I have not been into archery hunting much the past 5 or 6 years. I find myself duck hunting or small gaming instead. This year I decide I want to spend more time archery hunting and decided to look into crossbows. I did alot of research and decided on the Excalibur Equinox. I shot it and knew I had to have it. It's been a while since I bought a new gun or a bow so why not. I could not believe the the flak I have been getting from my fellow hunters, friends and strangers alike who are within ear shot of your discusion and want to voice their displeasure of using one. Even my own son is shaking his head in disbelief that I bought one. The way I see it, I shoot it well and am more accurate than with my other bows. How can that be a bad thing. I just looked at it as another way to harvest deer. Truthfully, I'm looking forward to using more so in the second archery season as opposed to my flintlock in Dec. Is anybody else running into the same flak or negative responses from people having issues with using them? Well all I have been saying to the critics is "the proof will be hanging on the meat pole" (hopefully).