Crossbow Hunting Status in all 50 States

Discussion in 'General Crossbow Discussion' started by XBowAdmin, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. XBowAdmin

    XBowAdmin <- Brad -> C/P Staff

    As of this writing (01/27/2014), we believe the following to be up to date and current for where the use of a crossbow for hunting is and is not permitted and under what circumstances. Please make sure you check with the appropriate state resource/agency to ensure compliance with the laws. If you see anything incorrect, please post up and we will adjust as needed.
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    Alabama (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all persons during the entire deer hunting season.
    www.outdooralabama.com

    Alaska (Yes, Legal)
    You may use a crossbow in any hunt that does not restrict/exlude weapons. Scopes and other optics are not permitted.
    www.state.ak.us

    Arizona (Partial, Legal for Disabled Hunters only)
    Crossbows are legal only by permit for disabled hunters.
    www.gf.state.az.us

    Arkansas (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows are not allowed for taking elk.
    www.agfc.com

    California (Partial, Legal for Disabled Hunters only)
    Crossbows may not be used, except with a Disabled Archer Permit.
    www.dfg.ca.gov

    Colorado (Partial, see below)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters during gun seasons and for handicapped hunters during archery season.
    www.dnr.state.co.us

    Connecticut (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows are legal archery equipment.
    www.dep.state.ct.us

    Delaware (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows may be equipped with a scope. Check with state regulations for additional details.
    www.dnrec.state.de.us

    Florida (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows may be equipped with a scope. Check with state regulations for additional details.
    http://myfwc.com

    Georgia (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal in all seasons.
    www.gohuntgeorgia.com

    Hawaii (Partial, Legal for Disabled Hunters only)
    Crossbows legal by disabled permit only.
    www.hawaii.gov/dlnr

    Idaho (Yes, Legal)
    You can hunt with a crossbow without any other permit besides your hunting license and proper tag.
    www.fishandgame.idaho.gov

    Illinois (Partial, Legal for Disabled Hunters & hunters over 62 years old)
    Crossbows are legal for disabled hunters by permit and hunters over the age of 62. See state regulations for details.
    www.dnr.state.il.us

    Indiana (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows can be used during the entire archery season
    www.in.gov/dnr

    Iowa (Partial, Legal for Disabled Hunters & hunters 70 years of age and older)
    Crossbows are allowed for disabled hunters, with permit and residents whom are age 70 and older may purchase a slicense to hunt with a crossbow. See state regulations for further details.
    www.iowadnr.com

    Kansas (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters during archery deer seasons.
    www.kdwp.state.ks.us

    Kentucky (Partial, with many stipulations)
    See state regulations for further details, too many details to list here.
    http://fw.ky.gov

    Louisiana (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters during archery deer seasons.
    http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/regulations

    Maine (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    www.maine.gov/ifw/

    Maryland (Yes, Legal with restrictions)
    Crossbows may be used to hunt deer only. Special crossbow permits can be issued for disabled hunters who may pursue all legal game for a vertical bow.
    www.dnr.state.md.us

    Massachusetts (Partial, Legal for Disabled Hunters only)
    Crossbows are allowed only for disabled hunters with permit.
    www.masswildlife.org

    Michigan (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    See full regulations for relevant crossbow hunting details.
    www.michigan.gov/dnr

    Minnesota (Partial, Legal for Disabled Hunters & over age 60)
    Crossbows are allowed only for disabled hunters, with a permit, and for those aged 60 & over.
    www.dnr.state.mn.us

    Mississippi (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters. Archer's are required to wear hunter orange during all gun seasons.
    home.mdwfp.com

    Missouri (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows are allowed during spring turkey season, Regular firearm season, and "alternate methods" season (basically muzzleloader season)
    www.mdc.mo.gov

    Montana (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows are allowed during firearms hunting season only.
    http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting

    Nebraska (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    www.ngpc.state.ne.us

    Nevada (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows are allowed during firearms hunting season only.
    www.ndow.org/hunt/

    New Hampshire (Yes, Legal, with some restrictions)
    Crossbows are allowed during firearms hunting season with a crossbow hunting permit and for all hunters on Long Island with a Long Island deer permit. Disabled hunters may use a crossbow without purchasing a crossbow permit.
    www.wildlife.state.nh.us

    New Jersey (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    www.njfishandwildlife.com

    New Mexico (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all, hunting for cougar, bear, deer, elk, pronghorn, javelina, Barbary sheep, persian ibex, oryx, turkey, and bighorn sheep. See state regulations for further details on optics.
    www.wildlife.state.nm.us

    New York (Legal)
    The use of crossbows is permitted for hunting in the state of New York, with certain specifications (please see link below). However, crossbows may not be used for hunting in Suffolk, Nassau, or Westchester counties.
    http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/68802.html

