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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Warren, Pa - Clarion Co. Camp
Re: Antlers trump antlerless
It seems like common sense to me.
More opportunity beings more people to partake....specifically when it's easier. It isn't archery <span style="font-weight: bold">season</span> that's so popular as much as it is <span style="font-weight: bold">crossbows</span> themselves. Take them out of the mix and the numbers drop right back down to pre-crossbow levels. Basically, we've taken a season that everyone seems to envy but was unwilling to go through the steps to utilize (be that physical limitations, cost, time, whatever) and made it much easier for anyone.
That's not a dig on crossbows or their users. I don't care what you or anyone else legally hunts with. It's simply a fact that using a crossbow is far easier than mastering a bow....especially under pressure.
Add in the fact that kids can shoot a suitable draw weight with a crossbow and older folks too and you have a recipe for more hunters taking advantage of the season.
You really under estimated the ramifications of the boondoggle you have just perpetrated!