I should also point out that it has been legal for a very long time to hunt small game with archery gear, no archery license needed.
The season overlaps with Archery Deer.
How many hunters have been cited for hunting deer without an archery tag while out chasing rabbits with a bow/crossbow and not illegally killed a deer? (Serious question.)
Or conversely, the small game hunter out with a shotgun, who also happens to hold an archery license, getting cited for carrying a firearm during archery season?