June 16, 2009
Discussion Topic: On The Crossbow Trend
By Dave Hurteau
This week, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council is expected to approve the use of crossbows during all deer seasons—including archery-only. Sound familiar? Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas have all passed or advanced similar legislation recently. It’s a trend not all hunters (especially bowhunters) are thrilled about. But at least in New Jersey, those opposed are in the minority—by a considerable margin.
From The Star-Ledger:
A Fish and Wildlife survey found 73 percent of resident deer hunters supported the expansion of crossbow use and 67 percent of deer hunters who reported hunting only with bows supported it.
Has the tide turned on crossbows? Will this trend continue? Do you expect to see most states allowing them in future archery deer seasons?