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I think it is weird. Crossbows are fully legal in Arkansas, and yet if one posts that they used one, or wants information, it is as though they had some sort of dread disease like leprosy.

I use my compound for most of my hunts, but if I am in a ground blind because of weather or other circumstance I use my Horton crossbow. I'd like to think that doing so and posting about it might be welcomed more warmly than the current "chill" in the air climate regarding crossbows. If it were not legal I'd accept it, but this "we are better than you" attitude needs to cease. As hunters we all need to get each other's backs, and welcome all forms of legal harvests. :banghead:
 

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Hunters are their own worst enemy. Some spend all their time bashing others and they're chosen method of hunting. Hunt how you like! All I care about and all any of us should care about is that you hunt!
 

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You still gotta get'em close with any bow.You miss with a crosbow like any others. I've hunted with both,most times I take my crossbow,cause I don't get to shoot my compound alot with my summer work load,and I don't feel as confident.
 

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As long as you're putting critters in the deep freeze (legal like) well, isn't that what it's all about? :biggrin:

I'm considering doing some of the modern gun hunt with a flintlock just for fun. I'm not gonna say nothing about all the modern gun folks, though--as long as they're legal, it's groovy. If everybody had to shoot or hunt the same way every time, how boring would that be?

I've got an old Horton Xbow myself, it's been gathering dust for too long. Maybe it'll get to come out and play. I'm not gonna sell my compound, though!
 

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I couldn't agree with you more befus. I used to have a crossbow, and I might get another one soon to hunt in the blind with my son, but too many people do treat crossbow hunters like they are second class. If it's legal, then the AGFC must deem it necessary to help keep the critters in check.
 

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You still gotta get'em close with any bow.You miss with a crosbow like any others. I've hunted with both,most times I take my crossbow, cause I don't get to shoot my compound a lot with my summer work load, and I don't feel as confident.
Exactly. As I have gotten older I find that either cocking a crossbow or repetitive shooting with a compound can, and does, cause my elbows and/or back to get pretty ouchy. I also do know that I can get ready to hunt ethically with a crossbow in less time and physical strain than a compound. As I get even older I see the crossbow taking more hunts than the compound whether I really like it or not.
 

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I'm perfectly able to hunt with a compound, but I prefer a gun. When gun season isn't open I'm in the woods with my crossbow. I wouldn't have it any other way, and I don't care much what other folks think. You're not alone :wink:
 

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The X-bow is a good weapon for those of us with physical difficulties of drawing a bow. After breaking my back I don't think I could ethically hunt with a compound. I can't pull back much and can't practice enough to get good enough with it.

For those without physical limitations, it's just as legal as a 338 during gun season and I think that is way too much gun. But that's my opinion, and at the end of the day it doesn't make a hill of beans difference.
 

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I used to hunt with a compound....quit, because of shoulder problems.......then a few years ago, I decided I was going to bow hunt again, so I bought a Xbow...I don't care if I am treated like a leaper because of it...hell I'm used to it...for 25+ years, I hunted with handguns only, and people thought I was crazy..funny thing is, I killed deer and they didn't...my freezer was full :biggrin:

To each his own!!! that's why this is still a free country!!!!
 

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perosnaly, I would reather a compound bow. Mostly because I shoot one almost every single day. I have very little aginst cross bows or the people that use them. One thing I do not like about them is conetic energy. With a short arrow (or bolt) there isnt alot of mass to transfer energy to the target. Heres an example. If I throw a ping-pong ball at you and a golf ball at you; both haveing about the same speed; with will hurt worse. Alot of people ask me about cross bows because I do shoot so much. I tell them that shot placement is extremely important because of the conetic energy. A good shot from a cross bow will kill anything just as good as a shot from a compound bow. Good luck.
 

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perosnaly, I would reather a compound bow. Mostly because I shoot one almost every single day. I have very little aginst cross bows or the people that use them. One thing I do not like about them is conetic energy. With a short arrow (or bolt) there isnt alot of mass to transfer energy to the target. Heres an example. If I throw a ping-pong ball at you and a golf ball at you; both haveing about the same speed; with will hurt worse. Alot of people ask me about cross bows because I do shoot so much. I tell them that shot placement is extremely important because of the conetic energy. A good shot from a cross bow will kill anything just as good as a shot from a compound bow. Good luck.
One could argue that kinetic energy has nothing to do with bow hunting. No bow has any "knock down" power to speak of. Killing power is more about good sharp broad heads and shot selection than anything. If you can get good cut path inside the vitals of an animal and a pass-through, it's enough energy.

A clean bow kill is about maximum hemorrhage in the vitals, not power.
 

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It's all about what's right for you, be it compound bow vs crossbow vs longbow or recurve. A few compound users knock crossbows and some traditional guys thinks both compounds and crossbows are wrong, if it's legal and used according to the rules, ain't nobody got a reason to complain about what somebody else uses. If you don't like some weapon, don't use it, but don't tell me ( or anyone else) they are cheating some how by using a legal weapon. Same goes with muzzleloaders, if you want to hunt with a flintlock, fine, but an inline with a scope is OK too, they're both legal. I'm go'n to use what I want and I don't really give two hoots what someone else uses. By the way, I shoot a longbow, an inline muzzleloader, with a scope, and a 25/06 bolt action rifle for modern gun.
 
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