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#6852754 - 08/11/17 09:10 AM Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed
Bobcat4119 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/16
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Loc: NE Texas
Someone please tell me if it is legal to hunt the state of Texas with a crossbow "for white tail" without an upper limb disability. I've ALWAYS been told and heard that you have to have a disability to hunt deer with one but have been in a debate with a co-worker that states the law changed and he can hunt wherever he pleases with a crossbow. I've read the law but of course "he was told by a GW that he could" LOL

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#6852785 - 08/11/17 09:32 AM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bobcat4119]
cheetah577 Offline
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Loc: Dallas, TX
From TPW website:
Crossbow
Important notice: Crossbows are lawful for any person during the Archery-Only Open Season in all counties except Collin, Dallas, Grayson and Rockwall counties, where no person may use a crossbow to hunt deer during the Archery-Only Open Season (Oct. 1 - Nov. 4, 2016) unless the person has an upper-limb disability and has in immediate possession a physician's statement that certifies the extent of the disability. An upper-limb disability is a permanent loss of the use of fingers, hand, or arm in a manner that renders the person incapable of using a longbow, compound bow, or recurved bow.

Any person, regardless of physical ability, may use a crossbow to hunt game animals or game birds in any county, including Collin, Dallas, Grayson and Rockwall counties, during a general open season or Eastern spring turkey season.

An archery endorsement is required to hunt deer during the Archery-Only Open Season. An archery endorsement is required to hunt deer at any time in Collin, Dallas, Grayson and Rockwall counties, including during the general open season (Nov. 5, 2016 - Jan.1, 2017).

A crossbow is lawful for game animals and game birds, provided:

the crossbow has a minimum pull of 125 pounds;
the crossbow has a mechanical safety; and
the crossbow stock is not less than 25 inches in length.
Telescopic sights are lawful.
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#6852814 - 08/11/17 09:56 AM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bobcat4119]
Bobcat4119 Offline
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Registered: 09/22/16
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Loc: NE Texas
So no, right? It clearly states you have top have a disability to hunt deer with a crossbow!

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#6852830 - 08/11/17 10:08 AM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bobcat4119]
kmon1 Online   content
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Registered: 09/27/06
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Loc: Texas
Bobcat your friend is correct.

read that again. Any person with a license and archery endorsement can use a crossbow during archery season unless in Dallas, Collin, Grayson or Rockwall counties. For those 4 counties. You can use a crossbow in those 4 counties during the general (GUN) season without an upper limb disability.

It has been that way for about 8 years if I recall correctly.

There are numerous states where crossbows are legal for hunting during arhery. Cabela's website has a nie map for those.

http://www.cabelas.com/category/Crossbow-Regulations/107361180.uts.



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#6852933 - 08/11/17 11:45 AM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bobcat4119]
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Originally Posted By: Bobcat4119
So no, right? It clearly states you have top have a disability to hunt deer with a crossbow!


Not correct. It's completely legal in every county except for those few mentioned. And even in those 4, it's legal during gun season.
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#6852978 - 08/11/17 12:27 PM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bobcat4119]
Bobcat4119 Offline
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Welllllllll hell.

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#6853009 - 08/11/17 12:51 PM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bobcat4119]
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Originally Posted By: Bobcat4119
Welllllllll hell.


Time for a crossbow? peep
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#6853076 - 08/11/17 02:14 PM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Originally Posted By: Bobcat4119
Welllllllll hell.


Time for a crossbow? peep


That's why I got one.
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#6853110 - 08/11/17 03:00 PM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bobcat4119]
Bobcat4119 Offline
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LOL I refuse. Not until I'm 75 or so.

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#6853119 - 08/11/17 03:11 PM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bobcat4119]
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Originally Posted By: Bobcat4119
LOL I refuse. Not until I'm 75 or so.


You tear both your rotator cuffs at the same time and you'll begin to see the light. grin
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#6860288 - 08/18/17 12:27 AM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bobcat4119]
Bownhead Offline
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It's legal now. TPW discounted input from hundreds of bowhunters and went with crossbow companies to allow it. It's not archery but they are allowed in the season real aRchers fought for.

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#6860543 - 08/18/17 10:13 AM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bownhead]
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Originally Posted By: Bownhead
TPW discounted input from hundreds of bowhunters and went with crossbow companies to allow it. It's not archery but they are allowed in the season real aRchers fought for.


bs


Edited by Palehorse (08/18/17 10:14 AM)
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#6860588 - 08/18/17 10:49 AM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bobcat4119]
Bobcat4119 Offline
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With that being said, does anyone have a good youth crossbow I could buy for my son?? LOL, the ONLY positive I get from this realization is that I now have an option for my 6 year old to hunt with me more!

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#6860794 - 08/18/17 01:52 PM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bownhead]
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Originally Posted By: Bownhead
It's legal now. TPW discounted input from hundreds of bowhunters and went with crossbow companies to allow it. It's not archery but they are allowed in the season real aRchers fought for.


What difference does it make to you? It doesn't take away anything from your bow season experience, and I think anything that gets more people excited about hunting the better.
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#6861049 - 08/18/17 06:10 PM Re: Law Clarifacation for Crossbows Needed [Re: Bobcat4119]
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Originally Posted By: Bobcat4119
With that being said, does anyone have a good youth crossbow I could buy for my son?? LOL, the ONLY positive I get from this realization is that I now have an option for my 6 year old to hunt with me more!


Look at the Parker challenger II. Youth sized and light weigth
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