bullwinkle wrote:Maybe I am wrong on Retch - I thought I read somewhere he flip/flopped on crossbow because he owns an archery shop and saw $$$$
Yes I don't respect Retch -
Yes we get one tag, you are right on that. I am more anti-baiting than crossbow. You seem to like the chase and not the kill Kellory, I think you are not seeing the population of hunters that will be attracted to bow season with crossbows and bait piles.
If you are 55 you most likely are at the sportman stage of a hunter. No issue here with me and using a crossbow.
Glad that is cleared up. I will be 50 come next bow season. And I detailed on this site, why I made that choice of hunting crossbow. It has nothing to do with more range, it is more lethal. In short, I hit a doe who jumped the string, and by some wild gymnastics, and a full barrel roll, she intercepted my recurve driven arrow with her head, and it failed to penetrate enough to do any good. i tracked her for many hours, and many miles trying to finish the job, but she went on property where I could not go. There, she will have died slowly and in pain from the wound I gave her. Never again. If I take a head shot now, by chance or intent, it is fatal, everytime. Once I fire, or loose that arrow, or take that shot, I am responsible to follow through, and finish the job, even if that means it wrecks the rest of my hunt. That is just the way I was raised, you don't shoot unless you will eat it, you don't waste it, and you don't let it suffer.I owe that animal as clean a death, as I can manage.
As a Boy Scout (in full uniform, mind you) I saw a duck hunter leave the woods and walk to his car, and drop a string of ducks in a trashcan as he passed. You would not have believed the look on his face as a child, read him the riot act, calling him a scoundrel and a fool. It was loud and very public, as there were many people about (it was a state park I think) It never even occurred to me at the time, even though I had been a hunter myself for several years, that he was armed. It didn't register, I was so outraged. i was raised "waste not, want not" it is the difference of Right and Wrong, not how much challenge there is to it. The only thing i will shoot without eating it are predators,(yotes, ect) and I am working on an idea to tan the hides and use them for a rug for my hunting cabin, if I can get rid of the stink. We will see. So, NO, it is not a phase of my hunting career, it is a way of life. If you are willing to shoot it, make sure you don't waste it.
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.