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New York Crossbow Issue Stinks Like a Gutpile

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Throughout the country where arguments rage about state wildlife agencies allowing crossbows for deer hunting, the same tired debates continue to stink like gutpiles in the sun.

Crossbows have been around for hundreds of years. They’re powerful. They kill deer. They’re a tool to be used like a firearm, a compound bow, a recurve bow, a stick bow. Properly used and with practice, hunters can effectively kill game animals with them with efficiency.

Crossbows were for the longest pretty much considered the weapon of “crippled” or “handicapped” hunters. State wildlife agencies required hunters with debilitating physical problems, amputations or other medical issues who could not use a compound or recurve (or firearm) to obtain a written explanation from a physician and meet specific criteria, such as “X percentage” of bodily disability.

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  • CaptTurbo

    I have hunted for decades with both compound and crossbows. The crossbow is absolutely less capable then a compound bow as distance increases. They are fine hunting weapons and do not deserve the kind of BS lies and attention the lame-stream media and Obrozo mis-administration give our guns, not that our guns deserve that either. A crossbow is a credible deer hunting tool. Leave them (crossbow hunters) alone.

  • Gary Janes

    I’m a dissabled Viet Nam Vet. 90% a cross bow has given me a way to hunt that I couldn’t do before. Washigton state has finnaly allowed them for the dissabled. ( not that the tree hugger game commision gives us much of a chance anyway). I have given up hunting in Washington, I’ll take my money somewhere else and hunt.

  • pduffy

    It’s the same reason shotgun hunters are required to put plugs in the guns. A useless regulation designed to generate revenue and humiliate hunters, as it does nothing to protect wildlife, but actually makes it worse. It’s a way to make the hunter bow down to the government. That’s what it’s about, and nothing more.