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Change in bow hunting laws raises concern

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Change in bow hunting laws raises concern

By Michele Fiore. CREATED Jan 9, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan 9, 2014

BROOKFIELD - Susie Thompson’s a deer-watcher, and paying close attention to the ten-point buck that frequents her yard. She thinks he’s been hit and she’s concerned not only for him, but also for the people who live right here.

Thompson snapped a photo the morning she believes that buck was hit by an arrow.  Her neighbor saw two hunters in this open area behind their homes. "And they were walking through her backyard and she said what are you doing walking through my yard and they said that they were trying to trail him," said Thompson.

"Well we were shocked, we’re thinking there are two kids here, there are four behind, there are two over here, there’s one there, three there,” said Thompson.

Under a new state law, bow and arrow hunting can happen in urban areas. Rep. Kleefisch says it was an attractive idea where deer-car collisions are high. Municipalities looking for a safe and less expensive way to curb the large deer population, had turned to sharpshooters.

“Bullets travel miles, arrows travel yards," said State Rep Joel Kleefisch.

The law does allow some exceptions, but they're not automatic. Local governments must first pass an ordinance. They include... "you need permission of the owner to be on their land. You need to be 100 yards from an occupied building like it is statewide," explained Kleefisch.

And, the bow must be discharged while pointed toward the ground. Hunters, like Jeff Perliwitz say with or without the restrictions, it’s a big win for him.

“But now a person with the price of gas doesn’t have to drive far away, they can enjoy the sport close to home," said Jeff Perlewitz.

Susie Thompson’s not sold on the idea. "I have family that do deer hunting, but they’re doing it on farms and i don’t think deer hunting should be done in the city," said Thompson.

We also spoke with the mayor of Brookfield who's been against this from the start. He tells me the common council's legislative and licensinig committee will likely talk about this January 21st, but they won't be able to pass anything during this extended period of bow hunting in parts of southeast Wisconsin, which goes until January 31st. 

Michele Fiore

Michele Fiore

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Michele Fiore joined TODAY’S TMJ4 in 2013 after spending two years as a part-time reporter/anchor for our sister station, Newsradio 620 WTMJ.