started the antler restriction program because hunters in those areas asked for them. Not because they decided it was best for the deer herds. In actuality, DEC does not believe that the health of the deer herd or hunter success is related to antler restrictions at all. A majority of hunters wanted it so DEC worked to give it to them. NY Bowhunters, Inc. has been pushing to have the Southern Zone early archery season open on October 1 and DEC is working to make that so with the current Deer Management Plan they have spent over 5 years developing.
Originally Posted by NY_Bowhunter
Keep in mind that NY Bowhunters, Inc. have put out a ton and then some of bad information as well as outright lies. Besides Oregon, New York is the only state that does not allow crossbows to be used as a hunting implement in at least one season. Most of the states allow its use during the archery season with no ill effects towards hunting success, deer numbers, and all the other garbage NYB wants you to believe. As far as the statement, "If you can pull 150 pounds you can pull a bow" that is real ignorant talk there. Guys like my uncle who has a bad shoulder his whole life and could never pull a bow at all lost out when the crossbow was not allowed to be used during the early archery season in the southern zone. NY Bowhunters, Inc. have a very "its my way or the highway" attitude and what the current members do not realize or were not even born yet to experience is that back in the 1950's and 60's when compound bows first became popular, NY Bowhunters, Inc. was the first group to come out AGAINST them and try to keep them from being used. The current crop is doing the same thing now. Bottom line, crossbows do not make you a better hunter and do not lead to more deer harvested. You still get the same number of tags and you still have to shoot straight, practice and put the arrow where it belongs. If you look at the physics behind a crossbow, the limbs are half the length of a compound bow which is why the draw weight is doubled or more to achieve the same kinetic energy to deliver a bolt at speeds very similar to compounds. Crossbows don't shoot any faster, any farther, or any more accurately than a compound can. You still have to master the equipment and practice constantly.
DEC's deer management plan is also being scrutinized and a lot of misinformation is being spread again by NY Bowhunters and other sportsman's groups who want what THEY want to happen and make the decisions for all of New York. Between NY Outdoor News and NY Bowhunters there are more lies than facts being circulated around NY. Public comments are welcome by DEC through July and anything that they propose has to be voted on, signed into law, and won't go into effect for the 2011-2012 Hunting Season.
Yes I teach Hunter's Ed and Bowhunter's Ed for DEC and yes I am satisfied with how they manage the State's deer populations.
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