Archery deer hunting is allowed on four areas of Bombay Hook. No advance reservations are required. Bombay Hook does not participate in the crossbow season; however, a crossbow can be used when appropriate as a lesser weapon during a firearm hunt or if a hunter has obtained a crossbow permit from the state.
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Birds of prey, or raptors are specifically suited to their lives as hunters. Their strong legs and powerful grasping feet with sharp talons help them catch and kill prey. Hooked bills help tear the meat. Hawks, falcons, eagles and owls are an important part of the balance of nature because they help keep insect and rodent populations in check.
The winter is a good time to look for a variety of raptors. Northern harriers fly over the salt marsh and fields. Look for the eastern screech owl sitting in the hole of a wood duck box. Bald eagles, red-tailed and Cooper's hawks can be spotted on tree branches.