There has recently been a lot of controversy surrounding crossbow hunting. Advocates for using crossbows for hunting say this hunting tool allows hunters to get out into the woods more frequently and offers a sizable increase in the hunter successes. Those who oppose crossbow hunting claim it is an abomination to the sport and will have long term repercussions such as shortened deer seasons due to too many deer being captured early on in the deer hunting season. Regardless of which side of the crossbow hunting aisle one stands on, one thing seems for certain, crossbows are here to stay and have already left its imprint upon the hunting industry.
For years crossbows were illegal and only allowed to be used by those with a documented disability. However, today young and old archers alike are taking to the crossbow in increasing numbers and this bow has without a doubt revolutionized the hunting industry. Arguably one of the most exciting things about the increased awareness, and more and more states legalizing the use of crossbows for hunting, is the doors which it opens for young hunters. With the crossbow young hunters now have the opportunity to take part in archery season at a very early age. Crossbows allow young hunters the chance to get out into nature, sit in tree blinds with supervising adults, and learn so much about this sport, all while being able to operate a crossbow which they can handle and have enough strength to use, as opposed to some strong compound bow models. Learning the skill set required to hunt from a young age is sure to pay dividends when these hunters are able to enter the woods for the first time unsupervised, as they will already know the best ways to stay safe and have years of hunting practice from direct tutelage.
However, young hunters are not the only generation benefiting from the crossbow, and the older generations are also seeing sizable gains from this hunting tool. Older hunters have had to retire from the sport and hang in his/her bow because they no longer had the strength to draw back the bow. This problem has seemingly been eliminated with the crossbow and has allowed hunters, young and old; to take to the woods and enjoy a sport he/she loves so much.
The bottom line is that even if you do not agree with crossbow hunting, the tool has a necessary place in the hunting industry. The crossbow has opened the hunting world up to young children, and also kept some elderly hunters in the woods being able to participate in the sport which they love. Crossbow hunting may never appeal to you, however, its demand is most likely going to continue to increase, so hunters better get used to seeing it in action.