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State Senate committee to take up revised bill expanding crossbow hunting

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state Senate committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on a revised bill to allow crossbow hunting during the fall archery deer season in Wisconsin.

The measure passed the Assembly 95-0 in June – but it ran into opposition in the Senate, where a public hearing was scheduled Wednesday on a scaled-down version.

It calls for a pilot program for an open crossbow season in 2014 and ’15, so the DNR can determine how the season affects the size of the deer herd. Necessary changes could be made during that time.

And in 2016, the crossbow hunt would stay in effect unless the full Legislature votes to eliminate it. 

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