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Crossbows in archery season?

I'm not for it. Nor am I for allowing them to have there own season. What are your guys thoughts?

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my thoughts on this is, I

my thoughts on this is, I dont think they should be aloud during archery season. if they dont have there own season then it should be either with rifle or muzzle loader season.

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I do not think they should be

I do not think they should be allowed during archery season nor do i think they should have their own season.  just keep it as it is and let them hunt with them durning reifle season!

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   I hunt here in Ohio and

   I hunt here in Ohio and crossbow hunting has been legal I believe since the 70's. The statements you guys are making don't make any sense. Why do you think they should be put with rifle or muzzle loader season. I really don't know what kind of education you guys have about crossbows but you seem missinformed. Crossbows are more cumbersome and bulkier than compounds. Crossbows have a much shorter distance when it comes to effective range. You have to sight in a crossbow just like you do a compound. Just like most compounds crossbows have different speeds, and unless you are buying one of those that cost around $2,000 dollars your speeds will range between 250 fps to about 325 fps. Crossbows are much louder when fired. Meaning if you miss it's more than likely you aren't getting a second shot. Plus, try recocking a crossbow from a tree stand, not easy at all. Most of the times with a crossbow you will be firing from a seated position which gives you less of a shooting area as well. Crossbow hunters have to be just as precise and watch all the little things just like compound hunters do. So, I am just curious, why all the hate? Before you go bashing it and not giving it a chance, if you get the opportunity to try it, do it. You might like it.  

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Michigan has been going

Michigan has been going through this arguement for the past several years and in August the Natural Resources Commission finally gave full inclusion to crossbows! I have been an archer for more years than I care to count. I started shooting a recurve, went to a compound and finally to Traditional equipment (a longbow).  I am now 70 years old and can no longer pull a conventional bow due to shoulder injuries. If it were not for the crossbow, I would not be able to archery hunt at all. There is also the issue of new/youth hunter recruitment and hunter recruitment in general, as hunter numbers have been declining.  I was a member of Michigan Bow Hunters but have terminated my membership because of their unreasoning opposition to crossbows. MBH and other organizations had turned off alot of hunters because they appear to be selfish and unwilling to share archery season with crossbow users.  This is similar to the arguements between black powder hunters over in-line muzzleloaders and black powder substitutes.

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cross bow during archery season

Well as a rifle and a muzzle loader hunter for years, I have succomb to a bad back and to arthritis in my shoulders.And being 61 years old I can't take the cold weather as much as I used to.So with a longer and earlier hunting season I wanted to try archery hunting,but my arthritis will not allow me to pull a bow back and hold it. I tried out a crossbow with a hand crank and now I to can enjoy the woods during archery season. I think thieir is alot of room in the woods for us also.

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What the local states DOW's

What the local states DOW's need to do is allow the use of a crossbow after you take in a doctors excuse that states your physical limitations as far as using a bow for hunting.  A few states already do this and allow for a hunter to use a crossbow during the archery season as a disabled hunter. 

It is a lot like the states where a leagelly blind hunter can paticipate in a rifle hunt with another hunter shooting his animal, or where the state allows a hunter the use of a 4 wheeler or truck and being able to shoot from it instead of being 50' off of the road.  If they would allow for a doctors excuse it would keep a lot of older people in the shooting sports and allow them the time outdoors that they grew up in.   

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I just have a question for

I just have a question for hawkeye, numbnutz, and Goose. I put down my 2 cents worth and a few comparisons. Tell me why and show me where or how hunting with a crossbow makes everything so much easier. I have and do hunt with both and I can tell you right now crossbow hunting is far more challenging than a compound. That is why I rarely hunt with the compound anymore. So like I said before you go bashing it you should give it a try.

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This is an argument that

This is an argument that neither of us will change our minds. But, with a compound, recurve, long bow the user is holding the weight of the bow. aiming with either a peep and sight or instinct. not using a scope, having to draw on an animal while in range. not having a bolt already cocked back. with a crossbow you can rest it on something to give you a solid rest, you cant do that with a compound. I'm not getting on anyone for using one and if its legal in your state than go for it, i just dont think they belong in archery seasons

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use of crossbow

In the state of Oklahoma they just started allowing any hunter to use a crossbow for 2010. Last year it was only if disabled and with a doctor's slip that had to be carried at all times hunting.

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There you guys go again.

There you guys go again. Dissing other bow hunters. Not all people, because of an injury, can use a compund bow. The first bow I bought was a crossbow, and I still hunt with one because compunds are SO expensive, I haven't been able to save enough to get one. I will be getting one probably for next season and so on, but crossbows have every challenge that a compound has. The only reason guys diss crossbows is cause you don't have to pull back the string when a deer's coming in. Quit your dissing of other hunters. We all need to get along. Lots of guys hunt with a rifle. Well guess what, it's not fair that you can set up 300 yards away from a deer and blast it without it even knowing your there. You wanna talk about cheap, that's cheap. But I'm not gonna sit here and diss it because all of us hunters need to get along no matter what we hunt with. Our governments try and screw us hunters enough, so we don't need to fight with each other, we need to fight for each other.

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