Ok, let's really fire things up
Why vote no ?
Because crossbows shoot like a rifle ?
False - The arrows from a crossbow actually drop faster than a regular compound bow and do not have the same energy. So they do not shoot farther or "harder" than a regular bow.
They are the weapon of choice for poachers?
False - The facts show that crossbows are involved in a very small percentage of poaching incidents. Poacher rarely use any kind of bows, they aren't interested in tracking
You believe in hunting with a "Traditional " bow
What's more traditional than a bow that began it's life in Medieval times. Can you call today's bows "traditional " with all their wheels, sights, cables, I think not ! Why don't today's archers use LONG BOWS with wooden arrows. A very very few do, most don't.
Because they want every advantage they can get !
Crossbows give an unfair advantage ?
The only advantage they give is eliminating the noise and motion of drawing the arrow.
They also give a benefit to the archer that does not practice as much as he should to be proficient with a regular bow. Whether the lack of practice be do to lack of time or physical limits, this lack of practice with a regular bow can and does result in wounded and lost deer. Would eliminating this be a bad thing ?
There are many people out there now that are not in the field now do to minor disabilities. Disabilities that are not severe enough to meet New Jersey's strict Handicap Permit process.
Allowing Crossbows into the fields of New Jersey will allow more people to once again enjoy the sport of ARCHERY HUNTING.
More people involved in the archery sports ( strength in numbers )
Less wounding of deer ( who doesn't want that )
More deer harvested ( what the State wants )
Just these benefits should warrant a YES vote.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but decisions should not be clouded by myths.
Do I hunt with a Crossbow ?
Yes, in Pa.
I was issued a Pa. handicap permit several years ago, which has allowed me to take several trophy's in that state.My handicap is not severe enough to be issued a NJ. handicap permit. But when 20 arrows fired = 2 days of Advil for pain, my practice sessions with a regular bow are very limited. But I do practice, shooting through the pain, so I can be proficient enough to bow hunt in a state that does not allow crossbows to be used.
I know this is a hot issue, that will probably light a few people up, but let's just stay with the facts, and leave the emotions at the door ( DAMMIT )