Hunting News - Crossbow Use

FWC considering crossbow use during archery season

For immediate release: February 11, 2010
Contact: Tony Young
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering allowing the use of crossbows by hunters during archery season.

The FWC would like to hear from Florida’s hunters regarding their views on this rule proposal. Hunters are encouraged to go to for a detailed summary of the proposed changes and, until March 31, provide online comments and constructive feedback.

Currently, only compound bows, longbows and recurve bows may be used during the archery season, unless a hunter qualifies for and has obtained a disabled crossbow permit. Only those persons with that permit are allowed to use crossbows during archery season.

But, if the proposal were to become law, any hunter with a hunting license and archery season permit could use a crossbow (or a bow) during archery season beginning in 2011.

For more information on this proposal or to provide comments, go to

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