(The Center Square) – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted unanimously to reject a petition allowing people 65 and older to use a crossbow for hunting during archery season.

The commission is appointed by the governor and sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Hunting with a crossbow in Washington during archery-only season is prohibited unless one has a disabled hunting license, in which case one may hunt with a crossbow during any season the archery weapons are allowed. It is, however, legal to use a crossbow throughout modern firearms season.

The archery community tends to oppose the use of crossbows during archery season. It would add too much modern technology to hunts designed to be primitive, Anis Aoude, head of the WDFW games division, explained during the Friday morning conference. virtual meeting.

The committee was asked not to adopt the petition in part to better gauge public opinion on the issue.

“So at this time, we’re basically asking to decline this petition and allow us to resubmit it as an idea in our next three-year season tuning cycle, which basically starts next summer,” said Aoude.

He went on to explain his reasoning in more detail, noting that the WDFW Game Management Advisory Council opposes the proposed rule change that would allow seniors who may have difficulty shooting and archery to use the most powerful crossbow.

“The reason some archers oppose it is that if it increases the harvests then their allocation actually decreases because the allocation is based on the number of harvests,” Aoude said.

A hunting allowance or special permit allows the hunting of a specific species and type or class of animals during a specified period. hunting season within a specific domain.

“So there’s a reason why I think archers are sometimes against having a maybe a bit more effective weapon during their season,” Aoude said. “So, just another thing to consider. It’s not just based on the kind of ‘They don’t like people who hunt with those kinds of weapons.’

Not that most experienced hunters need any special considerations.

“To be honest, older hunters still tend to be very – they still have a high success rate, even though they’re older,” Aoude pointed out. “They know how to hunt and have been doing it for a long time, so their success rate is no lower than anyone else’s.”