Crossbows v. Compound Bows
Russ Chastain 11.27.19
When it comes to hunting, opinions can run from one extreme to another — and campfire discussions can get pretty heated at times because folks are passionate about, well, their passions. Hunting is certainly a passion for most of us, and our personal choices are important to us.
The thing to remember is exactly that: These decisions are personal. If you dislike crossbows, that’s fine — don’t use one. If you can’t draw a compound bow (I can’t, due to physical constraints), you should be able to use a crossbow.
Heck, if you think rifle hunting is not enough challenge for you and you’d rather use a handgun, that’s great! More power to ya — just don’t try to force your personal choices onto others.
And that’s the gist of the video below, which concentrates on the two most popular methods of throwing arrows. And while compound bows are more difficult to master than crossbows, both have roughly the same capabilities for hunting.
In many ways, the “crossbow vs compound” argument is a lot like what happened between users of traditional bows and early-adopters of compound bows for hunting. In the end, most of those old-fashioned archers came around and started using compound bows.
It’s also much like traditional vs. inline muzzleloaders. What’s the big deal? Use what you prefer, and stop worrying about what other folks are doing.
As Sturgis says in this video, if crossbows are outlawed or even strongly discouraged, that means 1) eliminating millions of hunters from participating, 2) causing unproficient hunting use of vertical bows, or 3) all of the above.
Jeff even goes so far as to challenge all “crossbow snobs” to take up the use of traditional archery equipment — meaning a longbow or a recurve — for the next five years.
The final words of the video say it all: “Just get out in the woods and enjoy the hunt.”