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Bill would expand crossbow hunting in state

Published On: Aug 21 2013 10:47:34 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 21 2013 10:47:57 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

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.

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