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Crossbow? Gun Season?

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Lcornice, does the DNR intend to keep allowing crossbows for use during the regular gun season? I was thinking of giving one a shot next year but don't want to drop the $$$ on even a starter model if it would be useless for deer hunting.

Also, before anyone jumps down my throat, I love my bow and plan to continue using it during archery season, but I thought I'd try a crossbow during gun since its allowed now. So let's not make this a debate against crossbows, because I do not feel they should be allowed during archery season so case closed. I'm more about slightly extending my range during gun season in our woods another 15-20 yards without having to use a gun (which I could do legally according to the 500 foot rule but don't feel safe about).

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I suppose I could just e-mail Lou too. That's more efficient and direct. In the meantime, Anyone have a crossbow or use on they'd recommend?

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That change came directly from the legislature so it's in statute and can't be changed unless they pursue it. To be honest, I heard nothing last session about reversing the statute so my guess (and it's only a guess) is that it'll remain in effect. I'm also pretty sure the agency doesn't plan on seeking a legislative change. At least I'm not hearing anything.

But, I've been wrong before so take it with a grain of salt. For example, the legislature moved the rifle/shotgun line a couple of years ago and then moved some of it back last year.

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I have friends back home who have decided to use crossbows during rifle season for the same reason and they have been able to put quite a few deer in the freezer doing so. So I would not be afraid to give it a try.

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what kind of effective range does a cross bow have? a buddies dad has one and he said he wouldnt shoot over 30 yards with it.

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I have help with a handicapped archery hunt every fall in North Dakota for years. What I have seen over the years, even with a very good crossbow, thirty yards is about max. They shoot well but lose energy very fast.

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Thanks Lcornice. And I've read articles that say you can split bolts consistently at about 50 yards and within once you've got it sighted in the way you want. And then people say, like in this post, that it gives you no more effective range than a bow. Either way, I'd want to shoot one for a bit before I buy to see for myself.

Right now, I don't want to shoot any farther then 30 yards with my bow. A potentially wounded deer just isn't worth it. But if I'd have been able to go out to 50 yards the past few gun seasons (this one not included), I'd have had some shots at some really nice bucks.

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I have helped out a guy that shoots one and my Dad has a great cross Bow. Just like harvey Lee said after 30 yards they are done. You can shoot a Bow farther with more ac-rise than a cross Bow. But they are fast for the first 20 yards and then they lose energy really fast. The one good thing about them is you do not have to draw them back and wait for the shot, Just take the safety off and shoot. Less movement for sure with the cross Bow. I would like to shoot a deer with one as well.

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Thanks for the responses guys and big_shooter02, I'm not interested yet but I'll let you know if that changes.

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