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Ethics: Crossbow vs. Compound Bow

I recently had this discussion with someone I work with. My thoughts are this - the crossbow is the more ethical choice between the two.

I feel that in the hands of an experienced 'archer' you are far less likely to wound an animal with a crossbow, than with traditional archery equipment.

I've stated this in previous posts and I own one of each. Please weigh in.

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Re: Ethics: Crossbow vs. Compound Bow

Next time you have a thought, just let it go j/k . This has been talked to death, and will most certainly lead to a huge Peeing contest.

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Re: Ethics: Crossbow vs. Compound Bow

I agree to an extent , Practice , Practice , Practice with either Compound Bow or Crossbow , I also have both , either can be ethical . most need to have good rest for shooting a crossbow , I use "The Knee Pod " with great results
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Re: Ethics: Crossbow vs. Compound Bow

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I recently had this discussion with someone I work with. My thoughts are this - the crossbow is the more ethical choice between the two.

I feel that in the hands of an experienced 'archer' you are far less likely to wound an animal with a crossbow, than with traditional archery equipment.

I've stated this in previous posts and I own one of each. Please weigh in.
Neither weapon is more or less ethical...IMO it is the hunter behind the bow. Not the weapon.
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Re: Ethics: Crossbow vs. Compound Bow

I personally do not like crossbows, but it isn't the equipment, its the handler. I view the crossbow as a shortcut to being profecient with a 'real' bow. I think most but not all of the hunters using them are not archers, they are hunters who wanted in on the archery season action.

That being said, the crossbow and the vert bow have no morals or ethics, that is entirely in the archer. in the hands of a person profecient with their weapon, and versed in anatomy and shot placement either is readily capable of doing the job.

the likely hood of game being injured with either is equal until you add in the other variables. those variables being us, the human element. I think that x-bow users are more likely to injure game than vert-bow users.

it is the man holding the the equipment that wounds game. not the equipment.

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Re: Ethics: Crossbow vs. Compound Bow

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I recently had this discussion with someone I work with. My thoughts are this - the crossbow is the more ethical choice between the two.

I feel that in the hands of an experienced 'archer' you are far less likely to wound an animal with a crossbow, than with traditional archery equipment.

I've stated this in previous posts and I own one of each. Please weigh in.
Neither weapon is more or less ethical...IMO it is the hunter behind the bow. Not the weapon.

Ding, ding, ding!!!! We have a winner! Neither has any distinct killing advantage. Put a razor sharp broadhead through a deer's lungs going 400+ fps with a crossbow, 150 fps from a recurve, or if I just stab him with an arrow in the lungs myself, he's gonna die just as quickly.
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Re: Ethics: Crossbow vs. Compound Bow

I kind of agree with oldtimer on this one, it's more about
the shooter than the weapon. Which is easier to get good at
shooting? The crossbow. With any weapon you should practice
with it so you are efficient with it. However; the crossbow
is alot like a gun and can be taken out of the box, sighted
in with a few shots. Traditional bows take more practice.
You must get your form, aim point, and release right. Plus
it takes some time to build the muscles needed to shoot a
bow well, a crossbow can be rested on something just like a
gun. I have shot both and it's easier to shoot a crossbow
well consistantly than it is a compound bow. Both are
ethical hunting weapons designed to do the task at hand,
it's up to the shooter to shoot it well enough to hunt with.

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Re: Ethics: Crossbow vs. Compound Bow

Crossbow guy here! Bought mine to get in the archery season. Very little time to get used to it and agree that it is very similar to a gun.
Ethical or efficient? As stated several times above, it is still up to me to hit the deer in a good spot. It is up to me to figure if it is a safe distance. It is up to me to make sure I know how to sight and shoot the bow.

Is this any different than throwing axes or knives? I think not and I for one am very thankful for the crossbow being allowed during archery.

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Re: Ethics: Crossbow vs. Compound Bow

I use a compound and sometimes a recurve. This year I harvested a buck and doe with a compound. The doe was a double lung shot at 25yds, she ran 7 yds and died. The buck was a double lung at 20yds, he ran about 20 yds and died. So in closing I agree totally with Oldtimer.

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Re: Ethics: Crossbow vs. Compound Bow

There are a lot of crossbow misconceptions out there. 400 fps exists in $2000 crossbow models, but in the 300-400 dollar crossbow...you are looking at more like 280 fps.

I have a Mathews Bow and a Tenpoint Titan TL7 crossbow. My bow is about 20 fps faster than my crossbow.

The vast majority of hunters are using the 'entry level' crossbows that shoot roughly the same speeds as the compound bows.

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