Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation Wednesday to allow all hunters in Pennsylvania to use crossbows in archery deer, bear and turkey seasons, state Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, said.
Haluska, chairman of the House game and fisheries committee, said House Bill 1144 removes “superfluous language from state law” and updates the definition of “bow” to include both crossbows and traditional bows. He is the bill’s prime sponsor.
“I am hopeful that this change will help maximize participation in archery, especially when it comes to our young hunters,” Haluska said in a press release. “Our antiquated state law needed a change to reflect many Pennsylvanians’ preference of using crossbows.”
The legislation will take effect by early September, he said.