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Old April 5th, 2008, 07:01 PM   #1
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What do think of crossbow's? Do you think they should be allowed during regular archery season? Right now you have to be 80% disabled in your arm neck or shoulder to use one, but there are other states like Ohio that you can use them just like a bow

I for one think its a weapon that can kill a deer and should be allowed. In my eyes a weapon is a weapon and I should be able to use what I want. Its like saying you cant use a .338 or a .300 win mag on deer because its too much gun. Rules like this suck

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Old April 5th, 2008, 07:20 PM   #2
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i think it should be legal, only because its pretty much the same as shooting a rifle or shotty but i think its lame. takes no talent. bow hunting is the ultimate
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X 2...I think they should be legal during gun season but definately not for bow unless your disabled. It provides to much of an advantage over normal bow hunters. IMO it's more equivilent to a shotgun than a bow.
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X 2...I think they should be legal during gun season but definately not for bow unless your disabled. It provides to much of an advantage over normal bow hunters. IMO it's more equivilent to a shotgun than a bow.
I think for the most part they are legal for any disabled persons with limited use of the arms & hands. same as switchblades.
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No. I don't think crossbows should be allowed during archery season. We have a nice long archery season right now. To harvest a deer with a bow takes a lot of skill. If you let everyone loose in the woods with a weapon that an 8 year old can kill a deer with, our archery season will end up being 2 weeks long like firearm season. Crossbows are not archery.
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Every summer my uncle gets crop damage tags for us to fill. I wonder if you could use a crossbow for that?
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Every summer my uncle gets crop damage tags for us to fill. I wonder if you could use a crossbow for that?
yeah, during gun season.
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Crossbows suck. They drop off after like 30 yards, they are heavy bricks, loud, and all pretty much over priced. I dont mind ppl using them durring gun but I do not think they should be allowed durring bow, there are too many deer wounded with compounds, lord know what would happen if every one and their brother started launching bolts at deer 50+ yards away because "it can shoot that far, just aim a foot high"

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so using a bow with a 92% let off and a release is a challenge

also there are 8 year old kids who kill deer with bows in other states, it all comes down to practice. I can kill a deer at 200 yards with my slug gun but its because I practice. There are people who cant hit a pie plate at 50 yards with a slug gun, but they still hunt

I firmly believe a weapon is a weapon and if you dont use properly you are going to hurt your self or someone else
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No. I don't think crossbows should be allowed during archery season. We have a nice long archery season right now. To harvest a deer with a bow takes a lot of skill. If you let everyone loose in the woods with a weapon that an 8 year old can kill a deer with, our archery season will end up being 2 weeks long like firearm season. Crossbows are not archery.
I think that they should be legal, because in my opinion it doesn't take much more skill to kill a deer with a compound bow than it does with a crossbow. Now if you are talking long bows I would agree.
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Old April 5th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #11
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I think disabled persons should be able to use them. However I don't care for them, one of my Dad's friends has one and is disabled. Most of the time the bolt goes through the deer and they run a LONG way with not much of a blood trail. (and I'm not talking gut shots either)
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so using a bow with a 92% let off and a release is a challenge
Do you have to let a deer get within 20 yards and then draw the crossbow?

Sorry man, I feel your pain in the loss of your ability to draw a bow, but it would be a huge disservice to able bow hunters to allow crossbows for anyone.

Now, if you want to get into the qualifiers to allow disabled persons to use crossbows, I'm all ears. I think the 80% might be a bit extreme.
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agreed - a crossbow is essentially a rifle. It's already drawn, you point it and pull a trigger. Disabled should be able to use them during bow hunting season, no one else. I believe this is the opinion of almost all of the bow hunting community.

Even shooting a modern compound bow still takes a certain level of skill and discipline that a crossbow doesn't require. I personally don't believe in all of the gadgetry that's become associated with compound archery lately, but to each their own. I have a lot more fun shooting a more basic compound, recurve, or longbow than I do shooting a ultra-modern bow with gadgetry galore to break. In fact, I know quite a few traditional archers that can easily go head to head with just about any "gadget" archer. Go to Land-o-Lakes archery club in Fenton, quite a few out there.

If modern compounds are so easy to use that you're directly comparing them to crossbows, then why don't you just go use one of those?
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i say during gun season NOT during reg bow...
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[QUOTE=schweeb;1039469]Go to Land-o-Lakes archery club in Fenton, quite a few out there.QUOTE]


Are you gonna be there on the 20th for the turkey shoot? I'm planning on going with a group of buddies.
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agreed - a crossbow is essentially a rifle. It's already drawn, you point it and pull a trigger. Disabled should be able to use them during bow hunting season, no one else. I believe this is the opinion of almost all of the bow hunting community.

Even shooting a modern compound bow still takes a certain level of skill and discipline that a crossbow doesn't require. I personally don't believe in all of the gadgetry that's become associated with compound archery lately, but to each their own. I have a lot more fun shooting a more basic compound, recurve, or longbow than I do shooting a ultra-modern bow with gadgetry galore to break. In fact, I know quite a few traditional archers that can easily go head to head with just about any "gadget" archer. Go to Land-o-Lakes archery club in Fenton, quite a few out there.

If modern compounds are so easy to use that you're directly comparing them to crossbows, then why don't you just go use one of those?
crossbows are nothing like rifles, more on the level of a muzzle loader. I thing Mideerslayers problem is that he is unable to draw a compund bow, hence the need to use a crossbow.
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Crossbows suck. They drop off after like 30 yards, they are heavy bricks, loud, and all pretty much over priced. I dont mind ppl using them durring gun but I do not think they should be allowed durring bow, there are too many deer wounded with compounds, lord know what would happen if every one and their brother started launching bolts at deer 50+ yards away because "it can shoot that far, just aim a foot high"

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we cant all shoot as good as you . in all seriousness NO i do not beleive cross bows should be allowed during bow season
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I think that they should be legal, because in my opinion it doesn't take much more skill to kill a deer with a compound bow than it does with a crossbow. Now if you are talking long bows I would agree.
The one glaring difference is that a crossbow is loaded and ready to go. If you get a GOOD crossbow, they are just like a gun. Put on a scope and a monopod, and it's basically point and pull the trigger. At least with a compound, you need to actually participate to harvest an animal.
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The one glaring difference is that a crossbow is loaded and ready to go. If you get a GOOD crossbow, they are just like a gun. Put on a scope and a monopod, and it's basically point and pull the trigger. At least with a compound, you need to actually participate to harvest an animal.
X 2...the hardest part of bowhunting I would say is getting your bow drawn without being seen. A crossbow is already cocked, basically a rifle scope, and shoots at over 350 fps allowing for longer shots.
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What do think of crossbow's? Do you think they should be allowed during regular archery season?
They are very over rated. If they were allowed regular archery season I think there impact would be insignificant, so go ahead and do it. As to what is archery or not, much of what is being said about the crossbow was said about compounds when they were introduced.

I think they should be legal in Western Washtenaw County year around Go for a ride in the evening and you can see 50-100 deer. They are constantly in the road and using the shrubs around the house for browes.
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