Originally Posted by dpms
Personally, I just like to shoot and hunt with them.
I never realized it til I got one for my son at 12 and then hunted with them though how PERFECT they are for my hunting property. Our place we hunt is a rectangle, less than 300 yards across and goes for about a mile. In the 5 years of ownership we have taken 17 deer off that land, 8 with a rifle/in-line,8 with a crossbow, and 1 with a compound. And not once have we had to leave our property to recover the deer, NOT ONCE and with yellow signs surrounding us completly that is HUGE to me, just HUGE...Now before guys say well you could do the same with a compound and some practice i will say I doubt it. Considering those crossbow kills were made from hunters 8-43 years old,+ in my experience you give me 8 vert bow kills to track and my guess is at least a couple are going to be over 200 or so yards and pushing the lines. The pinpoint accuracy of the crossbow has really helped eliminate those couple inches this way or that that give a deer just a little longer post shot lifespan than we want up there with <300 yards of width total. Once I realized this, well I now own 3 and am darn proud of it too as it is a deer micro-manager's dream weapon to extend the season and get more close range views before the shot for all hunters.
I know it will someday happen with the crossbows or even the rifle that I will have to go see a neighbor and cross the line (some I already have that agreement with and we are highly respective of it all around), but the only deer to make it off our place on their feet so far have been misses and no shots, I am DARN PROUD of all my hunters for making that happen
no matter what they are shooting at them with. DARN PROUD as it also turns a small slice of a great hunting hill into a GREAT PLACE for a families to hunt, without all the troubles of dealing with neighbors you just rather not have to go see during your hunting days there. It is all happening on our turf and that is big to me as the smallest property owner on the hill.
And for that I say...from my cold dead fingers on our Parker crossbows, 8 deer hate ya, 4+ hunters love ya.
For those that hunt real tight spots, where access around you is less than let's say welcoming..I highly recommend them, it is the perfect club to pull out of the golf bag for that situation, not to mention how many hunt days it adds to all members of your hunting gang. Best thing since we sharpened that first stick and threw it at something.
I still have my compound and recurve, but they are not my first choice for knocking a deer down within those parameters and since that is where we hunt 90% of the time now they are getting dusty. Someday on the recurve when I got days on end to fill, but not right now and not up there.