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Hunter wants to sell big-game slingshot, sues DNR

Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 12:57 p.m. CDT

TUSCOLA — John "Chief A.J." Huffer enjoys stalking big game. And he likes to do it with a modified slingshot he says can fire arrows fast enough to take down deer.

But while the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says Huffer's "sling bow" is OK for smaller animals it isn't approved for deer. Huffer sells the device for $85 and wants to make it available for big game.

According to The Herald & Review in Decatur, the 76-year-old Tuscola man has filed a federal lawsuit against the DNR. He claims he's being required to meet performance standards that manufacturers of bows do not. He says the DNR claims his slingshot doesn't generate the velocity needed to be a humane hunting weapon.

The DNR did not respond to a request for comment.

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