I've seen a couple of things on here that are not really questions but rather opinions so I guess I will respond as I see fit. Correct me if I am not answering your questions.
In the past few years, there have been many proposals in WI concerning the use of Crossbows. When the CC has the spring hearings, there has been overwhelming favor of the use of crossbows. when it comes to things such as the "55 and older" kind of thing, the wbh has said they would agree to it and then when it comes time to put things into writing, they pull back.
This has happened a few times.
So-this year, we are not settling for this little by little garbage and letting the wbh start another smoke screen as they are famous for doing. They start no issue-issues to distract people from what the questions really are.
The way I see it, what the law currently does is make handicapped people pay extra for the right to use a crossbow (im handicapped and had to pay well over $600 for testing). This alone is not right.
2nd-why should one person have the right to tell another that he or she can or cannot use a method of hunting that has already been deemed safe to use.
whether you think crossbows are a "superior" weapon or not, it's false. yes they have scopes on them and use a trigger, but the scope doesn't bring the deer any closer to the crossbow's effective range which is almost exactly that of a compound bow and the trigger system ? when I shot compound bow, I used a release that had a pistol grip with a trigger.
either method requires the hunter to be within 40 yds or less to kill the animal so hunting skills are still needed. the drawing back of the bow VS. the raising of the crossbow is not even a debate as they both require movement.
the full inclusion of crossbows can be tracked very simply by anyone who wants to purchase an "Archery" license can hunt with a Crossbow or compound bow, or recurve or long bow.
When you register your deer, you can then tell the attendant that you used your compound or crossbow. you can keep track of it that way. no separate licenses need to be sold to make it more difficult.
maybe one weekend I want to use my compound and then the next week I want to use my crossbow. I should have that right and choice.
There should be no extra deer allowed to be harvested.
What has happened in other states is that the crossbows have been great recruiting tools to get people involved. After a certain age, many people go to the compound and traditional bows to get that "more difficult" thing and to take it up a notch. then after a certain age, they gravitate back to the crossbow.
so what crossbows do is not necessarily take away compound bow users, but gain new hunters that would have never taken up hunting and getting them into the outdoors.
This has been proven through the many years that Ohio has had crossbows as a weapon of choice.
If wbh would have embraced the crossbows as a method of hunting, their numbers wouldnt be decreasing right now, but increasing. but since they feel they own the woods, the deer and everything else in the state, they are losing members. according to the wbh, they are solely responsible for all of the deer, land and hunting rights we have in the state. while they have done a lot of good over the years, there were about 30 other organizations that also contributed to the natural resources of the state.
I used to be a lifetime member of the wbh and paid my dues many years ago. I was promised a magazine for life, to be invited to seminars, receive newsletters, etc. I have yet to receive anything from them other than some lapel pins for 7 years ahead of time and that was it!
the wbh have 6000 members (or so they state on their website-but their tax records show something in the 3400 range) and in 2011 there were 255,000 archery licenses sold in the state. That puts the wbh at 2.3 % of all the archery licenses sold in the state. Just because they yell the loudest and pay professional lobbyist to play the favors game in Madison, does not make them anything! They do not speak for the majority. in fact with those numbers, they don't even have enough members to speak for the minority, they are lower than that!
When I became disabled and found I could no longer get decent groupings with my disability, I had gone to the doctor and had them fill out the disability form and was still denied my permit, I had asked the absent minded people of the wbh what a disabled person could do, they said something along the lines of "well too bad for you, we can't help!".
Then a little while later they come out and say "oh, we are all for helping disabled people and promote crossbow hunting!" blah! blah! blah!
When I called them out on that subject, they denied it ever took place.
So, that is where I stand, why I am all for full inclusion and the right to chose for everyone, to get everyone involved and a choice of method-as long as all game laws are followed.
oh, and I saw someone posted something about wondering how many deer were poached with crossbows? well, if you have ever tried to shoot a crossbow from a vehicle you would know that it is next to impossible to cock it in the vehicle without the assist and to sneak up on a deer to shoot it in the field would be the same as a compound bow-they have the same distance capabilities. they are no more of a poaching tool than a compound.
oh, and they are not called "Bolts". a bolt is a projectile that has no flights, vanes or feathers to aid in the flight path. The Crossbow uses arrows. just because they are 8 inches shorter does not make them different!!!
OK hope this answered some or all of your questions. I'm not Ron Ron the Cheating Wanna Be! I just have a busy life outside of the forums. sorry for that.
If you guys respond and keep this thread going, please give me time to respond because as I said earlier, I am working 7 days a week, 12 hour days. the checks are great, but I don't run home and worry if somebody posted something somewhere.
I do wish everyone a Happy Easter and hope to see you at the Deer and Turkey Expo (if I can get off of work to attend). I will be in the Wisconsin Crossbow Federation booth if I get to go.
Also, no matter what you think or feel, try and get to your spring hearings and vote on April 8th. we cant complain if we don't vote!!!