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Crossbow Hunting in West Virginia

Crossbow Hunting in West Virginia

Say Hello to the legalization of crossbow hunting in West Virginia. This measure was allowed by new legislative action earlier this year. House Bill number 2515 cleared the way to reintroduce elk into West Virginia and also contained the legalization of crossbow hunting as an amendment. These two measures were combined during negotiations in the House and Senate. The new legislation makes crossbow hunting legal during the big game firearms hunting seasons. It also requires the Natural Resources Commission to establish a dedicated hunting season in West Virginia for crossbows.

During the meeting, commission members approved legislation that would allow the crossbow season to start on the first day of the archery season and run all the way until the end of the year. This starts in the fall of 2015.

This legislation does not require any type of crossbow license. Any hunters that choose to use a crossbow should only need whatever license is required for bow hunting. With that, they will be fully compliant with the new legislation. For a long time, crossbow hunting was not legal in West Virginia, with the exception provided for handicapped hunters just a few years ago.

The only places in West Virginia that crossbow hunting will not be legal are the counties of Mingo, Logan, McDowell, and Wyoming. Commissioners also fought to keep the hunting restriction in these four coal field counties to just bow and arrow, just as it has been for many years. Crossbows will continue to be illegal in those counties.

 

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Here is an excerpt from the fact sheet available at http://www.wvdnr.gov/hunting/PDFFiles/Crossbow_Fact_Sheet.pdf

“Facts Sheet — Crossbow Hunting in West Virginia
The West Virginia State Legislature took action earlier this year to legalize the use of crossbows during big game firearms seasons. They also instructed the Division of Natural Resources to establish a separate crossbow hunting season and identify those game species that could be hunted during this crossbow season. The following points are provided for your information and should serve to clarify the new crossbow hunting opportunities available during the fall 2015 hunting seasons.”

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Crossbow Hunting Regulations 2016

UNITED STATES CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Below you will find a brief summary of the current crossbow hunting regulations. Please check the links provided to verify that the laws have not been changed since this was last updated. Once you have learned your state laws feel free to check out our crossbow reviews.

ALABAMA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal for everyone during deer hunting season.

Website: www.outdooralabama.com

Phone Number: 334-242-3469

ALASKA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal during non restricted hunts. “Certified bowhunters only”, “bow and arrow only”, or “muzzleloader only” hunting or any areas or seasons where only certain weapons are allowed will also apply to crossbows. Scopes and any other optical enhancement devices will not be permitted for use.

Website: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/

Phone Number: 907-267-2347

ARIZONA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal to hunt with only by disabled hunters with a permit.

Website: www.gf.state.az.us

Phone Number: 602-942-3000

ARKANSAS CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are required to have a minimum of a 125-pound pull and also must include a mechanical safety. Deer, turkey and bear hunters are required to use 7/8-inch wide or greater arrowhead. Poison use is not allowed. Scopes and other optical sights are permitted. It is not permitted to hunt elk with a crossbow.

Website: www.agfc.com

Phone Number: 501-223-6300

CALIFORNIA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbow hunting requires the use of a Disabled Archery Hunting Permit.

Website: www.dfg.ca.gov

Phone Number: 916-653-7203

COLORADO CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbow hunting is permitted for all hunters during firearm seasons and for “disabled hunters only” during archery season.

Website: www.dnr.state.co.us

Phone Number: 303-297-1192

CONNECTICUT CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are considered legal archery equipment and may be use as such.

Website: www.dep.state.ct.us

Phone Number: 860-424-3011

DELAWARE CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

May hunt with crossbows during all deer seasons. Crossbows used for deer hunting are required to have a minimum pull weight of 125lbs, be made after 1980 and include a mechanical safety. Scopes are permitted.

Website: www.dnrec.state.de.us

Phone Number: 302-739-5297

FLORIDA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbow season runs concurrently with archery season. Permits are required to hunt with a crossbow.

Crossbow use is permitted during all deer seasons. Crossbows must have a minimum pull weight of 125lbs, be made after 1980 and include a mechanical safety. Scopes are permitted.

Website: http://myfwc.com

Phone Number: 850-488-8573

GEORGIA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal during all hunting seasons.

Website: www.gohuntgeorgia.com

Phone Number: 770-918-6416

HAWAII CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows legal with a disabled hunters permit.

Website: www.hawaii.gov/dlnr

Phone Number: 808-973-9787

IDAHO CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal during seasons that permit any weapon. They are also allowed for handicapped hunters during archery season.

Website: www.fishandgame.idaho.gov

Phone Number: 800-554-8685

ILLINOIS CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted for use by disabled hunters by permit only and for hunters that are over the age of 62 with proper permits and tags.

