Originally Posted by Bull Lifter
First off, I have nothing against them.
But my question is to the people that just started archery hunting and decided to pick up a crossbow. So here it is...
Did you ever want to try a longbow? What made you chose? And did you only come into archery becuase of the crossbow?
(this IS NOT a question for someone with shoulder problems or anything of that nature. I understand you can't pull a bow back, like I said earlier, I'm not against crossbows.)
Well I archery hunter before crossbows, but i will add this perspective.
I got gadgeted out of using my Compound, spending $100+ annually to keep my bow current, new rest, carbon arrows....only to develop some target panic From what I believe was all those gadgets, so i went to instinctive recurve for 2 or 3 years before crossbows became legal and had a blast shooting it, and although I loved the lore of carrying a beautiful peice of wood and traditional style turkey feathered arrows around the woods, and was practicing regularly then and hitting a water bottle just tossed around the yard nicely..in the woods I limited my self to 20 and under and even then I would not say I was confident a hit deer would die in the confines of my property that is only 300 yards wide and surrounded by heavily posted land. Truthfully after doing all the homework and prep I had to let some nice deer walk in the 25-30 yard range, it was frustrating to say the least and hard to justify leaving everyone else at home on Saturdays so I could go do that. I never got a shot in my 20 yard cricle in 3 years even at does. I got the first crossbow so my 12 yo could hunt archery with me, but it did not take long for me to realize that these crossbows were the perfect answer for our property so i jumped full in and got another...as seen in my other post here, 7 deer in 3 years, by 3 hunters 8-43yo, including my biggest buck ever, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY all died within 25 yards of impact and well inside our line (in fact in 18 deer kills + 1 bear kill in 5yrs with all weapons we have never
left our place to recover one, ever, I am proud of that and my hunters for getting it done that way)....I did not expect them to change the game as much as they did for us, but it has been the best hunting decision I have made as a hunting Dad and small property owner so far, NO DOUBT.
I got 3 new arhery season hunters in my house now, all becasue of the crossbow and all have very varied time to hunt and practice. But all want too... Good problem to have and has taken alot of the pressure of making time for all my willing hunters off of me by adding so many extra days to our collective calendars.