Bill allowing crossbows during MT archery

wllm1313

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@Scott85 How often do you spot and stalk hunt, the adavantage is not having to draw. It’s the reason every western state has a left off requirement for compounds.
 

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As someone said early this whole thread is "redumbdant" but there clearly is a difference between eastern and Western hunting in this regard. When you buy a license in VA you get six deer tags and nobody could care less how you get them. Similar to Wyoming, you get a tag and they don't care how you fill it. But when over the counter tags, or special archery tags are issued, it's an issue when a clear advantage is given to the hunters.

I own one and it has two clear advantages: I don't have to practice as much and I don't have to draw.
 

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there clearly is a difference between eastern and Western hunting in this regard.
Exactly.

Game management objectives

East- Goal: to control a large, increasing ungulate population as hunter interest is decreasing

West- Goal: manage a stable/ decreasing population of ungulates, while maintaining the greatest opportunity possible, while hunter interest is increasing
 

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I can understand the adverison to maybe the air gun that fires an arrow but not a crossbow. I don’t feel that a crossbow offers any real advantage over a compound bow. I also think that if it even gets one more person hunting then it should be allowed. But at the end of the day it’s their state and their rules.

I can't count the number of times I've been busted when drawing, or passed up drawing on an animal when in close. HUGE advantage to a crossbow!
 

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I get the whole advantage / disadvantage of draw or no draw at time to sling a bolt or arrow though the intent of the OP is about disabled / over 70 years of age vs regular g.i. Joe hunter...

SB 174 would allow people disabled or over the age of 70 to use crossbows during the regular archery season. It will be heard by the Senate Fish and Game Committee on Tuesday, Feb 5th.

Tell me your thoughts... Is it allowed in your state? Did it start with similar restrictions and morph into no restrictions such as is the case in Wyoming and PA?

rg
 

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Age and disability exceptions for crossbow have my full support, who's going to be the A hole that says no to that? That is by design of course. It is just the foot in the door.
 

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Age and disability exceptions for crossbow have my full support, who's going to be the A hole that says no to that? That is by design of course. It is just the foot in the door.
In Montana crossbows are already approved for hunting during the general season and before and after in Weapons Restriction Areas, thus a long season of opportunity is available for crossbow hunters.

Physical limitations of disabled hunters allow those hunters to acquire a Permit to Modify Archery Equipment to let them modify conventional archery equipment to hunt during the Archery Only Season. In fact, Montana Bowhunters Association assists disabled bowhunters in modifying their archery equipment and going afield to hunt.

Crossbows are more closely akin to rifles than archery bows. Crossbows shoot a short metal bolt, rather than an arrow. Crossbows, much like firearms, are mechanically cocked, then fired pulling a trigger. Crossbows employ a sighting system much like a rifle and often are equipped with optical scopes. The crossbow is much easier employed as a hunting weapon and, if allowed during the Archery Only Season, would significantly transform the challenging aspect of "archery" hunting.

No problem exists regarding opportunity for crossbow hunting. Please refrain from crafting legislation to solve problems which do not exist.

For the aforementioned reasons, I am going to be an "A hole" who remains opposed to allowing the use of crossbows in Montana during the Archery Only hunting season.
 
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