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Hearing on using crossbows for deer hunting

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A Wisconsin Senate committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a bill to expand the use of crossbows by deer hunters. The Assembly unanimously passed the measure in June. It would let hunters of all legal ages and abilities use crossbows for hunting deer.

A separate license would be issued for crossbow hunting, with a season to run at the same time as the current archery season. The Senate Natural Resources Committee will hear testimony on Wednesday morning. If it’s endorsed, the full Senate could vote on the measure next month.

Several major groups support the bill including the N-R-A, the Hunters Rights Coalition, The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, and the state’s Crossbow Federation.