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Pneumatic Hunting Device Proposal

Commission Will Hear Proposal For Legalizing Airbow During Specific Big Game Hunts And Seasons

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet May 17-18 in Nashville to finalize recommendations made to it by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for the 2018-20 hunting seasons.  Among the many recommendations the 13-member commission will consider, is whether to legalize Airbows for hunting big game during designated seasons.  A pneumatic hunting device, the Airbow functions much like a crossbow, but is powered by compressed air.  The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has proposed making Airbows legal during for the archery-only big game seasons for hunters that possess disability licenses issued by TWRA. Qualified hunters could use it in pursuit of deer, bear, and elk.  The agency is also proposing that the Airbow be legalized for anyone participating in modern gun season hunts for deer, elk, bear, and turkey. The agency’s proposal does not include the muzzleloader season.  The commission did express concern at its last meeting that the Airbow is not among equipment manufactured by the hunting industry that pays federal taxes shared among U.S. states to help manage wildlife through the Pittman-Robertson Act.  The Pittman-Robertson Act has distributed many millions of dollars to Tennessee since its creation in 1937. The commission will meet beginning at 1 p.m. May 17 in the agency’s Region II building. The meeting will be available for viewing both days shortly after the conclusion of each day’s discussions on the agency’s website at

Watch Airbow Discussion Below.