Illinois deer hunters who want to hunt with a crossbow during the state’s archery deer season won a major victory on Friday.
That’s when Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 2893 into law, which will allow hunters to use a crossbow during Illinois’ official bowhunting season. Previously, individuals were only able to use a crossbow to take game if they had a physical disability that prevented them from being able to draw a traditional bow.
According to NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, by allowing all hunters to use a crossbow, HB 2893 will improve hunter retention in the state, because a wider range of hunters will be able to go afield and enjoy Illinois’ rich hunting tradition during archery season. The new law took effect immediately upon signing.