Bourne Legislation Amends Crossbow Guidelines

Springfield… State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Litchfield) advanced her second bill through the House with unanimous support on April 20th with a measure that amends the current Wildlife code relating to crossbow guidelines.

Currently, Illinois law allows hunters age 62 and above, and persons with disabilities that impede them from using a long bow
to use a crossbow to hunt deer during archery season.

"The bow manufacturing industry has surpassed the current code," said Bourne. "This bill will change the maximum draw weight to match those new industry standards. In my district, hunting is a way of life and I’m proud to support these types of measures to help some of our older sportsmen and hunters with disabilities continue to enjoy the sport."

Specifically, House Bill 3669 provides that crossbows must have a peak minimum draw weight of 125 pounds and a maximum draw weight of 300 pounds.

“This change in the law will make hunting easier and more efficient for crossbow hunters,” Bourne said.

Bourne says she will now focus on gaining support for the measure in the Illinois Senate.

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