Here is a brief, at-a-glance overview of crossbow regulations and prospects across the United States and Canada.
Please note that laws can change at any time, especially as more jurisdictions open crossbow hunting opportunities.
As always, consult local rules and regs often for up-to-date details, as requirements may vary between hunts and areas, even within the same jurisdiction.
Current as of May 21, 2013.
Know before you go!
Update to Kansas regs — Crossbows are now part of the legal archery equipment, which means they are legal equipment during any season. Anyone with a permit valid during an archery season may hunt during that season with a crossbow. Before hunting big game and turkey with a crossbow all hunters must first obtain a free Crossbow Survey ID Number. The number is available through any KDWPT office and online through the KDWPT website.