Post by daneowner on Sept 26, 2012 16:58:44 GMT -5
I called DNR with a question concerning the NEW crossbow license. I asked if a person could use a compound bow with this license if needed or a hunter decided too. The answer was NO the crossbow license is only valid for a crossbow. An archery license would be required to use any other type of bow during archery season. Seems odd cause during firearm season, any legal firearm, shotgun, ml, pcr etc can be used. Seems to me that this law needs to be changed.
you can thank the Indiana Bowhunters Association for that one.
It was several "hunting organizations" that were involved. All bowhunter dominated though..
It was a stalling diversionary tactice that backfired on them. They always said, "Get a license and then decide on where to put the crossbowers".They erroneously thought that the legislature had to approve the new license. That could take forever as it would be a new "tax".
Then IF the legislature did approve a new crossbow license then they would campaign to keep crossbows out of archery season as "they just cant be archery equipmnet as they are licensed differently".An Officer of the IBA messed up and posted that on an open public site.
One of my final emails (there was a bunch ) to the DNR and NRC I stated, " The anti-crossbowers want a crossbow license"? Fine, but put the crossbowers in the archery season AT THE SAME TIME". That is exactly what the DNR did and the NRC begrudgingly accepted it.
Having a crossbow licnes will do very little in:
1) Knowing how many deer hunters use one.
The DNR cant really tell any hunting tool useage since there are 60,000 or so lifetime license holders and no telling how many land owners who don't have to buy any license,. The DNR will still have to deopend on surverys to tell how many hunters use a crossbow,.
2) How many deer hunters kill with a crossbow.
The DNR cant get a percent kill rate as they dont know how many use the crossbow. Of course everyone has to declare what hutning tool they used when they check in a deer. A crossbow license will not change that,
3) Raise much extra money .
The only extra money that the DNR will get is from vertical archers swapping back and forth. Any new hunting archers (crossbow or vertical) is paying $24 no matter what the license says.
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Where the DNR may get a little extra money is if a resident hunter starts out with the crossbow and it breaks down, and wants to continue hunting with a bow, then it's another $24, but if they are out of state, then it would be another $150 to continue hunting. I agree, looks like the bundle is the best way to go. Except maybe for those that only want to harvest one deer.
Well, you know what they say about opinions............
In my opinion a rifle is a rifle, and you know what IDNR thinks about that!!
I'm not from Indiana, and have live here only about 8 years. But I'll say that Indiana has made quite a few changes in the hunting laws/rules since I have been here. This state seems more willing to make changes and be more responsive to hunters' suggestions and input than the state I came from (for better or worse).