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UPDATE: Walker signs bill creating new crossbow season

UPDATED Thursday, December 12, 2013 --- 9:46 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that creates a new open crossbow season to run concurrently with the archery deer season.

Crossbow hunting had been allowed only for those over age 65 and those with physical disabilities. Under the new law, hunters of all legal ages and physical abilities can use crossbows to hunt deer and other smaller animals including rabbits and coyotes.

The crossbow season will be the same as the archery deer season, which runs from mid-September until the end of November or beginning of December, depending on the year.

Creating the new crossbow season ran into some opposition from traditional bow-and-arrow hunters who worried that allowing a crossbow would taint archery hunting.

Walker signed the bill on Tuesday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Tuesday, September 17, 2013 --- 4:41 p.m.

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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Tuesday, September 17, 2013 --- 9:34 a.m.

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.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 21, 2013 --- 10:30 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Crossbow hunting would be allowed during the archery deer season in Wisconsin under a bill that's moving forward in the state Legislature.

The measure easily cleared the Assembly on a unanimous 95-0 vote in June. But it ran into problems in the Senate, where a committee didn't meet to take it up until Wednesday.

The newly reworked version of the proposal would create a 2-year pilot program for an open crossbow hunting season starting in 2014 so the state Department of Natural Resources could study the impact on the deer herd and make any necessary changes.

After that 2-year period the crossbow hunting season would remain in law unless the Legislature voted to do away with it.

The Senate Natural Resources Committee was scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, August 19, 2013 --- 8:51 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin Senate committee is scheduled to consider a bill that would expand crossbow use by deer hunters.

The measure up for a hearing Wednesday easily passed the Assembly on a unanimous vote in June. The full Senate could pass it next month. It would need to be signed by Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law.

The bipartisan measure would create a crossbow license and a crossbow season to run concurrent with the archery deer season. It would allow hunters of all legal ages and of all physical abilities to use crossbows to hunt deer in the state.

The measure is supported by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Crossbow Federation, National Rifle Association and Hunters Rights Coalition.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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