The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board is considering expanding the use of crossbows for deer hunters in this fall's archery season.
Last month, the board gave preliminary approval to a proposal that would allow all archery deer hunters to use crossbows.
Under current regulations, people who are unable to use a traditional bow can use a crossbow if they get a note from their doctor.
State Wildlife Director Mark Scott says the number of people who have permission to use crossbows is increasing.
The Legislature must approve the change and it must also be approved two more times by the board, which is planning statewide hearings on the proposal next month.
Rick Sanborn of R&L Archery of Barre says expanding the use of crossbows would be a big change.