Bill headed for Senate gives more territory to bow hunters

MADISON (WITI) -- A bill heading to the state Senate for approval gives more territory to bow hunters.

Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R - Oconomowoc) authored the bill, which says as long as hunters are 100 yards away from an occupied building, they can hunt with a bow.

Kleefisch says one intention of the bill is culling the deer herd during one of the busiest months for car crashes involving deer.

"It really is a private property owner issue and an aid to reducing deer populations.  Municipalities can still say no hunting in their municipal parks, state parks and federal parks are under the rules they've always been," Kleefisch said.

Kleefisch says there are stricter rules for hunting near hospitals and schools.

Bow hunters will still have to follow state permit rules and hunting seasons.

The bill has already passed the state Assembly.