Maybe when I get old and decrepit I might go to a crossbow . I'll be 69 in Sept and still shoot a copmpound .
My son called one of the elite crossbow manufacturers and asked why they didn't have magnification on their crossbows and was told the guys at the plant that put them together "go out and test some of them and said they can shoot softball sized groups at 100 yards".
Ottie Snyder , a representative of Horton , said in an interview that
The Future of the Horizontal Bow
From the July 2006 Whitetail Journal Magazine
An interview with Ottie Snyder ( media specialist with Horton Manufacturing )
WJ -- Why have we seen such an increase in the number of states that permit the use of crossbows during bow season or have special crossbow seasons for whitetail hunters ?
Snyder -- Hunter numbers continue to decrease , however the crossbow is fairly easy for even a beginning archer to become extremely proficient with in a very short time . Youngsters , women and people who have never considered shooting a vertical bow can enjoy a crossbow and begin to hunt quickly . Too , older hunters who can't pull vertical bows any longer have found they can hunt effectively with a crossbow .
WJ -- What's another reason we've seen the crossbow grow in popularity ?
Snyder -- White-tailed deer numbers continue to increase nationwide , especially in Urban areas where hunting isn't permitted . We're seeing more deer/car accidents and landscapes like expensive shrubs being eaten by deer . Where gun hunting is unacceptable in suburbs , both bow and crossbow hunting can be safely used to help reduce deer numbers even in the most populated areas .
WJ -- What seems to be the largest section of the hunting population that's starting to utilize the crossbow ?
Snyder -- So far , it looks to be youth and women . But we're also seeing a number of Urban upper -echelon management hunters who spend five or six days a week at the office and have had to give up archery because they're so busy and don't have enough practice time to be proficient with vertical bows . But , a hunter can zero in a crossbow in 30 minutes and then be ready to hunt , without having to practice for hours like he or she will with a longbow . Today , people are so busy that when they have the opportunity to go hunting , even if they havn't had time to practice to be proficient , the crossbow will still meet their needs
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