    North Carolina (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    www.ncwildlife.org

    North Dakota (Yes, Legal, with restrictions)
    Crossbows are allowed during rifle hunting season only.
    www.gf.nd.gov

    Ohio (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    www.dnr.state.oh.us

    Oklahoma (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters. See state regulations for full details.
    www.wildlifedepartment.com

    Oregon (No, Illegal)
    Crossbows are illegal.
    www.dfw.state.or.us

    Pennsylvania (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    www.pgc.state.pa.us

    Rhode Island (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    www.dem.ri.gov

    South Carolina (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    www.dnr.sc.gov

    South Dakota (Partial, Legal for Disabled Hunters only)
    Crossbows are allowed only for disabled hunters, with a permit.
    www.state.**.us

    Tennessee (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    www.state.tn.us/twra

    Texas (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters. See regulations for any county exception.
    www.tpwd.state.tx.us

    Utah (Partial, Legal for Disabled Hunters only)
    Crossbows are allowed only for disabled hunters, with a permit.
    www.wildlife.utah.gov

    Vermont (Partial, Legal for Disabled Hunters only)
    Crossbows are allowed only for disabled hunters, with a permit.
    www.vtfishandwildlife.com

    Virginia (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    www.dgif.state.va.us

    Washington (Yes, Legal, with restrictions)
    Crossbows are legal during modern season in firearms restricted areas but not statewide. As of 2013, crossbows with scopes are now permitted. Persons with a disability permit may use crossbows during the archery season. Check with the state for regulation details and clarifications.
    http://wdfw.wa.gov

    West Virginia (Yes Legal)
    Crossbows are allowed only for disabled hunters, with a permit.
    www.wvdnr.gov

    Wisconsin (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    www.dnr.state.wi.us

    Wyoming (Yes, Legal)
    Crossbows legal for all hunters.
    http://gf.state.wy.us
     
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  2. 12 Ring

    12 Ring Member

    Andy I believe if you check R.I. now allows all persons to use a crossbow as of 2013 season.
     
  3. Andy

    Andy Publisher C/P Staff

    I took this off their abstract 2013


    Crossbows are now Approved for use by all archery hunters during
    the Archery deer season September 15 to January 31, provided the
    hunter has successfully completed the Bow Hunter education
    course or otherwise qualifies for an Archery deer permit.

    9. The use of crossbow for hunting wild turkey or any wild bird is
    prohibited by law (RIGL 20-14-7)

    10. Special permits are no longer required to hunt with the crossbow or
    to use any adaptive aid for vertical held archery hunting equipment
    including those previously required for disabled hunters.

    Thanks Mike for the heads up
     
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  4. lovelight

    lovelight New Member

    In the state of Washington, crossbows are legal during modern season in firearms restricted areas but not statewide. As of 2013, crossbows with scopes are now permitted. Persons with a disability permit may use crossbows during the archery season.

    The number of firearms restricted areas is growing. I hope things brings more awareness about crossbow hunting in my state as there are very few places that sell/service them and effectively none that I would call "pro shops".
     
  5. bigrak

    bigrak Member

    Maine is (Partial, Legal for Disabled Hunters only)


    Curious where the above list came from?
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2014
  6. XBowAdmin

    XBowAdmin <- Brad -> C/P Staff

    It was a hybrid of gathering from a number of places. It, for sure, is not completely accurate, but I did check about half of them on the state websites.

    Corrected the ones noted in this thread.
     
  7. Dogzlife

    Dogzlife New Member

    Minnesota now legal age 60 and over.
     
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  8. Oppie

    Oppie Active Member

    Gotta love Ny, allow em for a while then ban em poop:

    I'm only 15 min from "upstate" Ny, guess where I won't be hunting.
     
  9. OldschoolBH

    OldschoolBH Member

    I just had a brain fart. I know it wouldn't be the same as direct data from any particular sate's .gov website but maybe create a hunting update and regulations for crossbow/archer file for each state and members that live in that particular state could add information and or laws/regulations changes as we become aware.
    Maybe create form fields to keep the data congruent as much as possible. Just thunking.
     
  10. ClintRhodes

    ClintRhodes Member

    Missouri allows crossbows during spring turkey season, Regular firearm season, and "alternate methods" season (basically muzzleloader season).

    It's looking more and more like they will be full inclusive starting Fall 2016 though.
     
  11. XBowAdmin

    XBowAdmin <- Brad -> C/P Staff

    I will make the update, thanks!
     
  12. Buckstop515

    Buckstop515 Member

    I believe you might want to check NewYork I believe they are legal as of fall of 2014
     
  13. XBowAdmin

    XBowAdmin <- Brad -> C/P Staff

    Updated. Thanks. Forgot to do that one last Fall, was too busy hunting.
     
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  16. Andy

    Andy Publisher C/P Staff

    Thanks updated...
     

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