photo courtesy of TenPoint Crossbows
By Daniel E. Schmidt, D&DH Editor
In two weeks, Wisconsin sportsmen will be asked for their input on a potential RULE-CHANGE that
would allow the use of crossbows during the state’s regular archery season.
The vote, which is only advisory to the state’s reg-setting agency, will at least
provide the rule-makers with some guidance. Such votes usually signal when or if rules
The crossbow issue divides many hunters. Some believe crossbows are good tools to
get more hunters in the woods. Others believe they should not be lumped in with regular
archery equipment because the crossbow offers too easy of a learning curve.
My thoughts? I’ve shot crossbows many times at shooting ranges, and, yes, they can
provide a novice with a short learning curve at distances of 25 yards and less. Hunting-wise,
crossbows are still a one-and-done proposition; one shot and that’s all you’re going
to get. I can shoot my compound bow much faster — and longer distances — with broadheads
than I can a crossbow. My dad, who has a disability, has shot a crossbow since 1999.
He never bow-hunted before shooting a crossbow, but he has ever since. I cannot put
a value on what that has meant to him and us. Just seeing him enjoy the September
and October woods while deer hunting has been priceless.
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the “crossbows during bow season” topic.
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