Crossbows Approved

The Natural Resources Board recently approved the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ recommendations to establish a deer hunting season in which the use of a crossbow is allowed.

A crossbow deer hunting license is available for any qualified hunter to purchase – this will be the first time many Wisconsin deer hunters will have the opportunity to hunt with a crossbow. Previously, only holders of permits for hunters with disabilities and hunters age 65 or older could use a crossbow under the authority of an archer license.

The crossbow deer hunting season will run concurrent with the archery season.

To view questions answered by DNR wildlife experts during a recent crossbow chat, visit and search keyword “expert.” For more information, contact: Scott Loomans, DNR wildlife regulation policy specialist, Bureau of Wildlife Management, 608.267.2452.