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Hunting with a crossbow

I'm new to archery and took up a compound bow a little more than a year ago. Have enjoyed every minute of shooting in the backyard to being out in the woods last fall for my first archery hunt. Was wondering how many of you BGH are using a crossbow to hunt with?

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I do not know anybody that

I do not know anybody that hunts with one or even owns one.  Look like they would be fun to sgoot, but I will stick with my compound....they are too much like shooting a gun.

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It doesn't make any sence to

It doesn't make any sence to hunt with one since there are only a couple of states that allow them during archery season.  The other states you can hunt with them but it has to be during the regular rifle season.

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I don't plan on hunting with

I don't plan on hunting with one. I have noticed a lot more is being written about them in magazines. Was wondering how popular they are becoming since they seem to be getting a lot of press here of late.

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Yeah there has been alot of

Yeah there has been alot of talk about letting them hunt with them during archery season, they have been meet with alot of oppsition from bowhunter groups.

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Re Yeah there has been alot of

I'm not a fan of them being used for hunting. Or at least something that I would pick up to use for hunting. They do seem too much like a rifle in the fact of how you shoot them. I wonder if the long bow shooters felt like this when the compound bow came out on the market?

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Comparing a crossbow and the

Comparing a crossbow and the compound or long bow is like apples to oranges.  There were a few long bow shooters that didn't like it when the compound came out but a lot of them switched over in a heartbeat.  But looking at the crossbow is totaly different.  Lets see, a crossbow you lock the string into the triger, the compound you still have to hold the string in your fingers or release nothing else holds the tension.  The crossbow uses a bolt, the long bow and compound uses the same type and style of arrow.  The crossbow is set up for a scope mount, the long bow and compound use fixed sights, sight pins or you can shoot them natural. 

In my book there is no comparing. 

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Re Comparing a crossbow and the

To me that's what so appealing about archery hunting. There are so many variables. Getting game in close enough for a shot, don't be detected, having a clear sight picture, being able to hold the bow steady for a shot, remain calm, well try to remain calm, judging distance, etc

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I was forced to take up the

I was forced to take up the crossbow several years ago when I injured both shoulders but still wanted to hunt in bow season. Got a disability permit and bought a Tenpoint Crossbow. I would much prefer to be able to hunt with my longbows but all I can draw is 35 # and i am not comfortable hunting bear and deer with that little draw weight. I have taken several deer with the crossbow and do not find it to be any more effective than a compound and not to have the range of a compound. Short arrows and short power stroke of a crossbow limit distance severely (rainbow trajectory) and they are NOISEY!!  Any way, the archery trophy I most cherish is a longbow bear kill I made just before injuring my shoulders.

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Re I was forced to take up the

Old Professor,

Thanks for your insight about the crossbows. I never even gave thought that they would not have the energy or distance as the compound bow. Glad you are able to still get out and hunt with the crossbow. Will you eventually be able to rehab your shoulder and use the longbow again?

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I probably will never use one

I probably will never use one unless injuries force me to.

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