As usual the debate on crossbows gets off track with name calling and other diversions.
Allowing crossbows is about personal choice. The vertical archers want the personal choice to use the bows of their choice, people who like crossbows want the same right. This is not China or Russia, this is America!
Crossbows allow more people to hunt. There are all kinds of reasons we make personal choices and may want to hunt with the crossbow. We don't need people like Wright Allen telling us what we can and can not do. Wright Allen should take care of Wright Allen and let the rest of us make up our own mind.
Crossbows are a reasonable accommodation for those who have physical issues and may not feel they can use a vertical bow successfully. I am not just talking about the "approved disabled". Did you know in Michigan the vertical archery opponents of crossbow inclusion wanted to increase the disability required to get a disabled permit in that state? That's right, they were so worried that crossbows would get a foot hold into their state that they were willing to take away the right to hunt from the most handicapped. The Wright Allen's of the world say: 'weaker individuals and women can use 30# bows', find, but I don't see Wright Allen using a 30# bow himself. If you are a woman member of the Wisconsin Bowhunters, this should make you madder than hell.
Crossbows will have no more impact on deer numbers than compound bows have. But if you are worried, ban compounds too! But, be ready to loose about 95% of your membership since about that percentage of WBH's membership uses compound bows. While we are on this subject, why the disconnect. Remember when the archery community had the great debate about traditional equipment v. compounds? Back then those who supported compounds said inclusion of compounds into the archery season would be good for archery. THEY WERE RIGHT. Archery numbers grew, more people became involved, and it was a win, win for everyone. Now you say, the crossbow, which has the same success rate as compounds, will now destroy the the archery season in Wisconsin, but it has not done so in the other seventeen states where they are allowed?
Archers as a group are getting older, much older, and they will be leaving the sport if they are not given "reasonable accommodation". Data from many states show this to be true.
Young people have problems with weak bows. Yah, that's right, weak bows are so slow and weak that many deer are injured and run off rather than having a humane kill. That's a great way to start a young person off in hunting! Crossbow use can solve that problem. Start them off with a crossbow and when the kid gets to around age 17, they can switch to vertical bows. We know from data from Ohio this is what happens and it works!
If you are a WBH member, you are loosing members too. Why? Maybe you are turning away potential members. Why are you always following your most radical members? Maybe you should be asking yourself the question: Who are we... do we support archery and hunting or are we an anti-hunting group? What is the difference between PETA and the Wisconsin Bowhunters? Just a matter of degree. PETA wants to ban all hunting, WBH only want to ban hunting by those who want to hunt with crossbows during the archery season. No matter how you look at it, you still want to ban a type of hunting.
Maybe we should call the WBH, mini-peta.