New Law Allows Illinois Hunters to Use Crossbows During Archery Season

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner has approved a bill that will allow hunters to use crossbows during archery season.

Hunters can now use crossbows during the entire deer archery season, which is from Oct. 1, 2017-Jan. 14, 2018. Additionally, they can use crossbows during Illinois fall turkey archery season.

Previously, Illinois law allowed the use of crossbows for archery hunting by anyone over the age of 62. Also, those persons with disabilities who qualified for a crossbow permit issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Additionally, the previous law allowed certain youth hunters to use crossbows, and it allowed all archery hunters to use them beginning the Monday after the second firearm deer season. 

What do you think of crossbows as hunting weapons? Should they be allowed in archery seasons?

I personally think they're great, particularly for those who can't pull back a compound, as well as those just getting started in archery.

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