Bill passes allowing crossbows for entire archery season

A controversial bill that will open up the entire archery season to crossbows passed both Houses on Sunday during the General Assembly’s special session.

House Bill 2893, which was opposed by bowhunting groups in the state, was originally filed by Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Smithton, in February.

Language of the bill “Provides that any person may use a crossbow to take wildlife during the appropriate archery season. Effective immediately.”

Previously, crossbows were allowed for anyone 62 years of age and older, or for hunters with a handicap.

In 2012, a new law allowed any hunter to use a crossbow for the second half of the archery season – from the second Monday following Thanksgiving through the end of the archery hunting seasons.

Read more about the new law in the July 14 issue of Illinois Outdoor News.

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