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Hunting: Crossbows

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL1897, tabled on 7 September 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce legislation to ban hunting with bows and arrows, and crossbows.

Answered on

15 September 2015

The management of wildlife is a devolved matter. In England and Wales, the use of a bow or crossbow to kill or take any wild animal is currently prohibited under section 11(b) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. There are no plans to allow bow hunting in England or amend the Act in this respect.