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Crossbows now legal for all

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Crossbows are now legal for all Oklahoma hunters.

Crossbows and conventional bows with draw lock devices that permit bows to be held mechanically at full or partial draw are now legal for hunting during Oklahoma archery seasons.

Gov. Brad Henry on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 1594 that allows all hunters to use crossbows where conventional bows are allowed.
The law is effective immediately so crossbows are legal for the antelope archery season, which opens Sept. 14, and the deer and bear archery seasons, which open Oct. 1.

Previously, only Oklahoma hunters ages 60 and older or those with a permanent disability who could not use a conventional bow were allowed to hunt with crossbows.
SB 1594 was passed in the final days of the legislative session.

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Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›