ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
Since a crossbow is much easier to use and should have a higher kill rate, I think there should be a separate season for them ( and a much shorter season at that).
Since a COMPOUND is much easier to use and should (does) have a higher kill rate, I think that there should be a separate season for them (and a much shorter season at that).
Drawing down on a deer is where most (if not all) of the trouble starts with a bow. I would guess 90% of failed bow hunts begin with the deer seeing movement from the hunter drawing down.
So I would assume then that you are also against the use of shoot through tent blinds during archery season also? The deer can't see you draw while you're in them either.
JPH [quote]What I would rather not see is a movement toward flooding the woods with hunters during the bow season as it is now.[quote]
First and foremost, never anywhere did I say the word "against". Lets be clear on that. To answer your question, no, I'm not against shoot through ground blinds. If a person wants to use a shoot through blind, go for it! Yes, you are concealing the draw but you are also adding stronger human scent to the equation by hunting on the ground. I personally don't think a shoot through offers that much of an advantage because of the fact that you are not mobile. You have no panoramic view and you are limited to what ever happens to walk in front of you. A tree stand offers more of an opportunity for a kill, unless you are hunting in an open area from the ground. Not to get off subject here, lets look at apples and apples here.
To answer your question, a compound does offer a greater advantage compared to a recurve. You are not comparing the same issues here. Both a recurve and a compound require you to draw
seconds before your target gets into range and a cross bow does not. So you may have one whole minute of holding a compound at full draw compared to a fourth of that time with a recurve. Bottom line: Neither gives you the advantage of being fully drawn all of the time. I have hunted the state of Ohio, with friends, where cross bows have been legal for decades and have seen deer walk in front of their stands offering many opportunities that I didn't have. Lets face it, you don't have to believe my opinion but if the individuals states didn't think the same way, every state would have a cross bow season!
Just for the record, I am not against it as previously mentioned, I just think there needs to be some tweaking with the rules. With regard to JPH's statement of "I am afraid that liberalized crossbow laws would lead to hunters who have avoided bow season up to now because they were unwilling or unable to develop the needed skills."
, I think that it makes it very clear that it is
easier thus requires less from the hunter.