Ancient Weapon Causes Controversy in Pennsylvania

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Gary Fogelman, president of the Pennsylvania Atlatl Association, holds atatl darts near a target at his home in Turbotville, Pa. Lizzie O'Leary, NPR hide caption

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Gary Fogelman holds atatl darts near a target.

Gary Fogelman, president of the Pennsylvania Atlatl Association, holds atatl darts near a target at his home in Turbotville, Pa.

Lizzie O'Leary, NPR

In Pennsylvania, hunters are pushing for a return to an ancient way of killing their prey. Recently, the state's game commission gave preliminary approval to a deer-hunting season for the atlatl — a prehistoric weapon once used to bring down woolly mammoths.

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