From what we found in our research of the crossbow regulations in Wisconsin, crossbows are considered to be in the same category as firearms. That means that you can only use your crossbow in seasons that allow for hunting with firearms. In other words, you cannot use your crossbow during the archery only season.
When hunting in the state of Wisconsin, you must use a crossbow with at least 100 pounds of draw weight. This is to ensure that you have enough power to kill whatever it is that you are shooting at. They do not want you to turn your target into a pin cushion and make them suffer.
Your bolt must be at least 14 inches long with a sharpened tip. The broadhead bust me at least 7/8 of an inch wide. Mechanical broadheads are legal as long as you they open up to at least 7/8 of an inch at the point of impact.
You must carry a crossbow license on your person in order to hunt with one. For an extra $3, you can purchase an upgrade to your license which will allow the use of both traditional bows and crossbows. You must complete a bow hunter education course in order to apply for an archer or crossbow license.
On top of the crossbow license, you must also carry a carcass tag. That tag is weapon specified and must be put on a carcass that was harvested with a crossbow. You are required to tag the carcass as soon as you take them down.
Crossbow Hunting Regulations in Wisconsin Disclaimer
This is our written warming that we are not lawyers or experts in the laws of any states. We are simply creating a resource for our readers, so that they are aware of the crossbow regulations in each state. What you see here is the extent of our knowledge of the crossbow hunting laws in Wisconsin after many hours of research. If you need more in-depth advice or information, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
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The state of Wisconsin is moving in the right direction when it comes to the crossbow regulations. They only allow crossbow hunting during the firearm hunting season right now but that is better than never, as it was before. We hope that they continue to move in this direction and encourage other states to do so as well. Get out there and have some fun!