Actually in true WON fashion, they got it wrong. I don’t expect you to believe so I have included the link to the video of the testimony as well as the transcript. Also, the story says that the chair read the names of 29 people that registered in support of the bill, it was actually 39 people and orgs in favor and only 2 people opposed. The level of support was huge.
This will help you understand the truth vs the WON version they want to sell.http://www.wiseye.org/Programming/Video ... spx?cm=204
01.18.12 | Assembly Committee on Natural Resources (Part 1 of 2)
12:15 of the testimony.(Rep. Litjens)
“Thank you so much got your testimony today. I have a question [my husband is a bowhunter] And he concurs with your synopsis of not allowing crossbow during the archery season but have you seen crossbows perhaps as an entry to bowhunting [the manual bowhunting ] Do you see people crossing over if we were to encourage this during the regular hunting seasons in the state of Wisconsin where it might increase the number of archers in the state?”(Ron Kulas)
"Right now there is no impediment………………… I guess you’re talking about youth when you’re talking about recruitment?”(Rep. Litjens)
“Youth and women”(Ron Kulas)
“OK, Right now there is no impediment in the state of Wisconsin to hunting. Wisconsin has small game, turkey, bear, deer………….. A wide variety of available hunting seasons and species to hunt. I don’t think there are women or children that are sitting on the couch going, “I would really like to take up hunting in the state of Wisconsin but there just isn’t a weapon for me yet. “
They’ve got a wide range of weapons and seasons available to them so I don’t think that the voice of the people that says “we don’t approve of crossbows in the archery deer season is an impediment to recruitment”
Sounds like a direct answer with some additional background to me and the answer is NO! She and the committee understood even if WON didnt.
FYI Organizations supporting the bill at the hearing that day (others since have join in support)
The WI Bear hunters association
WI chapters of Safari Club International
Grant County sportsman’s alliance
Game Getters Sportsmen’s club
Bigfoot archers Inc.
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
as well as a several farming interests including
the pork producers association
the potato and vegetable growers association
The cranberry industry
Assembly Rep. Gary Tauchen
As well as State Senator Schultz.
Only one org registered in opposition and it was the Wisconsin crossbow club. The purpose for the hearing is to gauge public support or opposition for the bill in question. The level of support was pretty clear.
Also, WON had a huge number of people to interview in favor of the bill. They chose to do only one interview and it was with a guy who opposed thw bill. Go figure.
I need to thank Dan for bringing this up so the error in WON could be corrected. Thanks Dan. Its almost like your working for us.