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August 17, 2010

MADISON - Beginning this fall, non-resident senior citizens will have the same privileges as Wisconsin residents for hunting a number of game species with a crossbow.

A bill passed by the state legislature which took effect on Feb. 26, 2010, allows non-resident senior citizens to use a crossbow to hunt turkey, bear, and small game with a crossbow under the authority of the appropriate license.

Last year, the legislature granted non-residents age 65 and older the privilege to use a crossbow for hunting deer and small game under the authority of a archery license, the same as state residents.

"These changes make the laws regarding use of crossbows by senior citizens the same for both residents and non-residents for hunting all species," said Tom Van Haren, DNR conservation warden, Madison.

If a person is not age 65, they must hold an appropriate disabled hunting permit which authorizes them to use a crossbow, he added.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Tom Van Haren at 608-266-3244.

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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