The crossbow wave continues. Just days after the state of Mississippi approved full inclusion for crossbows during archery deer season, the Kansas has done the same.
The crossbow wave continues. Just days after the state of Mississippi approved full inclusion for crossbows during archery deer season, the Kansas has done the same. At it’s March 21st meeting, the Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism Commission voted to expand crossbow use for the entire archery deer season starting in 2013. The decision comes via a unanimous 5 to 0 vote.
Only those with a disability were permitted to use crossbows in the past. In 2012, the state approved crossbow use during archery season for hunters 15 and younger and 55 and older. The KWPT also started a pilot program in four deer management units that allowed anyone to hunt with a crossbow during archery season. The state essentially dipped their toes in the water last year. They are jumping in this season.
Full inclusion of crossbow use during archery season allows many people who could not hunt during archery season the opportunity to experience a longer hunting season. Crossbows make introducing bow hunting to youth much easier. Many youngsters are not strong enough to draw and shoot vertical archery equipment to make ethical kills on deer. The crossbow eliminates that disadvantage. It also allows older hunters to stay in the field longer.
Kansas Wildlife and Parks secretary Robin Jennison said this move will help increase overall hunting opportunities in the state without a significant affect on deer numbers or quality.
Kansas is one of the premiere whitetail states in the nation. Another destination state, Wisconsin, is also considering full inclusion of crossbow hunting during the 2013 archery season. Legislation has not yet passed in Wisconsin but CrossbowExpert.com will keep you posted.