Website: www.dnr.state.il.us

Phone Number: 217-782-7305

INDIANA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows can be used during the entire archery season. It has to include a mechanical safety and a pull weight of at least 125 lbs.

Website: www.in.gov/dnr

Phone Number: 317-232-4080

IOWA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are allowed for disabled hunters with a permit. Residents above the age of 70 may purchase an antlerless deer license to hunt with a crossbow.

Website: www.iowadnr.com

Phone Number: 515-281-8688

KANSAS CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal for all hunters in the archery deer seasons.

Website: www.kdwp.state.ks.us

Phone Number: 316-342-0658

KENTUCKY CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are allowed during designated weeks, see the state regulations. Crossbows are also allowed during firearms and muzzleloader seasons. Disabled hunters may use a crossbow to hunt deer during the archery deer season with a permit.

Website: http://fw.ky.gov

Phone Number: 800-858-1549

LOUISIANA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

See state regulations.

Website: www.wlf.state.la.us

Phone Number: 225-765-2350

MAINE CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows may be used by all legal hunters during all archery and firearm seasons statewide, with the exception of the Upper Peninsula. See state regulations for details.

Website: www.michigan.gov/dnr

Phone Number: 517-373-1263

MARYLAND CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows may be used while hunting deer only, with the exception of crossbow permits for disabled hunters. Disabled hunters with a permit may pursue all game legal for a regular bow. Hunters are permitted to use crossbows for 4 weeks of archery season and 4 weeks of firearms season.

Website: www.dnr.state.md.us/

Phone Number: 410-260-8540

MASSACHUSETTS CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are only permitted for disabled hunters and require a permit.

Website: www.masswildlife.org

Phone Number: 508-792-7270

MICHIGAN CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows may be used by all legal hunters during all archery and firearm seasons statewide, with the exception of the Upper Peninsula. See state regulations for details.

Website: www.michigan.gov/dnr

Phone Number: 517-373-1263

MINNESOTA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are only permitted for use by disabled hunters with permit.

Website: www.dnr.state.mn.us

Phone Number: 888-MINNDNR

MISSISSIPPI CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal during Archery Season.

Website: home.mdwfp.com

Phone Number: 601-432-2400

MISSOURI CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are considered firearms and are allowed during firearms season. Disabled hunters may use a crossbow during archery season with a permit .

Website: www.mdc.mo.gov

Phone Number: 573-751-4115

MONTANA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are only legal during firearms season.

Website: http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting

Phone Number: 406-444-2535

NEBRASKA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal during both firearm and archery seasons.

Website: www.ngpc.state.ne.us/

Phone Number: 402-471-0641

NEVADA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted during firearms season.

Website: http://www.ndow.org/

Phone Number: 775-688-1500

NEW HAMPSHIRE CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted 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 without purchasing a crossbow permit. Crossbows are not permitted during the youth deer hunting weekend.

Website: www.wildlife.state.nh.us

Phone Number: 603-271-3422

NEW JERSEY CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

The use of crossbows is allowed in any bow and arrow hunting season and other hunting seasons for all species where the use of bow and arrow is allowed.

Website: www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2009/gamecode09.htm

Phone Number: 609-292-2965

NEW MEXICO CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal for cougar, bear, deer, elk, pronghorn, javelina, Barbary sheep, persian ibex, oryx, turkey, and bighorn sheep hunting. Disabled hunters may use crossbows to hunt waterfowl and upland game. Sights on crossbows shall not project light nor use magnification.

Website: www.wildlife.state.nm.us

Phone Number: 800-862-9310

NEW YORK CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

See state website for complete listing of regulations regarding the use of crossbows for hunting.

Website: www.dec.ny.gov

Phone Number: 518-402-8924

NORTH CAROLINA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted anytime bow and arrows are allowed.

Website: www.ncwildlife.org/fs_index_04_hunting.htm

Phone Number: 919-733-7291

NORTH DAKOTA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal for hunters during the rifle season.

Website: www.gf.nd.gov

Phone Number: 701-328-6300

OHIO CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are considered legal archery equipment.

Website: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov

Phone Number: 614-265-6300

OKLAHOMA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted. Check the state link for full details.

Website: www.wildlifedepartment.com

Phone Number: 405-521-2730

OREGON CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are not permitted for hunting.

Website: www.dfw.state.or.us

Phone Number: 503-872-5268

PENNSYLVANIA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted during archery season.

