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CROSSBOW REGULATIONS AT ITS January meeting, the Board of Game Commissioners gave final approval to allow all archers to use crossbows in both the archery deer and archery bear seasons for 2009-10. Under the new regulation, a crossbow must have a peak draw weight of at least 125 pounds. The bolt must be equipped with a broadhead not more than three inches long and at least 7/8 inches wide, with at least two cutting edges on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface. Also, the Board adopted an amendment to prohibit the use of magnifying scopes for archery equipment, including crossbows, during the archery deer and archery bear seasons. The use of nonmagnifying scopes, such as a red dot, continue to be legal. Scopes with magnification can still be used on crossbows during the general firearms deer and bear seasons, and elk and turkey seasons. The approved proposal also removes the lawful use of crossbows during the October muzzleloader and flintlock muzzleloader seasons. specially designed inserts that put extra weight at the front of the bolt. This moves the balance point forward, increasing both accuracy and penetration. Crossbows do not offer the tuning features of conventional bows, such as an adjustable arrow rest and movable nocking points, which can make getting a broadhead to fly properly frustrating at times. The best broadhead choices for crossbows are small low profile fixed-blade heads or mechanical heads. Two of the broadheads I have had excellent results with are the 100-grain 3-blade Grim Reaper mechanical head and the 150-grain BOLTcutter broadhead by Excalibur Crossbows. The 150-grain BOLTcutter is a fixedblade head, and the extra weight is designed to add weight to the front of the crossbow bolt for proper balance, increased accuracy and penetration. There are many good quality broadheads on the market, and the only way to determine what works best in your crossbow is to shoot them before you head to the field. Crossbow bolts do not snap on the string as a normal arrow does and, therefore, they have a different style nock. They come with either flat nocks or half moon nocks. The style of nock that works best with any crossbow depends upon the design of the trig60 ger assembly and the angle at which the string impacts the bolts’ nock when fired. Each manufacturer will specify what nock style works best with its bow and the best accuracy and performance will be realized by using the nock recommended. Summary Based on my more than 50 years of bowhunting, I know firsthand that 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. For me, I see crossbows simply as another choice. Personally, I enjoy the extra challenge involved in hunting with a bow, and next fall I’ll be carrying my conventional bow. For those of you presently using a crossbow, or those who are considering it, I hope the overview outlined in this column will be of value in putting you on the right track. The important thing to remember is that no matter how you hunt or what sporting implement you use — hunt safely and ethically. Respect the rights and choices of others and help preserve our hunting heritage for future generations. 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
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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 - 59
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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