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Confessions of a Crossbow Convert (feature article)

I knew so. lol

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Confessions of a Crossbow Convert (feature article)

Who are we kidding? It's very funny....

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Crossbows vs. Compounds

For my money Highlander and CVC are the only persons who have made valid points in this forum -- Most of the other comments seem to be 'opinions' and not based on actual facts.

It wasn't too long ago that the Anti-Crossbow Committee of the PPS were stating that crossbows are accurate out to 300 yards and therefore shouldn't be allowed in archery seasons. It was all bunk of course, but they even destroyed a crossbow each year in a 'crossbow throwing contest' at their annual conventions. Wild statements with nothing backed up with fact. They didn't like compound shooters too much then either; however, it wasn't until the compound bow came along that the numbers of archers grew by leaps and bounds and more archery seasons opened up for everybody. The crossbow shooters have done the same thing for Ontario -- more archers -- more archery seasons.

I don't hunt with a crossbow but have many friends who do. Tired of listening to the 'opinions' voiced by anti-crossbow persons I decided to do my own comparison testing a few years ago. I compared a Golden Eagle Splitfire Compound Bow, set at 70# peak weight, and shooting 400-grain arrows with an Excalibur Exocet Crossbow with a peak weight of 175# and shooting 400-grain bolts. The tests involved penetration and arrow/bolt droppage out to 50 yards - the limits set for the testing. The results were almost identical; for example, using 20-yard pins while shooting at 50 yards there was only 1 1/2 inches difference in the trajectory drop for both types of bows.

I wrote an article on these tests and it was published in Bow & Arrow hunting Magazine. I'd be happy to share this article with anyone out there who wants to learn some 'facts'.

My conclusions were that crossbows are just as much short-range weapons as are compounds, both have their advantages and disadvantages, and both belong in archery seasons. The crossbow shooter has to learn and practice all the hunting skills as his compound shooter counterpart in order to get close enough for the shot. It's all game anatomy and shot placement after that.

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Crossbows vs. Compounds

Sorry 'Old Professor' -- I should have included your handle along with Highlander and CVC pertaining to those who seem to be making valid points in this forum.

You might want to check out the article I mention in the last post.

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Confessions of a Crossbow Convert (feature article)

Cruise,

I'd like to see that article... How can I get it?

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Confessions of a Crossbow Convert (feature article)

Hi Highlander

Contact me through http://www.gouthrosmoosemadness.com and leave me your Email address -- I'll send you an electronic copy.

Cruise Arrow

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Confessions of a Crossbow Convert (feature article)

IMO, I think that Crossbow hunting has brought more opportunity to Tennessee since legalizing them 2 years ago. Tennessee is divided into 2 units. Unit A, B and L. We live in unit L and we can take up to 3 bucks (statewide limit) and 3 Doe a day! The doe population is so high here, and you can use your crossbow from the opening day of archery until the closing day of deer hunting. Not a very good thing to use the whole year, because here, after the first gun season has opened and closed, deer are more leary. Around here, for the past few years, the most deer of the season have been taken during the opening weekend of muzzleloader, but most of the bigger deer are taken during the first archery season, which i believe opens the 3rd saturday in september. Personally, I am more of a ML and gun hunter myself, but could possibly one day look into buying a bow or cross bow to widen out my hunting season.

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Confessions of a Crossbow Convert (feature article)

i say put it all in 1 general season,i have no interest in either bow or crossbow,and am not that fond of the idea that bow hunters of any type get to hunt before i do. where i live it's 95% rifle hunters and 5% bow,but the bow hunters have the attitude that it's the opposite and they pay for all the conservation with there 5% contrabution!

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crossbow convert article

What a travesty it would be for us hunters to have more hunter participation by drawing in new hunters to our sport .I mean after all we are so close to having hunting taken away from us it would be a damn shame if we increased hunter numbers now and ruin the chance to eliminate hunting for our children.All of you na sayers need to grow up and grab the bull by the horns you really sound like the anti`s themselves,embarrassing really.Everyone is entitled to their opion but in no way should it threaten our hunting heritage and privilages to do the same.It would do all of us hunters some good to take away all hunting seasons for one year and replace it with a spears only season and after that season let`s see where all you cry babies stand on any subject relating to our hunting rights and what we are able to hunt with.Get it together now or will all lose in the end. Shame on You! Shame on You!

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