Are Crossbows Becoming Too Efficient for Archery Season?

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  1. Cannon06

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    All things considered (I read the above comments and the article) I do not believe crossbows should be allowed during archery season. Obviously someone's advanced age and/or physical limitations can be taken into consideration. Crossbows are just fine, but if you are going to differentiate archery and gun seasons then crossbows have far surpassed the max effective range and ease of use compared to a vertical bow.
     
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    It doesn't bother me one bit to share the woods with any crossbow hunter. It doesn't effect the way I hunt even 1%. And even if it did, I'd have to .......

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    The Obsession Lawless is 370 fps, and I believe PSE had one at one point too. I'm sure there are others.
     
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    So, are you giving them the first half or second half of the regular archery season? Or just alternate weeks?
     
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    PSE had the Full Throttle. I think there are several others that were at least 360 fps.
     
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    I believe crossbows are more similar to guns than vertical bows. So allow their use during gun season (shotgun/muzzleloader/rifle, whatever...) or maybe a week ahead of gun season. As a hunting community if you separate archery from gun season, then compared to different weapons I think a crossbows capabilities/ease of use rival that of guns.
     
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    Since full crossbow inclusion Ohio has turned into an absolute **** show.
     
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    Crossbows have been legal archery gear since 1976 here.

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    I can only speak for what I have seen since I started hunting in Ohio, early 2000s . The last 10 years or a little better it’s been a **** show. Between the Amish and crossbow hunters I just about crossed it off my list.
     
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    x-bows are like the new inclusive mentality, lets just dumb it down so the lower 50% have a chance at being successful.
     
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    I'd say the difference in difficulty between a recurve and a modern day compound is much more significant than between a compound and a x bow.

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    Except for the part that the x bow is pre drawn, has a scope a stock a trigger and 35-40 yards more range.
     
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    Every hunter has to measure themself by the the mark they set for themself. Personally, I am not ready for a xbow. My health is still good, I love the challenge of bow hunting and having a close personal experience. I want to take a Booner with my bow.

    That being said, my Dad called me a cheater when I bought my Alpine Sierra Magnum back in 1989. He shot the same Black Widow recurve since 1971 and thought compound bows were ruining archery. He made fun of my sights, aluminum arrows with plastic veins and said things like "you need a stabilizer bc you're nervous shooting such a monstrosity." Now he is 73 and shooting a Ten Point xbow..
     
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    I like how everyone assumes that if you shoot a crossbow it is a 400 fps top of the line model.
     
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    While I hate the ads that say "Meet your new rifle" Joe is right. We X-Bow Mafia types don't all shoot 400+ fps crossbows. Mine shoots at 350 fps and there are many compounds that are capable of that. I personally have set my limit for taking a shot at live game to 35-45 yards. In my mind there are just too many variables to stretch it any further.

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    I will also say this about crossbows. Whether you love or hate them, they are here to stay-they are not going away. The reason you have seen so much advancement in the technology recently is because they have become legal in so many states. It is now profitable for the crossbow makers to put alot more money into research and development of new products. I am old enough to remember this same debate between trad shooters and compound shooters when compounds first came out. We can all see where that ended up. As to the original question, I think you may see some changes in the seasons in the future. But I think that is a long long time away.

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    I could argue that a modern day compound bow shot with a trigger style release is much more like a firearm than my old recurve bow. Should traditional archers get the benefit of having their own season and anyone using a triggered weapon be limited to choosing a firearms season?

    To address Sota's comment:
    Do the "lower 50%" not deserve to experience success in the woods as much as the elite vertical bow shooters? Should we have qualifiers like net-worth and mental aptitude testing to determine which season and weapons we all will be allowed to enjoy? Maybe count teeth?

    The only gripe I hear from most is the fact that allowing crossbows in the woods allows more people to participate in the hunt and that creates competition for space and animals. The elite archers would like to have the woods to themselves because dog-gone-it, they deserve it! They hunt the "hard" way and they deserve to get their own season with as little pressure and competition as possible. Because well, they are just a bit better than anyone that chooses to hunt a different way and they should be rewarded for such monumental effort and achievement. They are "special".
     
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