Crossbow hunters could be taking part in Wisconsin's archery deer season.

The bill unanimously cleared the Assembly in June, but was just taken up at a senate committee.

It creates a two year pilot program starting next year so the DNR can study the impact it has on the deer population.

A local archery expert says it will give people with bad shoulders a chance to get back into the hunt, but he says crossbows do have some drawbacks. "The main benefit would be that you get away with a lot less motion when you pull up on the deer to make a shot, the downside is you're probably only going to get one shot," said Jeff Kostuch from Monsoor's Sporting Shop in La Crosse.

A senate committee is expected to vote on the bill Thursday.