Wow. Retch, that was well defended and factual. Bob, ....have you concidered perfessional psycological help? I hunt with every weapon from shotgun down to slingshot. That would include crossbow. I don't own a M/L yet, but that will come in time. I hunt in Ohio, which has a bow season that starts in oct and runs through Jan. Crossbows are allowed (for all) through out the season. During gun season or M/L season we simply add more effective weapons to the mix, and most people choose to use them, but not all. Some never use anything but a bow, some go out only for gun. Most like me, go out for everything. This works very well indeed. There is no animosity, no battles for supremisy, no wrangling of any kind. If a gun hunter and a bow hunter are in the woods togeather, there is no problem of any kind. It is just a different method of hunting, and respect is mutual. The bow hunter has chosen to hunt by a harder method. (You want hard, try stalking rabbits and squirrels with a slingshot!) I live and hunt in a state with full inclusion of crossbows in all seasons, and I can't see how this type of nonsense, does anything besides stir up resentment. I think you are hurting your own cause, I have cross swords with Retch before on crossbows. And yes Retch, it is still a powerful bow, on it's side, with a different kind of release!
So far, I haven't heard anything more useful, than a fart in the wind. I am clearly displeased by provable falsehoods.
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.