Enough is enough.
It seems every time .I open a magazine, I read someone is once again on a soapbox about crossbows. I've always stayed away from the subject, with my thought being that everyone has their own opinion. Last issue changed that--one letter defined bowhunting to the extent of me thinking, "wait."
I don't own a crossbow even though it is legal here in Tennessee because I prefer to shoot a compound. Even in states where I would qualify for a permit due to back surgery, I still shoot a compound. There are people who don't have that luxury. There are also people who park in handicapped spaces just because they are closer to the Wal-Mart. I don't see their face when I shave. Their peers say, "Yeah, he's big but he shot it with a crossbow."
I saw a hunting show recently where the hunter switched to a crossbow because the shot would be farther and he only had one more day in that camp. Eating non-resident tags leaves a bad taste. If it it's legal, I have no problems with someone doing that. I have shot bucks on opening day of rifle season that were just out of bow range the day before. The result is the same except for the feeling of greater accomplishment. If we, are going to define bowhunting, maybe the members of the defining panel should go back to loincloth and spear. Now, there is a challenge.
Duke Turnage, Dyersburg, Tenn.