A crossbow bill overshadowed on a busy day in the assembly last week is being touted by our area representative.
The bill, authored by Mary Czaja, would expand the use of crossbows during the deer hunting season.
Currently crossbows are only available for those 65 and older or for those with a disability. Assembly bill 194, if signed into law would lift the current age and disability restrictions on crossbow use, and establish a season to run concurrently to the traditional archery season.
Currently 29 states have more lenient crossbow restrictions than Wisconsin.
Czaja says of the bipartisan bill, “Crossbow use creates additional opportunities for both young and aging hunters to remain in the woods, and removes the onerous proof of disability requirements.”
She added that it could benefit on the business side as well, with an increased demand to meet for crossbow manufacturers and retailers statewide.
In the end, the bill passed the assembly with rare unanimous support 95-0. It will now head to the senate where it will likely pass.