UPDATE: Thur 2:40 PM, Aug 22, 2013
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state Senate committee has passed a bill creating an open crossbow hunting season to run concurrently with the archery deer season in Wisconsin.
The Senate Natural Resources Committee passed the measure on a 4-1 vote Thursday. Democratic Sen. Mark Miller, who had expressed reservations about the measure at Wednesday's hearing, voted against it.
Miller said he was worried about the "magic" of bow hunting season being harmed with crossbows.
Currently, crossbow hunting is allowed only for those over age 65 and those with physical disabilities. The bill would allow hunters of all legal ages and of all physical abilities to use crossbows to hunt deer and other smaller animals including rabbits and coyotes.
The Senate could take up the bill as soon as next month.
ORIGINAL STORY: Mon 8:30 AM, Aug 19, 2013
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.
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