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NEW INFORMATION: Wis. Senate passes bill creating crossbow season

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate has approved a bipartisan bill that would allow hunters to use crossbows during bow deer season.

Currently only physically disabled hunters or hunters over age 65 can use crossbows. The bill's supporters argue allowing open crossbow hunting would expand hunting opportunities, spare disabled hunters the required physical examination needed to get a permit and provide an economic boost to the hunting industry.

Some bow hunters worry allowing crossbows, which operate with a trigger-pull like rifles, would taint traditional bow hunting.

The bill has passed on a voice vote by the Senate on Tuesday includes a two-year pilot program for open crossbow hunting starting next year. It now heads back to the Assembly, which passed a nearly identical version of the proposal unanimously in June.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is set to pass a Republican bill that would ensure local governments can't restrict bow and crossbow hunting.

Current state law prohibits local governments from restricting hunting, fishing and trapping unless the prohibition furthers public health and safety.

The bill would prohibit local governments from adopting any restrictions barring bow and crossbow hunting. The locals could prohibit bow and crossbow hunting within 100 yards of a building and on government land, however. They also could require hunters to fire their arrows and bolts toward the ground.

The bill would leave the state's current prohibition on hunting with 1,700 feet of a hospital, school or mental hospital in place.

The state Assembly passed the bill in June. The Senate is expected to take it up Tuesday.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate is set to approve a bipartisan bill that would allow hunters to use crossbows during bow deer season.

Currently only physically disabled hunters or hunters over age 65 can use crossbows. The bill's supporters argue allowing open crossbow hunting would expand hunting opportunities, spare disabled hunters the required physical examination needed to get a permit and provide an economic boost to the hunting industry.

The measure easily cleared the Assembly on a 95-0 vote in June. But Some bow hunters worry allowing crossbows, which operate with a trigger-pull like rifles, would taint traditional bow hunting.

Sen. Paul Farrow has proposed amending the bill to create a two-year pilot program for open crossbow hunting starting next year.

The Senate is expected to take up the bill Tuesday.


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