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031415_dsore_s1011_pollpicIn the March 8 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Outdoors Editor Paul Smith wrote:

“Deer hunters using crossbows in Wisconsin last year had a slightly higher success rate and were older than those using vertical bows.
In addition, the use of crossbows contributed to a record buck bow kill in 2014.”

Smith reports that crossbow hunters registered 15,768 bucks, compared with 30,433 bucks taken with vertical bows, and that the total buck harvest was 46,201, which topped the previous high of 45,988, recorded in 2012.

Smith quotes DNR wildlife bureau director Tom Hauge as saying, “When I stand back and look at the overall deer harvest, the 47,000 crossbow hunters didn’t change the overall trajectory of the season.”

In Michigan, where crossbows were legalized for all hunters in 2009, 49% of archery hunters used them. If that trend is matched here in Wisconsin, nearly half of archery hunters may be using crossbows in a few years.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/data-shows-impact-of-crossbows-on-2014-deer-hunt-b99457038z1-295504381.html




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One thought on “OUTDOORS RADIO POLL S1011

  1. Comment #5 | (NO) | Survey.Monkey
    (No comment, only email posted; INVALID ENTRY)
    3/21/2015 1:01 PM

    Comment #4 | (YES) | Survey.Monkey
    Letting physically capable people hunt with a crossbow is similar to kids getting participation awards just for showing up.
    3/17/2015 8:01 PM

    Comment #3 | (NO) | Survey.Monkey
    No, I went to a DMAP meeting a few days ago in Jefferson County and the DNR official told us that there really wasn’t much of a difference between bow/crossbow in deer harvest percentages from previous years. However, the DNR official stated that the buck harvest increased quiet a bit with the aid of crossbows which they (DNR) plan on keeping an eye on for the 2015 deer season.
    3/13/2015 6:29 PM

    Comment #2 | (YES) | Survey.Monkey
    crossbows should be used during the gun hunt only. They are not a true bow. They have taken the skill out
    3/13/2015 9:16 AM

    Comment #1 | (YES) | Survey.Monkey
    The ultimate poaching weapon has now gone main stream! We are selling our souls for commerce.
    3/13/2015 7:12 AM

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