I started in the 60's with a homemade longbow and cedar arrows. When the budget allowed, I purchased a Shakespeare recurve, and harvested my first couple of whitetails. After the Allen invention, I discarded the recurve and bought a Jennings Model T and never looked back!
That clunky compound and its three pins resulted in a nearly yearly supply of venison, but this began to lose its appeal at the end of the 80's, and I totally quit archery.
My son convinced me to get back to the early archery season, so I had a longbow built and began enjoying the practice, and the time afield once again.
In all this time, compound technology advanced, non-stop. And, in all this time, my ability to draw the longbow, became a frustrating and painful experience. Using a crossbow with the proper permit became an option, but I felt I would simply give up archery.
I bought a crossbow at the start of the three year sunset option, and enjoyed several evenings with my grand-daughter by my side. I have yet to harvest a deer with my crossbow, in fact the trigger has never been pulled.
The technological advances added to the modern compound made way for the inclusion of crossbows, and thousands of Pennsylvania hunters/archers appreciate this new-found fall season opportunity.