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Old September 30th, 2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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I'm just curious as to how most other hunters feel about the new law with corssbows. Apparently anyone can use them during bow season now? Do you like the new law? I am kind of on the fence about it. My dad can't hunt with a bow anymore so he uses one, he even claims it's cheating for him. Is it cheating if you are capable of using a compound?
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Old September 30th, 2009, 03:17 PM   #2
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i dunno if its cheating but i think its gonna put a bunch of people in the woods who might not know exactly what they are doing. i think for now ill stick to my compound.
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Old September 30th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #3
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It's not cheating at all, it's legal and if that is how a person chooses to hunt that's fine. The only problem I see are people who get one and think it's going to shoot like a gun. People need to shoot them and familiarize how it shoots at different yardages just like a bow. I to am sticking to my compound this year also.
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It's not cheating at all, it's legal and if that is how a person chooses to hunt that's fine. The only problem I see are people who get one and think it's going to shoot like a gun. People need to shoot them and familiarize how it shoots at different yardages just like a bow. I too am sticking to my compound this year also.
Theres no need for the "also" after the "too", you also forgot an "o"
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I have fired one to set it up for yardage, and it is very accurate at 50 to 70 yards. More so than a compound bow. So maybe an easier kill, more distance between you and your prey. Less chance of losing your kill to a miss or having to draw your bow and then the deer is out of range. Better chance of coming home with back straps
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getting technical are we
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Haha, i didnt want to, but it really bugged me when i read it

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If crossbows gets more people in to hunting I'm for it. I don't see it as cheating especially if you hunt public land. Ya still have to find the deer. The more people who hunt the better protected hunting will be from the anti-hunters.
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I have fired one to set it up for yardage, and it is very accurate at 50 to 70 yards. More so than a compound bow. So maybe an easier kill, more distance between you and your prey. Less chance of losing your kill to a miss or having to draw your bow and then the deer is out of range. Better chance of coming home with back straps
OMFG NO! Stay out of the woods if your going to shoot at anything over 40 freakin yards with your xbow, please. You may be able to shoot that far, but it does not have efficient energy at that distance to kill a deer. Sure, 165lbs, but its a 15-17" power stroke and a 20-22" arrow, this means it looses the speed and energy quickly.

Please, so we don't have tons of wounded deer in the woods, DO NOT TAKE SHOTS OVER 25-30 YARDS WITH YOUR XBOW.

This is the exact reason I was against the new xbow regulations. I did however support it for people who are unable to shoot a compound.

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50+ years old, open to the entire state, from oct 1st - nov 15th
Under 50, open to SECTION 3, from oct 1st to nob 15th
Must get a xbow stamp with your licence (free)
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Caught me!
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Haha,I didn't want to, but it really bugged me when I read it.

If you're going to be a douche, you better watch your self. Or is that 'yourself'?
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OMFG NO! Stay out of the woods if your going to shoot at anything over 40 freakin yards with your xbow, please. You may be able to shoot that far, but it does not have efficient energy at that distance to kill a deer. Sure, 165lbs, but its a 15-17" power stroke and a 20-22" arrow, this means it looses the speed and energy quickly.

Please, so we don't have tons of wounded deer in the woods, DO NOT TAKE SHOTS OVER 25-30 YARDS WITH YOUR XBOW.

This is the exact reason I was against the new xbow regulations. I did however support it for people who are unable to shoot a compound.

The new regulations are as follows.
50+ years old, open to the entire state, from oct 1st - nov 15th
Under 50, open to SECTION 3, from oct 1st to nob 15th
Must get a xbow stamp with your licence (free)
350FPS MAX for the X-bow
You do make a good point that I did not think of, but now that you mention it, the greater the distance the less effective the shot. The bow I shot was a 225lb pull. At 30 yards the arrow was stuck real good in the bag and the greater the distance it was easier to remove the arrow.
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lets go back to running them off cliffs, if you break it down, the deer has nothing, so using anything is cheating, but i do agree with gr8archer
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When I lived back home in southern Ohio; it was legal due to population size, also double down on deer if you hunted close to I-275.
At 30-40 yards, the energy was still effiecent to bring down your buck, I'm all for it.
As for seeing wounded deer, that's where practice comes in, I see wounded deer alot from bowhunters too. Chaulk that up to inexperience and buck fever.

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I see alot more wounded deer from gun shots. So its not just bow hunters, if anything id say bow hunters are better than gun hunters as far Kill shots vs. wound shots. Bow hunters tend to practice more. Practice = perfect. I hate seeing a deer thats only got 3 good legs because some idiot gets to jittery when he shoots. In fact it really makes me mad. I also hate to hear a semi auto emptying its clip on opening day because the idiot firing it cant hit the deer the first time. One shot one kill should be a hunters motto.
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There have been several instances where I personally have taken a deer be it buck or doe and used my tag.Just because of it being previously wounded by someone who obviously didn't take the time to know their weapon or figured that it was close enough to do what they had wanted.Annoys the hell out of me.All it takes is a little practice people.
Typically if your in the right spot even on State land you don't need to shoot over 25 yds.It's all in homework and picking the right locale to set up.
Good luck to all those out this season.I won't be until gun.Too many projects.
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Hell yes Jeepy
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true enough on all, practice makes perfect. Good luck to everyone going out this year, I'll probally be out for muzzleloader only due to projects.
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I personally won't take a shot over 20 yards. As far as crossbow, I wouldn't care (though I'm not in MI)

I don't want anything to do with them though.
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