The Wisconsin Senate Natural Resources Committee will hold a public hearing next Wednesday, August 21, on a bill of importance to sportsmen and hunters in the Badger State, Assembly Bill 194. This public hearing was originally scheduled for today. AB 194, sponsored by state Representative Mary Czaja (R-35), would allow all hunters to use a crossbow during the big game archery season. This bill would help increase hunter participation and preserve Wisconsin’s rich hunting heritage.
AB 194 passed unanimously in the state Assembly in June, but your help is needed to ensure its passage in the state Senate! Please attend this public hearing next Wednesday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m. in the State Capitol located at 300 Southeast in Madison and testify in SUPPORT of AB 194.
If you are unable to attend, please contact members of the state Senate Natural Resources Committee listed below and urge them to support this important pro-hunting legislation.
Experience in other states has shown that allowing the unqualified use of crossbows helps retain and recruit hunters. At a time when hunter numbers are declining, nothing is more important. Retention of older hunters with diminished physical capabilities is especially critical. If allowed to use crossbows, these hunters will remain in the field years longer than they otherwise would if restricted to vertical bows only. As a result, they would be more likely to recruit more family and friends into Wisconsin’s ranks of hunters. For youngsters who do not yet possess the physical strength to use a vertical bow, crossbows would allow them to go afield earlier and create more lifelong archery hunters.
In addition, experience in other states shows that archer success rates do not increase with the use of a crossbow as compared to a vertical bow. The goal of all hunters should be to increase participation because greater hunter numbers in the future will bolster defenses against the political attacks initiated by anti-hunting extremists and ensure the continuation of Wisconsin’s hunting heritage.
Senate Natural Resources Committee:
Senator Neal Kedzie (R-11) – Chairman
Senator Terry Moulton (R-23) – Vice-Chairman
Senator Thomas Tiffany (R-12)
Senator Mark Miller (D-16)
Senator Robert Wirch (D-22)