quote:Originally posted by mjh: I will contact my legislators. In MN you can use a crossbow for turkey, bear, during the regular firearms season and with a disability permit during the archery season. Not enough for yea? The only reason the crossbow is defined as archery equipment is because of the ATA and the IRS, sure it my be law but... A crossbow is a crossbow... A bow and arrow is a bow and arrow.... I'm not aware of any time in the vast history of both weapon types that there was any confusion about which was archery and which was not. The ATA got their way and the IRS get the tax on gear. I for one will never consider a crossbow a piece of archery equipment. A crossbow is a crossbow. It is a stocked weapon that can be loaded with bolt in place and held indefinitely until a trigger is pulled. A bow and arrow works a little differently as we know. Hunt with what you like during the appropriate season, but don't try to pass off the use of a crossbow as a piece of archery equipment.
I like what some states did to define allowable muzzleloader accessories to keep it primitive. NO optics and NO premeasured powder. Sorry, but if the ammo is held back with a trigger, it ain't a bow.
Oh, and don't read into the Wisconsin vote on how EVERYONE is on board. The industry put it out there during development of the initial bill that it was to be a separate season, then changed the language to separate license within the existing archery season in the final. By then, they had the WBH committed to bend to the industries side and then industry pushed for the additional step for near full inclusion. See how they work things? Many people were plenty steamed. Oh, and during the hearing, some lady stood up and cried about how she 'needed' a crossbow to add more opportunity for her to hunt the regular archery season. The legislators just caved.
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