Jonny wrote:briar wrote:I don't think it's that people care whether or not people choose to hunt with crossbows. I think it's bothersome to hand drawing bow folks when crossbow folks want to treat the two tasks as equal and are demanding the tasks be treated as equal accomplishments.
To give a "beast" example. When a member shows up with a stud in the kill zone, all beasts are supportive, but one of the first questions asked is "public?"....
It's not trying to take away from the kill, but this site is based on the challenge of public land bow hunting. The kill is not diminished if it's on a private lease in Iowa, but it's certainly not viewed as "as much" of an accomplishment as the same deer killed in a Wisconsin swamp.....the perception and truth is, the public deer was a harder goal to achieve.
A crossbow or rifle kill is still an accomplishment, but there are levels to this game.
Definitely true. And if someone is concerned with others perception of their kill, then yeah they should use a compound or even a more traditional bow. Or open the can of worms if you want to try and pass something that is easier off as harder. Don’t demand equality for things that aren’t equal.
If you are only concerned with your own perception of your hunt (which I’d hope we all fall into this category) then it doesn’t matter what you use because who cares what other thinks. Personally I am out to hunt and kill deer so using a crossbow won’t cause me to lose sleep at night. But I also hunt for my own pleasure, not to look good in a crowd. I don’t see why we need to have separate seasons because it isn’t like crossbows are killing the herd more than anything else is. But in Wisconsin the licenses are either archery or crossbow, and kills show up as either one. The seasons just happen to align. Which makes sense because the lines aren’t drawn to make them equal.
The pope and young comment is laughable whoever added that. That’s the same organization that won’t even let people use lighted nocks. I also don’t really have anything good to say about a group that makes deer hunting a competition between hunters instead of how it should be, hunter vs the animal they are after.
Better read this Jonny.
https://pope-young.org/information/news ... sp?news=14