New Illinois law lifts restrictions on crossbow hunting

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill., (AP) -- A new state law means that hunters in Illinois can use crossbows during archery hunting seasons.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that the new law applies to the state's archery deer season and fall turkey archery season starting October 1st and ending January 14th.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill changing the state wildlife code to repeal restrictions on using crossbows during archery hunting season.

Crossbows were previously allowed under Illinois law during archery seasons under certain rules, including those age 62 and older and disabled people who qualified for a crossbow permit.

Archery seasons will be closed November 17-19 and November 30 to December 3 in counties where firearm deer hunting is open.