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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Tioga and Potter Counties
Is the Crossbow industry becoming our enemy?
I'm posting this here, in hopes of getting some rational discussion. In any other forum it will get trashed and closed faster than #2 Duke trap.
I've been watching the feeds (on Facebook) from the 2019 ATA show. Most of the crossbow manufacturers are breaking out the latest and greatest crossbows in their line. Many of which are posting bolt speeds in excess of 400 fps, some in the 450 fps range. Seems the PSE crossbow on the AR base started it at 405fps about 6 years ago, now there is the Raven, and then Ten Point, etc, etc, etc.
Traditionally, archery has been a close encounter endeavor. The fury hit with the compound bow, which expanded the distances out to 40-50 yards, and then again with the crossbow, which some manufacturers are touting firearm accuracy at 100 yards.
Question for discussion- could the speed, accuracy, and longer range killing capabilities of the modern crossbow cause the deer kill numbers to increase to such a degree that it threatens the use of a crossbow in archery season? It's almost like "be careful what you wish for".
For the record, I use a vertical bow in the fall, and a crossbow in the second season (when tags are available) and a rifle in-between. I'm what you would call an opportunistic hunter.
Wishing I was at camp!