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How many archery hunters have switched or will be switching from a vertical bow to a crossbow?  Not because they had/have to because of age or disability either, but simply because it is easier.

There are several states that now have as many or more crossbow users than compound users.  There is no doubt that this has resulted in a significantly higher success rate in most areas and along with liberal doe limits has resulted in decreased deer populations (factor in EHD and CWD too).  While there has been an uptick in total archery hunters, most of the crossbow hunters are former vertical bow hunters or firearm hunters who jumped at the chance to lengthen their hunting time with little effort.

Will this lead to decreased opportunities for archery hunters?  I think it will.  I hope I'm wrong.

Also, the rising cost of new compounds is partly because of a drop in sales.  As compound design continues to focus on smaller size with more speed (same thought process as crossbows), the required research and design has to be paid for somehow and if sales volume drops then you have to raise prices to maintain revenue.  Archery dealers are feeling the pinch of reduced business due to lost sales.

For every choice, there is a consequence.  Sometimes good and sometimes bad, but seldom as intended.

A strange aside to this post comes from the TV show Mythusters Jr. in which it was discovered that a compound bow was more precise than a crossbow when both are fired from a machine.  I suppose that could vary from one manufacturer to another, or even from bow to bow.  Too bad we're not as consistent as machines.

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I bought one for the kids to use a few years ago. It's afforded us the opportunity to hunt together while they are too small to use a compound or shoot a slug gun. I actually enjoy shooting it and have hunted with it myself a time or two. My preference is still the old compound bow though.

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On 3/15/2019 at 6:35 AM, MUDRUNNER said:

I bought one for the kids to use a few years ago. It's afforded us the opportunity to hunt together while they are too small to use a compound or shoot a slug gun. I actually enjoy shooting it and have hunted with it myself a time or two. My preference is still the old compound bow though. 

I see that many hunters get their children into the field with them by way of crossbow use.  That is good, but I'm not sure if actually killing an animal is necessary to enjoy the outdoors and (depending on the age of the child) I'm not sure if a child can understand the relevance of taking a life.  The time spent together is what is important at a young age, or any age. 

I definitely could see the fun in shooting a crossbow, although here in Montana I could only hunt with one during rifle season.  Just target shooting could be quite enjoyable I'm sure, but I think I'll stick with my compound.

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Have had bad shoulders for a good while, think it stemmed from the abuse between lifting in my younger years and work.  Bursitis and rotator cuff issues.  I shot my bow at 70 lbs for a long time, I can still draw the bow without it hurting me without any problem, however the doctor strongly suggested not shooting a compound anymore.  I don't know if TN has really seen all that much of a rise in harvest during archery since it made it legal to use a crossbow during the archery season.  I have not killed anything with the crossbow I bought, just never seem to get decent deer to show up during our archery season.  

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