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Ready or not, crossbow hunting is on deck

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Ready or not, crossbow hunting is on deck

What becomes of the state’s new crossbow season is anybody’s guess. But right now, all focus remains on the 2012 calendar.

Dec. 3, to be exact.

“There’s definitely been a lot of curiosity around here from hunters, so it will be interesting to see how the first season goes,” Carol Rau, of Sure Shot Archery Center in Belvidere, said. “Ever since the law was passed, we’ve gotten a lot of crossbow questions and we’ve sold quite a few, too.”

Amidst a battle that pitted pro-crossbow hunters against those who favor traditional archery hunting, Gov. Pat Quinn signed House Bill 4819 in August, thus allowing the use of crossbows during the second half of archery deer hunting season.

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