The crossbow federation says that because a crossbow has two limbs, a string and launches a fletched shaft that it is the same as a bow and that is should be allowed to participate equally with bows during Bowhunting seasons.
We all know this is a bow.
And we know this is a bow.
Both have to be drawn and held by the muscle power of the archer at the time of the shot and in the presence of game. Those two attributes make archery and Bowhunting what it is.
A the same time, we all recognize this as a gun. We can clearly see that this is not a bow. In fact, it's an AR-15 assault rifle.
So modifying the other end of this gun with this.
So that you have this.
does not make it a bow any more than adding an outboard motor to the other end would make it a boat or adding a spinning blade would make it a lawn mower............
It's a modified gun and as such, has no place in an archery season.
The crossbow lobby insists that it belongs in the woods with bows and bowhunters and as ridicules as that sounds, they did not stop there, Today they demanded that .50 ca. Machine guns be allowed to participate in trap and skeet events because both have a barrel and use gunpowder to fire a projectile.
They then demanded that Motorcycles be allowed to compete in the Tour De France bicycle race since both have two wheels, a seat, handlebars and carry a rider.
They insist that Jet skis must be allowed to participate equally with canoes since they both have a hull, seats and both are a watercraft that carries people.
They demand that chainsaws be allowed to participate in lumberjack competitions against buck-saws since both, Have a handle, a blade with teeth and are for cutting wood.
And that F-16 jets be allowed to participate equally in Ultra light plane events since both have an engine, wings, c0ckpit and can fly.
If the Crossbow Federation thinks a crossbow belongs in the same season as bow, then it's understandable that all these other comparisons make sense and that allowing advanced devices to participate equally with their lesser counterparts should be acceptable since they say they are practically the same anyway. They claim that user groups are just being elite and selfish by not allowing similar devices to share equally and participate with lesser equipment but we know better and so do they.
The PSE TAC-15 crossbow pictured above is married to an AR-15 Assault rifle and is for sale right now but crossbow makers are still in the infancy of crossbow design. The bow/gun hybrid of today will only get more sophisticated, powerful and advanced meaning that allowing the crossbow of today into the archery season is also allowing the gun/bow hybrids of the future into the archery season but by then, it will be too late to take these weapons out.