Legislative Update on the Proposed Expansion of the Crossbow Season
UBK IS IN NEED OF YOUR HELP. THE CROSSBOW ISSUE HAS COME UP AGAIN AND WE NEED YOU TO LET THE LRC SUBCOMMITTEE KNOW THAT YOU ARE OPPOSED TO ANY EXPANSION OF CROSSBOW BEYOND WHAT IS CURRENTLY IN PLACE. ALSO WE NEED TO SEND MARK CRAMER WHO IS WITH KDFWR A LETTER FOR THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND LET HIM KNOW THAT WE ARE OPPOSED TO EXPANSION OF ANY CROSSBOW SEASON. Letter should be submitted by February 25, 2019.
Those pushing for the expansion of the crossbow season have successfully kept this as an emotional issue by saying that if you are opposed to it that you hate the handicapped and veterans...and that we do not have the right to tell someone else what they can do.
This issue should be decided on the logical evidence that is based on weapon specific efficiency...guns are more efficient...therefore the gun season is shorter than bow season...crossbows, by the admission of the crossbow manufacturers can hit a Dixie cup at 100 yards. Does it make sense to allow crossbows during the entire archery season? Common sense should tell us that this is not a good idea.
Reasons to Keep a Bow Only Season
*National Archery in the Schools Program: Very effective at recruiting young people to the sport we all hold so dear. Would you rather have 17% of 2.4 million student archers taking up bow-hunting or having zero archers contributing zip to the future of hunting, because there is no Bow Only season. The survey shows that 77% of the NASP students are new to archery and potential new hunters. This remains an important premise of NASP. NASP instills archery skills in the kids and they seek to use them. NASP recent survey shows that 33% want to experience bow-hunting. Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife has an incentive for the student using the same equipment they use for NASP to join the sport of hunting with the bow only season that is offered today. See Roy Grimes article in the P&Y Ethic vol.46, no. 1 & 2017 NASP Survey.
*Scholastic 3D Archery, founded by Jennie Richardson, operates programs nationwide. This program has lots of energy, enthusiasm and sense of urgency. Jack Bowman, president of Bear Archery says, “Introducing youths to archery fundamentals, and teaching them the principles of marksmanship and fair chase is vital to growing archery as a sport.” He believes Scholastic 3-D Archery’s Clear Path Initiative accomplishes all that and more. S3-DA archers can also shoot a variety of equipment, including compounds, Olympic recurves and traditional bows. “After shooting in our program, our students want to hunt,” said Richardson.
*KDFWR defines a bow (301KAR2:172) as a long bow, recurve bow, or compound bow incapable of holding an arrow at full or partial draw without aid from the archer.
*The League of KY Sportsmen, which represents all hunters and fishermen in KY, supports a bow only season. Past by unanimous vote by LKS Board December 1, 2012 and a Resolution proposed and passed by the membership at the LKS convention June 6, 2009. Both ask the KDFWR to always provide a bow only season for big game.
*The bow only season of KY, not only gives the sportsmen and women an incentive to hunt with a bow, but also challenges them to learn more about the wildlife he/she pursues. Most Bowhunters admit that they spend more time watching and learning the habits of big game while waiting for the game to get in range. At close range (under 50 yds) the game being pursued has a greater chance at eluding the hunter as they try to draw the bow.
*KDFWR has a history of sound conservation practices and that is appreciated. The department has always provided a season length based on the proficiency of the method of take. Therefore, the use of the bow and arrow has always had the longest season. Bow hunting is a close range sport, requiring more time afield to be successful. Ever since the bow was recognized for hunting, bowhunters have gained a respect from the hunting and non-hunting public alike for fair chase and “Hunting the Hard Way”.
*The Future of Bowhunting: Will bowhunting remain the close range, challenging sport it is today? The sportsmen of KY believe it should. KDFWR has a great bow season now and it can be better. There are many products that make bowhunting easier, but that is not what bowhunting is about. Bowhunting is a welcome challenge now and with good management by the KDFWR will be more exciting in the future.
April 23, 2018