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State Senate passes crossbow bill Submitted: 09/19/2013
Story By Dan McKinney

MADISON - Starting next year deer hunters may have a new way to hunt.

The State Senate approved a bill that would allow hunters to start using crossbows for the 2014 hunting season.

The Assembly and Governor Walker still have to approve it. Right now, only senior citizens and handicapped hunters are allowed to use crossbows.

"It's a way to increase opportunity for folks that, for whatever reason, might not be able to draw or aim a traditional bow," said DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz. "As long as it gives people a secure shot and a good clean kill, and gives them a chance to get out in the woods and enjoy hunting, the department is definitely in favor of increasing opportunities for everyone."

Some people argue allowing crossbows will lead to overcrowding in the woods.

"I see no problem with it. I think if we get more people out there or we give them more options, and give them a good way to kill a deer, and participate in the hunt why wouldn't we want to do that," said Holtz.

Crossbows would only be allowed during the bow hunting season.


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