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Senate approves special crossbow hunt

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - All hunters could take part in a special crossbow season each fall, under a bill passed by the Wisconsin Senate Tuesday.  

It would run at the same time as the traditional bow and arrow season from mid-September through November or early December. 

Monona Democrat Mark Miller, who's a bow hunter, cast the only no vote. He said crossbows have the potential to taint the archery season, and he wanted part of the season to be for traditional bow and arrow hunting only. 

Miller said crossbows are more like shotguns, in which triggers are used to release the arrows. 

Right now, they're only allowed for disabled hunters and those over 65. The new bill would allow all eligible hunters to use crossbows to shoot deer and smaller animals. 

Supporters say it would create more hunting opportunities, and encourage more people to go out hunting.

The bill was approved by the Assembly in June. It's going back there to ratify some amendments.

Also, the Senate voted to ban local governments from restricting bow and arrow hunting, except within 1,700 feet of a hospital or school, and within 100 yards of government buildings.

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