Website: www.pgc.state.pa.us

Phone Number: 717-787-4250

RHODE ISLAND CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are only permitted for use by hunters who possess an official adaptive Aid/Crossbow permit from the DEM division of licensing.

Website: www.dem.ri.gov/

Phone Number: 401-222-6647

SOUTH CAROLINA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are allowed during archery seasons.

Website: www.dnr.sc.gov/

Phone Number: 803-734-3886

SOUTH DAKOTA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted for disabled hunters during the archery season.

Website: www.state.sd.us/

Phone Number: 605-773-3485

TENNESSEE CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted during firearms, muzzleloader and archery season.

Website: www.state.tn.us/twra

Phone Number: 615-781-6500

TEXAS CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Where the season is designated as “archery,” only legal archery equipment/crossbow may be used. See the state regulations for complete details.

Website: www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Phone Number: 512-389-4800

UTAH CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted only for disabled hunters with a permit.

Phone Number: Website: www.wildlife.utah.gov

801-538-4700

VERMONT CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted to be used by disabled hunters for any game that may be taken by bow and arrow.

Website: www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Phone Number: 802-241-3700

VIRGINIA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal to use by any hunter. A crossbow license is mandatory during an archery season.

Website: www.dgif.state.va.us/

Phone Number: 804-367-1000

WASHINGTON CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are approved for use by qualifying disabled archers.

Website: http://wdfw.wa.gov

Phone Number: 360-902-2519

WEST VIRGINIA CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted for qualifying disabled archers.

Website: www.wvdnr.gov

Phone Number: 304-558-2758

WISCONSIN CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are legal during archery season.

Website: www.dnr.state.wi.us

Phone Number: 608-266-2621

WYOMING CROSSBOW HUNTING LAWS

Crossbows are permitted during archery seasons, and require a 90 pound minimum draw weight, shoot a minimum 16 inch bolt and can not be cocked using a leverage-gaining device.

Website: http://gf.state.wy.us

Phone Number: 307-777-4600

Proper Crossbow Maintenance

Caring for your Crossbow

Making sure that your crossbow is well maintained is very important. Fortunately caring for your crossbow is not a difficult task. Many believe it is even easier than taking care of a standard bow. If you do not take good care of your crossbow it will not last as long and your accuracy will also suffer. In this post, I will go over some basic crossbow maintenance tips that will help you keep your gear in great condition.

Waxing your Crossbow String and Cables

Wax your Crossbow String
Keeping your string and cables properly waxed is one of the most important steps in caring for your crossbow. This procedure should be completed on a regular basis. It is always best to check your users manual to get the factory’s recommendations on how often this should be done.

Applying the wax is a fairly simple process. To do this, you just rub the wax along the length of your crossbow string or cable. Make sure you do not apply wax to the string just above the rail where your bolt goes as that can cause buildup in the trigger area. Make sure your thoroughly rub the wax into the string and cables.

Lubricate the Crossbow Rail

You want to lubricate your rail so that your crossbow bolt has the least amount of friction possible.

Depending on the lubricant you choose, you will want to add 2 or 3 drops near the center of the rail and use your finger to evenly spread it across the entire rail surface. Make sure you use a lubricant that is designed specifically for this purpose.

Lubricate your Trigger Box & Exposed Bolts

To do this, you apply a couple drops of lubricant to your crossbow trigger box. Then check for any exposed bolts and apply a small amount of lubricant to them to help prevent corrosion. Then add some lube to any wheels or axles your crossbow may have. This will keep them operating smoothly.

Thoroughly Inspect EVERYTHING Before Use.

Never fire your crossbow before you inspect every part of it or your bolts.

Make sure there are no loose bolts or parts. Check to make sure the limbs are not cracked or twisted in any way. Lastly, make sure your crossbow bolts are straight and show no signs of splintering.

Check your Crossbow String Often

It is always a good idea to frequently check your string for wear or signs of separation. The most common wear spot for the string is in the center. If you see any sign of wear, immediately replace the string. Do not fire your crossbow with a worn string. It is a good idea to keep an extra string in your crossbow case.

The Crossbow Scope

Keep your crossbow scope clean. This is pretty self-explanatory. Just wipe it with any good lens cleaner and a lint free cloth.

Remove Dirt and Debris

A can of compressed air works great for this purpose. Use it to dislodge any debris in the nooks and crannies of your crossbow.

This step is usually done after a hunting trip and before applying any lubricant.

Tighten the Bolts

The stresses of firing your crossbow can cause some of your bolts to loosen over time. It is a good idea to check these before use and tighten any bolts that may need it.

There you go. Following the above steps will help you keep your crossbow in tip-top shape.