Bill to allow fishing with crossbows sent to governor

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LANSING—Legislation sponsored by Sen. Darwin Booher to allow crossbows to be used for fishing is on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

“Hunting and fishing are important to maintaining a healthy environment and supporting the livelihoods of many Northern Michigan families,” said Booher, R-Evart. “Since crossbows can now be used for hunting, expanding their use to fishing makes sense. By adding another opportunity for sportsmen to enjoy our great outdoors, we may also encourage more people to come out and take advantage of some of the world’s best fishing.”

Senate Bill 897 would allow the Department of Natural Resources to issue an order permitting the use of crossbows for fishing.  The department has indicated crossbows, once permitted, could be used during the same seasons and also for the same species allowed for fishing with a bow and arrow.

“I sponsored this bill after a conversation with a constituent in my hometown,” Booher said. “It is an example of an innovative idea that can come about by listening to Northern Michigan residents on ways to change how Michigan does business.”

Hal Hutchinson from Evart testified in support of the legislation before the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee earlier this year. 

The measure was enrolled by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, and has been sent to the governor to be signed.


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