Wisconsin deer hunting regulations regarding the use of rifles and crossbows have changed in 2013.
Use of rifles statewide: The use of rifles will be allowed statewide starting on Nov. 1, 2013 in time for this year's 9-day firearm season. The Oct. 5-6 youth gun deer hunt will still be restricted to shotgun-only in those portions of the state that were previously shotgun-only (see the map on page 23 of the 2013 deer regulations booklet). Hunters will need to check with the local municipality where they are planning to hunt to determine if local ordinances are in place that would restrict the use of rifles.
Use of crossbows during the archery season: In 2013, the use of crossbows in the archery deer season is limited to hunters age 65 or older and any disabled hunter with a Class A, B crossbow, or C disabled permit or crossbow permit.