Let me be clear on a couple of points. One, I have no problem with the crossbow regs in Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois or any place that I don't hunt or live. Actually I don't have a problem with the crossbow regs where I do hunt and live either. Iowa and Missouri require a medical waiver during archery season. Two, I do not advocate the use of rifles in archery season either. My point was that for someone to say that I am not willing to share the woods is pretty hypocritical unless they are willing to share the woods with all comers. The safety issue does not hold water. There are many states with overlapping bow and gun seasons.
I am glad that there are various, separate seasons set up for hunters of various interests, schedules and skill levels. I don't think we should all share the woods at the same time and limiting seasons according to weaponry seems to be a great way to sort it out. I don't mind the prospect of adding a crossbow season, but I would prefer that the bow season remains as it is.
One more observation on this topic. I just filled out a Missouri rifle hunter satisfaction survey that was sent in the mail. I was randomly selected because I had purchased a rifle tag. All of the questions were limited specifically to my experiences and opinions regarding rifle hunting, except one. They asked if crossbows should be allowed in the archery season. If crossbows are archery, then why are rifle hunters being asked this question?