Update 12/17/2013 Crossbows Now Legal in Wisconsin 2014
Wisconsin Crossbow bill AB 194 passes the Assembly and moves on to the Senate
On Thursday June 6, the Wisconsin Assembly passed AB 194, to create Crossbow Hunting Licenses –
CREATE CROSSBOW HUNTING LICENSES
AYES – 95 NAYS – 0 NOT VOTING – 4 PAIRED – 0
Wow, I did not expect a unanimous vote. Is this what happens when special interest groups stand down? The Wisconsin Bowhunters who were the opposition lobbyists and the NRA who are the proponents of hunter freedom and choice agreed to not lobby for or against crossbill bill 194, the Senate’s version or the Governor’s signature. So the legislators were left to hear from their constituents without any group lobbying. This demonstrates that there is widespread support for crossbow hunting that cuts across party lines all across the state of Wisconsin. It will be interesting to see the how the Senate vote goes.
Assuming this crossbow bill AB 194 becomes law in Wisconsin bow hunters will have a chance to try a crossbow while deer hunting for their first time. They’ll find there is a “crossbow” learning curve. Hunting with a crossbow is the same yet different than a regular bow. Many bow hunters have heard the stories and claims made about crossbows being so much easier than current legal archery, it will be interesting to talk with those first time hunters about their perceptions verses actual experience. I for one can’t wait.