Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Crossbow Animosity - What Gives?

As a hunter, I use many tools to get the job done. For years I have used firearms and archery equipment. Now that I am also including a crossbow in my arsenal, I find there is a great deal of animosity toward crossbow hunters. Do you feel crossbows are a legitimate weapon for hunting? Do you think they should be allowed? Do you think they should be scrapped? I would really like to hear from you guys.

Please comment below and let me know what your thoughts are. I have my own story I will share, but I really want to hear from both sides on this.

12 comments:

  1. I think we've bounced this one around before, so I think you know I certainly have no problem with crossbows... I even think they're fine in archery seasons.

    I do get it, that some archers don't want to see them during archery-only seasons, though. There's absolutely no question that a crossbow has an extremely low learning curve to achieve proficiency. It's also true that being able to hold the bolt at full draw, at all times, makes it a lot easier to get a shot on an animal (every opportunity I've had on a big buck this year has been thwarted by poorly timed draw).

    But I just don't understand why being easier to master and use makes it less valid for archery hunting. When it comes to range and accuracy, I think a compound (in practiced hands) actually has the edge over a crossbow. And, in the end, you're trying to kill a wary prey animal at close range with an arrow. That's never an easy feat.

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    1. Thanks for the input Phillip. Your last paragraph is right on.

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  2. Sounds like the crossbow is the Alabama rig of the archery world. Lots of hype for something that may give you a slight atvantage in some situations.

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    1. Everything about hunting these days seems to be about getting an edge. The compound bow has an edge over the recurve bow, but they are both bows. Thanks for sharing Dan. Excellently put.

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  3. Since moving to Nebraska and finding out that they allow xbows in archery season, I've given considerable thought to purchasing one. A crossbow has definite advantages that can't be ignored, but their range is extremely similar to a compound - perhaps a little less - so I think they should absolutely be allowed during the same seasons. Crossbow hunters aren't trying to tell people it's as difficult as with a compound anymore than a compound hunter is trying to say their method is as hard as traditional archery - let a person use whatever tool they want so long as they're proficient with it.

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    1. Thanks Tom. I think that crossbows definitely have some advantages over a compound. Take the weight for example. A crossbow weighs nearly double what todays compounds weigh. I would argue that you can reach out a bit further with a crossbow though, if you are settled in right and the draw weight is cranked up. Your last sentence is on point. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  4. i have no problem with crossbows, but dont think they should be allowed during archery season. they are way easier than compounds. just my opinion

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    1. Thanks Jesse. Crossbows have some advantages, but there are drawbacks. You get only one shot with a crossbow and then have to crank it again. A compound you can load a bit faster. A person who is proficient with a compound can reach out just as far, and as accurately, as a person with a crossbow. I think that both are tools and in the right hands can do great things. There are other factors, too. Too many to mention here, but I appreciate your opinion and input!

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  5. I hunt using a recurve, so take my opinion for what it's worth.

    Crossbows always felt like awkward compounds to me. Granted, the ability to easily mount a magnifying optic is a definite plus, but the sights typically used on a compound are just as accurate and easy to use. Plus, today's compounds are smaller and lighter than any crossbow that I've seen in the store.

    My two cents.

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    1. Well put, Bobby! I am right there with you. I have a good friend who shoots traditional and is always busting my chops (in a friendly way) about shooting my wheelie bow. There are benefits to each set up for sure, but there are also drawbacks. To each his own, but hunters should support one another for sure, no matter what weapon they choose. Thank you for your honesty!

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    2. Al,

      Well, traditional is way behind both compounds and crossbows in terms of accuracy, range, and ease of use. The only benefit to shooting a recurve is that it is extremely light-weight in comparison. Plus, it's nice to have a built-in excuse for your misses ;-)

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    3. The great thing about traditional is the instinctive shooting. Sure, you can do it with a compound, too, but most don't. When I used to shoot with guys who were shooting traditional, they could judge yardages better at closer ranges. I even see some guys shooting at 120 yards with a recurve just for kicks. Makes them that much better in close. They are fun to shoot!

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