New York May Lower Bow Hunting Age Requirement
The New York legislature passed a bill that would lower the age requirement for new bowhunters from 14 to 12, on par with other states' age limits. The governor has yet to sign the bill, but if he does it would continue a trend of getting new hunters involved earlier with big game hunting in the state. The Times Herald-Record has a write up on the new legislation.
According to the bill as passed, a junior archery licensee who is 12 or 13 "shall not hunt deer or bear unless accompanied by his or her parent or legal guardian or other person at least 21 years of age." The parent or guardian must have at least three years experience hunting with a longbow, hold a big-game license and maintain "physical control over the minor," which includes the ability to give verbal directions and instructions, and "maintain constant visual contact and provide guidance and supervision to the minor."