For wildlife biologists, increased hunting puts many more eyes and ears into the wilderness. Those who enjoy the outdoors, for example, are often the first to report disturbances involving invasive species or diseased flora.
Beyond that, hunting provides exercise, enjoyment and an efficient, low-cost source of meat. Eating wild game instead of meat produced on a farm is one of the most effective ways people can reduce their carbon footprint – not to mention providing one’s family with nutritious, tasty meals free from chemical additives.
Since Cuomo’s veto wasn’t the result of any opposition to crossbow hunting on his part, it’s reasonable toassume he’ll bring the season back if lawmakers give him a good bill to sign. And given the many ways crossbow hunting benefits the state, it would be a shame if they didn’t.