Dan Salmon wrote:Then explain to me why this has been on the questionnaire for the past 8 years?
You are very much mistaken. A review of the last 8 years of CC statewide spring booklets tells us that full inclusion of crossbows in the WI archery deer season has not been asked every year for the last 8 years. It was not asked last year. There were questions asked about allowing crossbows for bear and turkey and other gun season (what the lesser weapons bill ultimately created) but nothing about full inclusion in the archery deer season.
The full inclusion of crossbows in the archery deer season was asked statewide in 2011 and failed.
Full inclusion of crossbow in the archery deer season was not asked statewide in 2010
Full inclusion of crossbow in the archery deer season was not asked statewide in 2009
Full inclusion of crossbow in the archery deer season was not asked statewide in 2008
It was asked statewide in 2007 and was again defeated.
Full inclusion of crossbow in the archery deer season was not asked statewide in 2006
It was asked statewide in 2005 and was again defeated.
That’s the last nine years. I don’t know where you are getting your data but you got some bad info. I don’t expect that you will believe me so I am linking the last 8 years for your review.http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html
Dan Salmon wrote: It hasn't been brought up by citizens every year for the past 8, the CC has also kept it alive.
Again you are quite wrong. In 2011 the CC was worried about its future with act 21 and the Governor and it feared for its own existence and they desperately needed to fill the seats of the spring hearings so the Big Game committee manufactured a crossbow question not born of a citizen resolution strictly to generate controversy in an attempt to boost attendance. It didn’t work and the question was shot down.
Dan Salmon wrote: The only way it goes away is if the public tires of it
We are at that point already. The public grows weary of the queation.
Dan Salmon wrote: or some group pulls an end around of the CC or the legislature steps in where there really isn't a problem and makes it their problem.
We have a winner. Look for this to be resolved by the legislature this year in a fantastic manner that puts this to bed once and for all and it wont include full inclusion of crossbows in the archery deer season. It will be part 2 of the lesser weapons bill that very cleverly (and was missed by the majority too concerned with other points in the bill to notice the big fish). Last year for the first time in WI, the statutory definition of what is a bow and what is a crossbow was passed into law. Prior to that, it was a DNR definition and up to them. Now it’s a matter for the legislature and out of the hands of the DNR (brilliant) The next phase is the solution to this squabble that puts an end to this. (more on that in the coming months)
Dan Salmon wrote: I doubt that the legislature will do anything on their own
If you care to make a wager I will gladly do so. Look for the solution before the fall.
Dan Salmon wrote: so it's anybody's guess as to what might be done.
I can assure you its not a guess.
Dan Salmon wrote: Either way, the sportsmen and women will end up with the short end, that, you can take to the bank.
Not at all, there is a well worded and fantastic solution to this whining and complaining by the crossbowers. Soon they will fall silent (its about time too)