Well...I disagree with all of the negativity towards using crossbows in PA. It gets more hunters into the woods which gives all of us a chance to show opposition to the current political and activist stance on eliminating hunting completely from our society.
That said, I also believe that using a crossbow is a every bit as challenging as using another kind of bow. The archer still needs to get close to the game to harvest it. By close, we're talking 15-40 yards. Crossbow bolts drop dramatically after that distance. Also, compared to a recurve or longbow archer (with a back quiver), a crossbow user cannot load a second arrow/bolt as quick. It requires putting the bow down, stepping into a foot stirrup, using a cocking rope and pulling the string back to lock it with a loud click...then putting the bolt on the bow. Compare that to reaching behind you, grabbing an arrow and nocking it. Way less movement.
It all depends on the archer and his/her pratice regimen, too. I just helped a hunter drag out a doe that he shot with a crossbow. The 1st shot was high (almost a spine shot). His 2nd shot was in the neck. The doe was still alive and struggling. I had to show him where to place his last bolt and made him stand 1 yard away to shoot. We gave her a few minutes to pass before I helped him drag her out. Now, do I fault the crossbow because of those shots?? No, I fault the archer whose obvious lack of practice and distance judging caused the poor shots.
Remember, a lot of similar "complaints" were made about compound bows when they were introduced...
BTW...FWIW...I shoot a Mathews Switchback XT and a Martin recurve.
Just my $.02
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