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Straight from the Bowstring The Naturalist’s Eye The Naturalist’s Eye John Tatum Kasun By By Tom Bonta ByMarcia Bonta Marcia Bowhunting is a close contact sport where anything can go wrong and usually does. Being successful takes dedication to detail and patience. While in some respects a crossbow can make it easier from a shooting standpoint, it does not make it as sure a thing as many people think. Crossbow Update T HERE IS AN OLD SAYING that goes, “The only person that likes change is a wet baby.” Well change was brought to Pennsylvania’s archery season in January when the Game Commission legalized the crossbow for use during the regular archery deer and archery bear seasons. It’s not my intent to argue the pros or cons of this decision, because I look at it as simply an increase in the choices available to the bowhunter. I lived through the legalization of the compound bow in Pennsylvania, and I don’t really see much difference in this decision. First, let me state that the bow is the implement of choice for my wife and me. Muzzleloaders and handguns come next, and the centerfire rifle is last. So, for us, nothing has really changed. Although my wife and I have taken many deer with both recurve and compound bows over the years, after serious shoulder surgery my wife is no longer able to use a bow. To continue to pursue her love of bowhunting she obtained a permit to use a crossbow and, with it, headed back to her favorite treestand. I mention this only because her involvement with the crossbow has given me firsthand insight and experience to the advantages and disadvantages of the crossbow, and I want to share that insight with those of you who are either using or considering a crossbow. Effective Range The crossbow, like the bow, is a short range sporting implement. Although a crossbow is capable of extreme accuracy, ethical hunting shots should be limited to 30 yards or less. Can you get a hit at 35 or 40 yards? Yes, but — and it’s a big but — everything has to be prefect. A deer has quick reJUST LIKE with most things, crossbow technology has come a long way in recent years. Scorpyd crossbows feature Reverse Draw technology and develop a power stroke of 20 inches for maximum speed at any given weight. 56 GAME NEWS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Forestry & Wildlife
Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Spring Gobbler Double Take
The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
The Bender Fields
Death of the Turkey Jinx
WLA is Solid Gold
Wetlands for Wildlife
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Forestry & Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Spring Gobbler Double Take
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Bender Fields
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Death of the Turkey Jinx
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - WLA is Solid Gold
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Wetlands for Wildlife
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Crossings
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