Crossbow bill headed to Bryant
By WILL EDGAR
After years of being shot down by archers, the only thing standing between allowing crossbows during any deer season, including archery season, is Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature.
Senate Bill 2048 wound its way through the legislative process with little opposition compared to previous years and finally got the stamp of approval from the Senate with a unanimous vote on Thursday. An opinion was issued from Attorney General Jim Hood’s office in 2010 that stated bowhunters could not legally hunt during other deer seasons with their bows under the existing law.
In order to allow the use of bows during other seasons, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks developed special archery seasons that coincided with gun seasons.
Under SB 2048, the language clearly states that archery equipment can be used during any legal deer season.