ORIGINAL: Dan Salmon
So, If I'm summarizing correctly, what it comes down to is, we want more hunters and hunter opportunity, but we don't want it to marginalize our hunting experiences.
In essence, yes, but not in my backyard. Maybe we should just call a spade a spade and say we don't want new hunters because it's allowing our hunting to be much better without them.
Well yes, you have me pegged to a degree. But I bet if we turn this argument on you we might find that you have your own limits as well.
I suspect that we all have things about hunting that we'd like to see stay just as they are. If not, do you mind telling me where your favorite stand is and when you like to hunt from it? May I have permission to hang a stand nearby? After all, I'd love to come to Wisconsin to do a little hunting and since you already have a favorite spot picked out...? Yes, it is an extreme example, but you get my point.
Part of the charm of bow season in Iowa is that it remains a quiet, low pressure season. Anyone is welcome to join, but they first have to develop basic archery skills or prove to a doctor that they are impaired to the point that it would be impossible or unhealthy to do so. I don't view my position on crossbows to be exclusive. Rather, I view it as an invitation to become an archer (I've helped more than a few to get into it). If this is not a good fit for a hunter, fine. We have a number of gun seasons to chose from.