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returned to archery hunting because they
could use a crossbow. In 2016-17, the
same description applied to 33 percent.
And while crossbows might still have
their critics, fewer respondents - 15 percent - said crossbows no longer should be
legal for archery hunting, and more - 72
percent - said they should remain legal.
In 2013-14, only 66 percent of all
respondents said they should remain
legal, while 19 percent said they should
be outlawed.
Maybe it's a matter of more hunters experiencing crossbow hunting for
themselves, or just getting used to an
opportunity for others that doesn't seem
so new anymore.

Hunting impacts

Perhaps expectedly, as crossbows have
become more popular, they've accounted
for larger portions of the overall archery
deer harvest.
In the 2017-18 seasons, 61 percent of
the deer taken with archery equipment
were downed with crossbows. That's a
7 percent increase in just four years. In
2014-15, crossbows accounted for 54
percent of the archery harvest.
But what has held relatively steady is
the percentage of the overall deer harvest
taken in archery season. In 2014-15, 32
percent of all harvested deer were shot
in archery season. In both 2016-17 and
2017-18, it was 34 percent.
Christopher Rosenberry, who heads
the Game Commission's Deer and Elk
Section, said surveys indicate hunters
using crossbows, when compared to
those using vertical bows, experience
similar levels of success.
"There does not appear to be any
advantage for one bow over the other
when it comes to hunter success in
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taking an antlered deer during the archery
season," he said.
And from a deer-management viewpoint, Rosenberry said, crossbows don't
present an obstacle to meeting deerpopulation goals.
"Whether a deer is taken with a crossbow or vertical bow is not important,"
Rosenberry said. "For antlerless deer, the
number of deer taken is limited by the
antlerless license allocation. For antlered
deer, antler restrictions limit antlered deer
harvest rates."
And it's important to note that while
Pennsylvania bowhunters consistently
take about 40 percent of the antlered deer
harvested each year, about 85 percent of
all antlered deer still are in the woods at
the time firearms season begins, Rosenberry said.
Ron Williams, who owns Williams
Archery in Edinburg, also reports tapering crossbow sales after a rush to buy
them several years ago.
But recent technological advancements in crossbow design have caused
many of those hunters who came in on
the first wave in 2009 to upgrade to newer
crossbows more recently, he said. There
are also those vertical bowhunters who
made the switch to crossbows, only to
switch back, because archery hunting
with a crossbow just didn't feel the same,
he said.
But for any opinion on crossbows,
Williams knows who he's outfitted.
Among them are scores of older hunters
and youth who otherwise might not get
to experience archery hunting, he said.
"The nice thing about crossbows is,
a lot of guys that would not be in the
woods today are out there because of
crossbows," Williams said.
And in an era of shrinking hunter
numbers, that's a win for everyone.
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