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Crossbow hunters in Wisconsin's archery deer season?

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.

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