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UNITED STATES HUNTING REGULATIONS

UNITED STATES HUNTING REGULATIONS

US STATE CROSSBOW & HUNTING REGULATIONS

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State Hunting Regulations, Crossbow Hunting Laws

Alabama
Crossbows legal for all persons during the entire deer hunting season.
www.outdooralabama.com
(334) 242-3469
 
Alaska
Crossbows are illegal in bow-only areas, but can be used where guns and bows are legal weapons. No provision for handicapped hunters.
(907) 267-2347
 
Arizona 
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters on a very restrictive permit basis, or for anyone during general firearms seasons.
www.azgfd.com
(602) 942-3000
 
 
California 
California states that "a crossbow is not archery equipment and may not be used during the archery season." Except with a Disabled Archer Permit, crossbows may not be used during any archery season or during the general season when using an archery only tag.
www.wildlife.ca.gov
(916) 653-7203
  
Colorado 
Crossbows legal for all hunters during gun seasons and for handicapped hunters during archery season
www.dnr.state.co.us
(303) 297-1192
 
Connecticut   
Crossbows are legal only for disabled hunters by permit.
www.dep.state.ct.us
(860) 424-3011
 
Delaware 
Allows the use of crossbows during all deer seasons.  Crossbows used for deer hunting must have a minimum pull weight of 125 pounds, be manufactured after 1980 and have a mechanical safety.  Crossbows may be equipped with a scope.
www.fw.delaware.gov/pages/fwportal.aspx
     (303) 297-1192
 
Georgia 
Crossbows legal in all seasons.
www.gohuntgeorgia.com
 (850) 488-8573
  
Hawaii 
Crossbows are legal by special disabled permit only.
www.hawaii.gov/dlnr
 (808) 973-9787
 
Idaho 
Crossbows are legal in big game seasons restricted to short-range weapons. Permitted for use during archery season by disabled persons with a permit.
www.fishandgame.idaho.gov
 (800) 554-8685
 
Indiana 
Crossbows legal only in late archery season and only for antler less deer.
 (317) 232-4080
   
Iowa 
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters with permit.  Resident hunters 70 years old and older may purchase one statewide antlerless-deer only license to hunt deer with a crossbow.
 (515) 281-8688 
  
Kansas 
Crossbows with a minimum draw weight of 125 will be allowed in regular forearms deer and turkey season.
www.kdwp.state.ks.us
 (316) 342-0658
 
Kentucky
Crossbows with a minimum draw weight of 125 will be allowed in regular forearms deer and turkey season.
 
Massachusetts
Crossbows for handicap with permit.
(508) 792-7270
(207) 287-8000
 
(800) 858-1549
 
Nebraska
Crossbows with a draw weight of 125 pounds or more are legal to hunt deer and antelope during the firearms season. Disabled hunters with a permit may use a crossbow during archery season.
www.ngpc.state.ne.us
(402) 471-0641
 
Nevada
Crossbows are are legal for all during firearms season.
www.ndow.org/
(775) 688-1500
 
New Hampshire
Crossbows are legal for all hunters with a crossbow hunting permit during firearms season and for all hunters on Long Island with a Long Island deer permit. Disabled hunters may use a crossbow pursuant to disabled hunter regulations without purchasing a crossbow permit. Crossbows are prohibited during the youth hunting weekend for deer.
www.wildlife.state.nh.us
(603) 271-3422
 
New Jersey
Crossbows are legal in any bow and arrow hunting season and other hunting seasons for all species where the use of bow and arrow is allowed. Crossbows must have a minimum draw weight of 75 pounds and a minimum stock length of 25 inches.
www.njfishandwildlife.com
(609) 292-2965
 
New Mexico
Crossbow use is allowed by Certified Mobility Impaired Hunters during all hunts.
www.wildlife.state.nm.us
(800) 862-9310
 
New York
A Modified Crossbow Permit may be issued to permanently disabled individuals whose disability is so severe that they are physically unable to operate a mechanical device attached to a regular bow.
www.dec.ny.gov
(518) 402-8924
 
North Carolina
Effective August 1, 2010, allows the use of crossbows anytime bow and arrows are legal weapons.
www.ncwildlife.org/fs_index_04_hunting.htm
(919) 733-7291
 
North Dakota
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters by permit.
www.gf.nd.gov
(701) 328-6300
 
 
Oklahoma
New for the 2010 season! The CCR removes the bill's existing language and replaces it with language that permits the use of crossbows and conventional longbows with a device that permits the bow to be held mechanically at full or partial draw during any open season when conventional longbows may be used legally.
www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov/
(405) 521-2730
 
Oregon
Crossbows are illegal.
www.dfw.state.or.us
(503) 872-5268
 
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game Commissioners gave final approval to a proposal to legalize crossbows for archery hunting statewide beginning with the 2009-2010 seasons. Magnifying scopes are legal. There is a sunset review scheduled for 2012.
www.pgc.state.pa.us
(717) 787-4250
 
Rhode Island
Crossbows only legal for hunters who possess an official Adaptive Aid/Crossbow Permit obtained through the DEM Division of Licensing.  Crossbows must be a minimum draw weight of 150-pounds and 24-inches wide.
www.dem.ri.gov/pubs/regs/index.htm
(401) 222-6647
 
South Carolina
Crossbows are allowed in archery seasons.
www.dnr.state.sc.us
(803) 734-3886
 
Texas
The use of crossbows is permitted during archery seasons except Grayson County to persons with permanent upper limb disabilities.
www.tpwd.state.tx.us
(800) 792-1112
 
Utah
Crossbows legal only for handicapped hunters by permit.
www.wildlife.utah.gov
(801) 538-4700
 
Vermont
Crossbows legal only for handicapped hunters by permit.
www.vtfishandwildlife.com
(802) 241-3700
 
Virginia
Crossbows are legal to use by any hunter. A crossbow license is required during an archery season.
www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/
(804) 367-1000
 
Washington
Crossbows approved for use by qualifying archers with disabilities.
www.wdfw.wa.gov
360) 902-2519
 
West Virginia
Class Y permit holders may hunt with a crossbow in established archery seasons.
www.wvdnr.gov
(304) 558-2771