gentlemen, this is becoming tedious.
A few facts to get straight first.
1) Most crossbow are good out to about 50 yards max. I have two, and the longest effective range is 45 yards. I have a Barnett demon and a Horton. the Horton has the longer range. (Yes, there are a few high dollar crossbows on the market, that will reach out to 100 yards in the hands of an expert, but they are NOT the average hunting crossbow.)
2) The crossbow has been around in one form or another since 400BC (look up "belly-bow" if you doubt it)
it is a fine weapon with an impressive history. And nearly everything about the design of long guns, come from what was learned from crossbows.Not the other way around.
3)I hunt with rifle, shotgun, sabot gun, crossbow, longbow, compound, and even a slingshot. I am every bit as much a bowman as either of you,
4) crossbow is a bow. by it's physics, by it's history, and by it's very nature, no matter what your state has decided to classify it. My state calls a bow a firearm, and you are forbidden to use it inside city limits without special permits for park lands, (though many still do). That does not change the fact it is a bow, not a firearm.
5) there IS NO APPRECIABLE DIFFERENCE in the deer taken with crossbow, and those taken with longbow or compound. We use them all here with no difficulty, and no runaway winner in method. It is all bow hunting, and NO ONE get bent out of shape about it, like the crap I hear slung between the WI factions. it is an argument without merit. Wounded deer happen, no matter the method, and any responsible hunter tracks his kill to the best of his ability, no matter the weapon used.
6) this is an open forum. Open to all hunting, though mostly focused on deer hunting. And there are MANY methods to hunt them. Dogs are used in some states, but not others. Does that make them bad? No. some people prefer drives over still hunting, does that make them wrong? No. Some swear by a special camo pattern or call. Does that make them wrong? No, it may work for them. I'm tired of hear stupid comments about other groups of people because of the weapon they choose to use. It is a non-linear argument, it does not flow from one to the other. It is not cause and effect.
7) If you think this kind of talk or this kind of attitude toward other hunters using a perfectly legal and ethical method, is in any way helping our sport, you are mistaken. I am not suggesting "a united front against all the anti's use against us" type of approach, but one of tolerance for a method that may not be your own, but works for another hunter. A crossbow is a tool, just like another tool. Just like a bow, or a gun, it is a tool used by a hunter to kill game, and the tool says absolutely NOTHING about the character of that hunter.
You gentlemen slander a fine weapon, and assign character flaws to an entire class of hunter, based solely upon his choice of weapon. That is outrageous.
The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.