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23 Dec 2009 04:54 PM

    Is their a following of crossbow hunters on this site? Hunter2

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    23 Dec 2009 09:29 PM
    Just a brief look at Foremost Hunting.com will show you, yes we do have a following of crossbow hunters. Really its a little more than that. Foremost Hunting.com is a major supporter of the American Crossbow Federation, and Dan Hendricks is one of the writers here, (president of the ACF). i'm the representitive of the ACF for Louisiana, and you will see a lot of pro-crossbow information here.

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    04 Oct 2010 09:01 PM
    Crossbows are only for old guys in my opinion. It's way to easy to kill something with one. Why not just hunt with a gun?
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    11 Oct 2010 11:13 AM
    Posted By winston on 04 Oct 2010 09:01 PM
    Crossbows are only for old guys in my opinion. It's way to easy to kill something with one. Why not just hunt with a gun?
    Winston you just made what is known as an anti-hunter statement by proxy, you just cut down thousands of crossbow hunters all over the United States. But everyone has a right to an opinion. I base my statements on facts not opinions. So here are some facts. Crossbows are not easy, they have limited range of about 35 yards, due to the fact they are almost impossible to silence. That means the deer will jump the string more often. They are awkward and heavy in deer stands and ground blinds, thats from personal experience. Accuracy depends on the shooter, but really good vertical shooters can outshoot any crossbow expert and out range him. This puts the crossbow at the bottom of the primitive weapon list and the most difficult to hunt with, that is why legislation has been for the legalization of the crossbow. It is in my opinion since we are giving opinions that the crossbow hunter is at a great challenge due to the inherent limits of the crossbow. I hunt with one, but find it much more difficult than a compound bow.
    Why not hunt with a gun? Well all around hunters use everything takeing advantage of special early seasons. Now with the addition of the crossbow in many new states it gives the all around hunter another choice for the challenge of hunting. So I urge you to educate yourself further on crossbows, if you cant find the answer your looking for here go to Dan Hendricks, American Crossbow Federation.



     

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    19 Oct 2010 11:14 AM
    Winston,

    I look at it this way, hunting is a declining sport. If allowing folks to use crossbows gets more people in the woods that's a win for all hunters. A hunter is a hunter regardless of weapon of choice. Hunters generate dollars which are used for habitat improvement etc.

    The other think that I would say is "We all get old some day" I don't agree that crossbows are just for old guys (That's a discussion for another day) but if they provide older folks with opportunity to hunt why not?
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    14 Dec 2011 03:49 PM
    Why not just hunt with a gun?

    Fact is, I do like to hunt with a gun. I like to hunt with my guns during the gun season, and archery equipment (that includes my crossbow) during archery season.

    I don't tell you what you should hunt with, please don't tell me what I can hunt with.

    I respect your right of choice, please respect mine.
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    15 Dec 2011 01:54 AM
    Well, j3cub I think your point is exactly the poster's point. Crossbow hunters throughout the country are being told they can't hunt with their instrument of choice. A lot of people enjoy hunting with firearms including myself. No one is saying you can't hunt with firearms. What crossbow hunters want is the same opportunities as other archers. A lot of crossbow hunters do hunt with guns but archery seasons are generally longer.

    A guy like my dad doesn't want to climb a tree and is getting to the point that he can't pull back a compound bow. So he is limited to gun hunting even though he would love to do more deer hunting. Our state's archers don't want him in "their" woods hunting "their" deer so they oppose crossbow hunting mostly on the grounds that they believe the instrument is too efficient. The same argument was made when hunters started putting down traditional equipment for compound bows. The argument is ridiculous. Retaining older hunters is important. However, where crossbows could really make a difference is with youth hunters. Sure, some ten year-olds can pull back a compound bow capable of killing a deer. But they could all learn to shoot a crossbow competently. The crossbow could be an incredible hunter recruitment tool. A friend of mine recently traveled over one thousand miles to another state so his six year old could shoot a turkey with a crossbow. Our state DNR won't let her hunt because a group of selfish jerks won't allow a youngster to use a crossbow while hunting. Idiotic!!!

    My view: anything that gets more people involved in hunting is a good thing.
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