Crossbow Hunting Regulations in Wisconsin

Following is a reference resource on crossbow hunting regulations in the State of Wisconsin. We try to include all information that’s available to us, and which we were able to confirm through official online and offline channels. We do our best to ensure all references are valid and accurate, though we insist that you confirm what you read here and verify it personally, as we cannot be held legally responsible in case of any inaccuracies. The information below is only for your reference.

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Crossbow Hunting Regulations in Wisconsin

In June 2013, Bill AB 194 was introduced to make crossbows legal to unt with during entire archery season, based on a special crossbow permit. This bill, however, is not in effect yet, as it still has not been officially approved by the Senate, where a hearing on the matter is scheduled for August 2013. If and when the bill passes, those who already own an archery permit in Wisconsin, can receive a crossbow permit for a significantly reduced cost. A crossbow permit will only be obtainable by those who successfully complete bow hunter education classes or an equivalent. The bill will make it possible for crossbow owners to hunt for all game, except for Elk, Bear and Wild Turkey.

At the moment, only people with severe physical disabilities, as well as those 65 years or older, are allowed to hunt with a crossbow in Wisconsin. Once a permit is obtained, you will also receive deer and back tags.

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  1. I have witnessed someone using a crossbow in oconto on private land, an assisted living property too, maybe a half mile from Wayne’s family restaurant well after 5pm and well after dusk.

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