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#5964053 - 10/06/15 01:29 PM bow vs crossbow
Bigfoot Offline
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What are the pros and cons?

I like the idea of a crossbow personally but what say the hunting crowd?

Thinking about having one for next season

#5964071 - 10/06/15 01:39 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
Bill Waldschmidt Offline

Registered: 07/15/10
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Loc: Dallas
Seems like cheating to me, but its legal.

I personally like the challenge of bow hunting

#5964084 - 10/06/15 01:45 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 03/01/08
Posts: 533
Loc: Texas
Crossbows are easy to use and setup, little practice needed, very hard to reload quickly.

Bows easy to move around with walking/hunting, quick reloads, practice is required

#5964108 - 10/06/15 01:56 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 10/03/07
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Loc: Holland America
I agree with Bill.

I dont like the idea of xguns during Archery season but they are legal so that's about it.
I will add to helms by saying they have scopes and the xgun is held at a full drawn position.
My $.02 is that a xgun is the easy way out for an able bodied hunter. I do not believe that someone who hunts with a xgun should EVER call themselves a bow hunter.

Now with this being said, I think they are great for kids, older hunters or disabled hunters who cant draw a bow so I think they have their place. Also, anything that gets folks out hunitng is a good thing.
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#5964114 - 10/06/15 01:58 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
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It's legal. Do your best, still takes practice.

#5964125 - 10/06/15 02:09 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
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I think its a joke that bow hunters get a head start.

I bow hunt... with a bow, not an x bow and I do hunt during bow season, but its all my choice, bow hunters just want to say x-bows are cheateing etc. to keep others out of the woods longer and keep them from shooting "their deer". Why on earth does using a bow entitle you to more season? I hunted a property for years that didn't allow people to hunt during bow season because most didn't bow hunt... they didn't allow youth season hunting either because most were not youth, I didn't have a problem with either. You want to challenge yourself by bowhunting well that's great do it, but if your going to make it easier then its not about challenging yourself now is it. Don't matter what your hunting with as long as your out there hunting. up
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#5964135 - 10/06/15 02:16 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
winner Offline

Registered: 10/11/10
Posts: 807
Loc: McKinney, TX
I hunt with a crossbow... and I agree it is easier than bow hunting. During rifle season I hunt in a blind with a heater... and I also agree that it is easier than bow hunting. I also hunt the entire time with the assistance of a corn feeder... again, easier. Oh, and I use game cameras that let me know when animals frequently come by my feeder...
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#5964151 - 10/06/15 02:27 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 07/23/11
Posts: 712
Loc: Texas
Being handicapped and 71 years old I have purchased a cross bow. However, when I purchased it the sales guy was pretty snobbish about using a crossbow. So, I asked him what he hunted with? He said a compound bow to keep the "primitive" in hunting as it should be. Hello, compound bows are just about as technically advanced as any weapon can get! If he had said Long Bow he may have had a point. Oh well, each to his own.
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#5964158 - 10/06/15 02:31 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
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The main difference between the two is that you have to draw a bow once the deer is in range or close to being in range. This requires significant motion, whereas you only have to raise a crossbow to a shooting position and that can be done sooner and with less motion and held for much longer. Deer see motion well and particularly well at bow ranges. Also, shooting a bow does require a lot of practice to be proficient, where much less is required with a crossbow. Both are limited to about the same range.

I don't really view a crossbow as cheating because A)It's legal and B)I've seen enough guys either in a 25-30ft tree stand or in a pop-up/blind with a screen that both hide you while you draw, thus negating the draw argument. Plus, as pointed out above, it's another way to get people hunting. I like the extra season for that as well; more hunters = up

#5964165 - 10/06/15 02:33 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
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Originally Posted By: Bigfoot
What are the pros and cons?

I like the idea of a crossbow personally but what say the hunting crowd?

Thinking about having one for next season

Both kill

One weighes a ton the other not as much. One isn't always fun to try to load quickly and shoot and unload.

Both take practice to be competent.

Pick one or both and have fun!!! Why we hunt anyway

#5964183 - 10/06/15 02:42 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
phantom Offline
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I like to use a crossbow but only in regular season. It is legal so go for it. For me I keep with my bow.
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#5964200 - 10/06/15 02:47 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
brucet Offline

Registered: 02/28/13
Posts: 749
Loc: Richardson Tx
I had a compound bow, but had surgery on my neck so I will never be able to draw/hold one again
I plan to get a crossbow for next year

#5964209 - 10/06/15 02:50 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: brucet]
RLoving1 Offline
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Registered: 05/21/10
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Xbows have there place if a person wants to bow hunt and can't draw regular bow. How long ago was it the trad hunters were bent out of shape over compounds?
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#5964220 - 10/06/15 02:56 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bill Waldschmidt]
jshouse Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bill Waldschmidt
Seems like cheating to me, but its legal.

I personally like the challenge of bow hunting

"cheating" implies there is some sort of competition going on...who are you competing with while hunting?
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#5964221 - 10/06/15 02:56 PM Re: bow vs crossbow [Re: Bigfoot]
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The hardest part to bow hunting is getting close enough to kill a deer. That still applies to cross bow hunting. I got to where I just wasn't practicing enough with my compound that I didn't feel confident using it on an animal. Switched to a cross bow and one or two shots to see if it's still accurate and I'm good to go.

My Barnett is crazy accurate, but so loud that I won't take a shot over 25 yds.


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