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Old 10-26-2006, 05:31 PM
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Crossbow hunting

How many folks hunt with a crossbow?
Do you agree with using them during the regular archery season or should there be a seperate season?
How acurate and how far are they good for?
What's the largest game you would hunt with one?

Inquiring minds want to know.....My girlfriends son hunts with one and I'm thinking about adding it to my hunting season.
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:04 PM
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my opinion on them is they should only be legal for the handicapped hunter during any legal bow season.

and I don't mean the mentally handicapped.

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Old 10-26-2006, 07:10 PM
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my opinion on them is they should only be legal for the handicapped hunter during any legal bow season.

and I don't mean the mentally handicapped.

GEO

That was always my original thoughts, but now I'm thinking if everyone else is going to use them why not give it a try?
It sorta goes along with the original archery hunting argument when compound bows came out, the archers of the time only wanted longbows to be alowed...........

Muzzleloader season has gone the same route with inline front loaders and such as well as allowing percussion smokepoles.......

Dunno.................
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:38 PM
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my opinion on them is they should only be legal for the handicapped hunter during any legal bow season.

and I don't mean the mentally handicapped.

GEO
It's been legal in TN for a couple of years for anyone to hunt with one, not just handicapped. I figure, another year or two, and they'll be available second hand at a good price. I finally broke down last year, and bought a compound.I haven't hunted with it yet, I like my recurve bow.
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:42 PM
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That was always my original thoughts, but now I'm thinking if everyone else is going to use them why not give it a try?
It sorta goes along with the original archery hunting argument when compound bows came out, the archers of the time only wanted longbows to be alowed...........

Muzzleloader season has gone the same route with inline front loaders and such as well as allowing percussion smokepoles.......

Dunno.................
Compounds and Muzzle loads that are modernized take the fun of the hunt out of it all.
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:53 PM
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How many folks hunt with a crossbow?
I don't, but had one that I pickud up used & got rid of it before even using it. Just didn't hve the time.

Do you agree with using them during the regular archery season or should there be a seperate season?
I think they should be with the regular archery season.

How acurate and how far are they good for?
Don't rightly know. Been told they are very accuate though.

What's the largest game you would hunt with one?
I see no reason to place a limit on the size of the game. They are more accuarate & as much or more power than a compound bow, so moose, elk, mule deer, whitetail, big horn sheep, black bear should all be considered. I know a lot of hunters that have taken moose, elk & bear with a compound, so go for it.
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:37 PM
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i bought one last yr but did not get the chance to use it...i have the horton legend 175...very, very accurate...i would not hesitate to shoot at 48-55 yds..of course i have practiced plenty at that range...i took a doe at 43yds opening weekend...made a perfect hit...when we skinned and opened her up i was very shocked at the damage that it did...her lungs were literally shattered to bits...exit hole was about 2-2 3/4 inches...she traveled about 30yds max after the hit...lots of blood on the trail...i have had this discussion with one of my best friends...he says that it is cheating...well, i do not consider a compound to be any more primitive than a crossbow...i tell him that when he puts one down with a longbow then he has a point, until then shut the he11 up...getting an animal within 40yds with any type of bow is the challenge in my eyes...i wouldn't hesitate to shoot at any animal except a bear...i would want a gun-period...
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Old 10-27-2006, 12:18 AM
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It's been legal in TN for a couple of years for anyone to hunt with one, not just handicapped. I figure, another year or two, and they'll be available second hand at a good price. I finally broke down last year, and bought a compound.I haven't hunted with it yet, I like my recurve bow.
do you run a few decades behind crawdad?

the compound bow has been popular for about 50 years and you just bought one last year?

by that math, when you are about 105 years old, remind me of this thread and I'll buy you a 2006 year model crossbow.

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Old 10-27-2006, 05:24 AM
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my opinion on them is they should only be legal for the handicapped hunter during any legal bow season.
Why is that Geo?
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Old 10-27-2006, 05:58 AM
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let me say this you woulnt find a more challenging way to hunt.especially wild pigs
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