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PA Game Commission has passed a law that allows the use of crossbows for any hunter during the archery season in the Special Regulation Areas. IMO this absolutely SUCKS! Now every Lazy SOB who never wanted to tinker with archery equipment will take to the woods with a weapon thats better than a shotgun. Write to Game commission to voice your displeasure like I did and maybe they will reconsider. Evil!

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I dont agree with it either. The only acception would be (In my opinion) Active military Service members and/or persons with disabilities.

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I think its great! I have bow hunted for 20 years and enjoy it imensly. I hunt the special regs areas. Do you?
The possition of the PGC is to reduce the deer herd by whatever means possible! This is a fantastic tool for that job. My wife will be out for the first time this archery season because of this rule change. She loves to hunt but, she is not comfortable with shooting a deer with a bow. She doesnt think her bow is up to the task.....shes probobly right!
The crossbow is by no means as effective as a shotgun. If you used a crossbow before spouting off about how bad it is you would know the effective range is 40 yards and less. 30 yards would be my maximum.
Also they reduced the distance you need to be from a building with all archery equipment to 50 yards for the purpose of harvesting more deer.
The landowner whose propery I hunt will not allow a shotgun hunter anywhere near his house but.......crossbows are OK!!!!
Wildlife management tools are used for the good of the overall health of the herd......there are way too many deer and its time something is done about it!

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I have never hunted with a crossbow but I have shot one. It is way easier to hunt with than a bow. All you have to do is pull a trigger after it is loaded... sounds like a gun that shoots an arrow to me. Your wife would become effective with archery equipment if she put in time to practice like I and thousands of other archers have. But like I stated, she sounds to lazy. I am not lucky enough to have private land to hunt on. I have approached 15 different landowners for access to archery hunt and was denied by all of them. The over population problem is on private land not the SGL or S. Park land. This is a ploy by the Game Commission to make more $$, thats it. Now every gun hunter who is LAZY will be on the already crowded game lands weilding a gun that shoots a sawed-off arrow. And we will still have an over-population problem because there is no access to the deer causing the problem. Crossbows are NOT archery equipment. They are for disabled people who cannot shoot a bow, plain and simple!

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With an attitude like that....you can ask a hundred landowners for permision and still not get it!
I gather from your lack of response to the question of whether or not you hunt the special regs area that you don't hunt them.......You complaining about something that doesn't even have anything to do with where you hunt!
In the special regs areas there is very little state park or SGL (almost none!)
This gives the land owners the chance to thin the herd on thier own land with a more effective tool
I was given permision to hunt a 40 acre farm in Bucks county because I asked the landowner (nicely) if he was interested in letting me take a doe or two off his land. He said ABSOLUTELY! the guys that hunt here sit and wait all season for that trophy buck that never shows up and the herd needs to be thined. The other hunters are not happy but the landowner is.
About your coment for my wife.....your a jackass!

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I live in Bucks county . I hunt on SGL and State Parks. Get out a map and you will see there are a four different SGLs and two State Parks in Bucks county. Lake Nockamixon has areas open to hunting Tyler does not. I have a great attitude and I would like to keep the archery season open for archers not gun hunters. That is what the rifle/shotgun season is for. If you love archery immensly why dont you teach your lazy wife how to shoot a bow? If you really love archery hunting you would respect the sport for its challenges and rewards, and would disagree with crossguns during ARCHERY season. Again Crossbows are for disabled people and it a shame the Game Commission are allowing their use to make more money. This will not help with the overpopulation problem.

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I live in Bucks county . I hunt on SGL and State Parks. Get out a map and you will see there are a four different SGLs and two State Parks in Bucks county. Lake Nockamixon has areas open to hunting Tyler does not. I have a great attitude and I would like to keep the archery season open for archers not gun hunters. That is what the rifle/shotgun season is for. If you love archery immensly why dont you teach your lazy wife how to shoot a bow? If you really love archery hunting you would respect the sport for its challenges and rewards, and would disagree with crossguns during ARCHERY season. Again Crossbows are for disabled people and it a shame the Game Commission are allowing their use to make more money. This will not help with the overpopulation problem.

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Trouthunter, your comments about hunter777's wife being lazy is simply unfair. Some women simply don't have the upper body strength to pull a compound bow. I know - I've tried and I'm NOT lazy! I have not hunted with a crossbow, however I don't see the problem if its acceptable according to the laws/rules in that specific hunting area.

Its this type of infighting & arguing amongst hunters that will help along the demise of our sport in this country. You may not like the crossbow, but that doesn't mean you can't learn to be tolerant of individuals that use it, and for heaven's sake, quit calling people lazy!

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I hunt less than a mile from Nockamixon. I know all about it. IF you hunt there I do feel sorry for you! Clean up your attitude and get a better place to hunt.
If you want to call a woman that is on her feet from 7 am to 11pm everyday and waking up at all times through the night with the baby and is proficiant with a bow but doesn't want to shoot a deer with one lazy...I only got one thing to say....Jackass!!!

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Do you look as stupid as you sound? You've done nothing but argue with me but have made no clear stance on why you like crossbows. Your argument is weak and shows even more weakness when you resort to name calling. If your wife is proficient with a bow why dosen't she hunt with it? You said earlier she was uncomfortable with shooting a deer with it. If she is uncomfortable with it how could she be proficient? Contradiction. What makes you think she she will become proficient with a crossbow. Practice makes perfect and by the sound of it she dosen't have enough time to practice let alone hunt. If she does hunt that would be irresponsible on yours and her part.

Anyway, like I said there is no need to use crossbows as a tool to control the herd. It is a moneymaking ploy. There are other ways to reduce the herd. How about letting liscence holders in the regulation ares harvest a doe and a buck with their liscence in addition to buying doe tags? How about making the late seson longer? How about doing what NJ does and make it mandatory in Special Reg areas to harvest a doe before you take a buck?

I'm sure you haven't put this much thought into this issue. You just like to sling names. Your wife is not lazy, it is you. The same guy who likes to hunt over bait is in favor of crossbows. Why, because its easier.

By the way, how is your wife and my kid?
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