Over my cold and dead body will I allow anyone to pollute my archery season with the use of a spear. Have you any idea of the ballistic advantages of a spear?
Not to mention the size hole they make.
This could be another tool to bring more hunters into the woods, increase the economy, someone else to stand by your side against the antis etc, ect. Interesting knee jerk reaction you had..... Same as some of the people opposed to crossbows perhaps? Interesting....
"I guess that is the fundamental difference between hunters like you, and hunters like myself,smoothbore, wack, woodswalker,etc. It isn't always about us. It's about the sport and it's future. About what we'll leave for our kids. I look at an issue like the CB and the first things that cross my mind are: How can we take advantage of this? How many new hunters (statewide, not in just my little corner) will join the sport? How many of them will be youngsters? How will my local economy benefit?"
This discussion took a definite turn toward the dark side, IMO very unfortunate. But I think DoeEyed is right, allowing the use of Crossbows could bring more people into the sport, or broaden the opportunities for others to increase the amount of time they spend hunting and what's wrong with that? Now, I live in Mississippi and in Mississippi there is no CB season. Nor is a CB allowed during the archery only season. CB are allowed during the primitive weapons season only (which includes muzzleloaders, arhery, and single shot rifles such as the Handi-rifle) and require an additional permit. I enjoy the challenge of using my muzzleloader, but I don't begrudge anyone who uses a Handi-rifle during the PW season any success they may have. I view the use of a bow or CB the same way.