New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has made it easier for crossbow hunters to do more hunting.

The DEC has made final rule changes that will permit crossbows to be used to hunt not just big game like deer and bear but smaller game such as wild turkey.  DEC officials say the rule changes are a combination of changes approved by the legislature as well as an interest from crossbow hunters to hunt a wider variety of game.  They say crossbow hunting has become much more popular in recent years, and provides an excellent alternative to bow hunting for those who don't have the arm strength to operate a traditional compound bow.

Officials say all hunting must be done in accordance with DEC regulations.