Giving the Go to Crossbows?

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

Valley hunters may soon be able to head out there armed with a new weapon. It's thanks to one piece of legislation that shot straight through the General Assembly.

The weapon is a crossbow. It has been mostly illegal to use but may soon be a hot item.

And all it will take is an extra license from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

With a crossbow you still have to point and aim.

But unlike compound bows, a pull of a trigger sends the arrow flying.

That's why people with physical handicaps have been allowed to use them.

"I have trouble pulling back a compound," said crossbow user Normand McLaughlin. "So, I have a doctor’s note and I do use a Parker crossbow."

The new law will allow everyone to use one.

"Bowhunting is very very popular in this area and now with the crossbows coming, it will just get everybody going even more on that," said Jim Hegedus of Dominion Outdoors. "It just opens up a lot more avenues for people that haven't been able to do it before"

And makes sure that those who already do are capable of handling it.

"You got a lot of people that use a crossbow that don't have a permit and this way it will make it legitimate," said McLaughlin.

Now, don't go out and buy your crossbow just yet.

The bill approved by the House and Senate must now be signed by Governor Warner.

And it gives the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries the right to issue licenses.

That decision will be made later this year.

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