Crossbow lawsuit shot down, again

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A lawsuit seeking to allow four Montana hunters to use crossbows during this fall’s archery season has failed.

Christine Peterson, Casper Star-Tribune Brett French

A second shot by four Montana hunters seeking to force the state to allow them to use crossbows during archery season was denied by a District Court judge on Friday.

The four men claimed Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ regulations disallowing crossbows during archery season violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Crossbows can be used to hunt at other times of the year in Montana.

In their initial suit, Missoula U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen ruled on Aug. 29 there was no dispute to resolve since FWP and the Fish and Wildlife Commission agreed to hear the men’s claim during the Commission’s October meeting.

Montana’s archery season opened on Sept. 4 and runs through Oct. 17. Prior to filing their lawsuit, the four hunters — Tim Gardipee, Bruno Friia, Brad Molnar and David Helmers — had requested FWP authorize them to use crossbows during the archery season. FWP denied

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