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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Tioga and Potter Counties
In referencing the original post by NanookOdaNorth, I concur and would like to add another problem I constantly see on message board, threads, etc, and that is the weapons division some hunters have that hinders the future of our sport. I am referring to the "you gun hunters", or "you bow hunters", or "you ML hunters". This comes up every time there is any discussion involving season starting dates, number of deer taken, season overlaps, use of Florescent orange, etc.
I came into archery hunting long after the debate and arguments against compound bows. I worked in an archery shop during the debates and arguments against crossbows. What ended up being a failure for the PGC was the thought that crossbows would drastically increase the total number of hunters. What happened was the number of hunters remained the same or decreased, the number of archery licenses increased due to hunters buying crossbows.
Given that, IMO, there is no reason for someone to sit back and repeatedly say "the archers are killing all the bucks before I even get into the woods". We are all hunters. Spend the money on the license, spend the money on the tool, whether it be a rifle, vertical bow, crossbow, flint lock, shot gun, or inline muzzleloader. We have got to get out of the "one tool" for everyone mentality.
Wishing I was at camp!