Dan Salmon wrote: Maybe I'm an idiot, but why should archers get a crossbow tag at half price just because they've already bought an archery tag, or vice versa?
Its not another tag. If you buy a bow lic, you can get an approval to also use a crossbow. If you instead bought a crossbow lic you can also get approval to us a bow . Only one buck can be killed with a "stringed" weapon but you would be able to hunt with either.
Dan Salmon wrote:And why wouldn't Wilmer/Retch think this is a great deal? He's got another buck tag for half price, now all he'll have to do is watch out for wardens better.
Nobody gets a"another buck tag" WI is still a two buck state (that is if you are also a gun hunter) You will be able to kill one buck under your gun deer lic and one buck with you bow lic (or you could instead use your crossbow lic rather than your bow lic) but you cannot kill a buck with a crossbow lic in the crossbow deer season and another with your bow lic in the bow season. Once your "string" killed buck is tagged, you are done hunting bucks by string. You have to pick the weapon and the season.
I read a comment on another forum that made this all seem very sensible so I will post it here.
"todays amendment to the bill. Amendment #1 is now published. The bill used
to read as follows
“If the department establishes an open season for hunting deer, elk, small game, wild turkey, or bear with a bow and arrow but not with a firearm, the department shall also open that season for hunting with a crossbow”
This led some to believe incorrectly that crossbows would be inclusive within the Wisconsin bow season so it was proper to clear up that misunderstanding with the first amendment. Now the bill reads as follows so that all might know that crossbows are NOT included under the bow season and so that the separation is not misunderstood and so that statutorily, its defined that WI will have two separate seasons, (a bow season and a crossbow season) and NOT “united in one season” as some incorrectly assumed. The bill is amended to read:
““If the department establishes an open season for hunting deer, elk, small game, wild turkey, or bear with a bow and arrow but not with a firearm, the department shall also establish a concurrent open season for hunting the respective game with a crossbow”.
WI will have bowhunters and it will have crossbowers and each will have a separate season and registration and tag and separate equipment statutes (thanks to last years bill which statutorily defined what is a bow and what is a crossbow as well as what is a bowhunter and what is a crossbower to cement that separation.) Wisconsin will have a gun deer season for gun hunters, a ML deer season for ML hunters, a bow season for bowhunters and now a crossbow season for crossbow hunters. All types of hunters with all types of different weapons will be able to chase deer to their hearts content separate of one another in all statutory terms and regulations. No one season is negatively impacted by the other or lumped together and will stand on its own and be adjusted or modified based solely on its own effectiveness.
I applaud this bill and the creation of a new type of season outside the bow season and the ability of crosbowers to hunt deer in their new season. Bowhunters and bowhunting is unchanged and unaltered in the dairy state and a new type of hunting is created. Well done indeed. I fully support creating this separate means for crossbowers to enjoy hunting with their weapon and maintaining the separate WI archery deer season. Everybody wins and now the state will have the ability to manage both seasons based on their separate merits and all types of deer hunters wil have clean data by which monitor the effectiveness. How could anybody dislike such a great bill?