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Our current Wisconsin bow hunting season runs from mid-September through the first week of January — more than 3½ months long — and it includes sole bow hunting possession of the rut.

Also, our right to choose the bow that fits our physical limitations and skill level is a good thing for all bow hunters. It does not get any better than that.

If the most efficient bow for you is a crossbow, it is a good thing. Young, old and new bow hunters of any age starting out may choose a crossbow because it is accurate, relatively easy to get proficient with and a starter crossbow is less expensive than a fully equipped compound bow. However, the Wisconsin Bowhunters Association will be kicking the majority of crossbow hunters out of the woods if they have their way April 9. The timeframes of removal of crossbow hunters will be determined in the future, most likely including the rut.

It is mind-boggling that crossbow hunting restrictions that will impact efficient harvest, game management and impede young and new crossbow hunters from participating and joining the ranks of bow hunters would come from the WBA and not from some anti- hunting group.

Participating in bow hunting ensures it will be passed on to future generations. Send a message April 9 that no hunting group or anti-hunting group is going to take our hunting rights away.

Doug Rhead, Sparta

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