ORIGINAL: retch sweeny
[font=arial]Woods walker, this seems like some convoluted and round about way to justify why gun/bow hybrids should be allowed into archery seasons. If your stance has to rely on such tactics to muster a point, I suggest that your not standing on firm ground in the first place. Treestands................. Ladderstands.............. Debris blinds.......................Pop up blinds................... Tree slings................... Pogo sticks and trampolines are not the issue so why don't you just go for the big reveal and wow us with what you have obviously been bursting to say. [/font]
[/align][font=arial]I would add a big AH HA!!! (or Tada!) at the end and then you can you do the "I got ya!" dance. LOL .Spill it already. What could pop up blinds possible have to do with gun/bow hybrids in the archery seasons? It won't matter what my answer is because your not really interested in my answer, you are just looking for a way to change the subject. Get on with it already. [:D][/font]
HA! Retch, you have no point, other than to want to pontificate to others about what kind of weapon they should use, with no basis for your argument than other than your claimed ability to see into other men's hearts and souls, and a personal perception about what constitutes a "bow".
You don't like crossbows for healthy people during archery season. It's your OPINION. FINE! DON'T USE ONE!
You believe that a crossbow is not a bow at all, but a firearm/bow hybrid. It's your opinion. FINE! DON'T USE ONE!
You know what? NO ONE'S STOPPING YOU! Isn't that great? You have FREE CHOICE in the matter. Now......how about those who DO choose to use a crossbow, and who DON'T believe like you do that it's not a real bow? Should they not have the same freedom? And what other weapons or related decisions are YOU going to make for US? Why you, other than your psychic powers? [;)]
Finally, I'll answer your request even though you won't honor mine.
"Both [stick and compound bows] 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."
Okay then, so what makes bowhunting what it is, is the fact that you have to draw and hold the bow in the presence of game. This IS a challenge, and I agree with that. But shoot through ground blinds eliminate the challenge angle of it by completely masking the movement of the bowhunter, so that part of the equation is now moot. I guess you would then also agree that ONLY handicapped hunters should be able to use shoot through blinds then too? Why would it NOT be OK for the crossbow to have this advantage, while it would be OK for the other bows to have it?
That leaves you with only two reasons why crossbows=bad.
1. They LOOK somewhat like a firearm. Opinion.
2. While you still have to draw a crossbow, you don't have to hold all the draw weight after that. Just like a compound, which only holds 20% more than a crossbow. Fact. So what happens when compound technology creates a bow that only holds 10% or 5%? Are you going to be making that decision for us too?
Ultimately, we're going to have to agree to disagree.