Indiana used to be disabled only. At the time in undergrad I was selling archery stuff in a sporting goods store.
Had "disabled" guys look at crossbows and then ask, "well, how the heck am I suppossed to cock it?" "Well, sir, if you buy it today (on the current commissions spiff), I'll cock it for ya and you can load and shoot it on opening day." "But, it's July!" Anything for the customer.:D
Should have carried some of those windlass, crossbow winder thingies. Maybe some day.
January 1, 2003, 07:37 PM
They are legal here in Ohio during the archery and shotgun season, but during shotgun season wearing hunter orange is required. I prefer my old Bear compound bow, it's much lighter than most crossbows. Take care, Mikey
January 1, 2003, 08:22 PM
To my knowledge unless changed recently it is illegal in NC to hunt with a xbow. I think it actually requires a permit to purchase, but I'll have to verify that.
It really does not make sense to me since you can hunt with rifle, shotgun, and bow. How can the xbow be more advantageous?? :confused:
January 2, 2003, 02:27 AM
I see that they got rid of the 500 ft/lb @ 100 yard requirement for handguns.
Ironically, this means it is legal to hunt deer with a Beretta Jetfire again in Georgia... :scrutiny:
January 3, 2003, 04:35 AM
In NC you must get a permit to purchase a crossbow,and only the disabled can apply for a permit to hunt with one legally.
NC Hunter Education Instructor
January 6, 2003, 01:14 AM
In Wisconsin, only holders of a disability license can use them. Most of the guys I know of that hunt with a crossbow get a little help from a friend or relative - helping them set up and presumably cocking the thing for them - should only need the one bolt if all goes according to plan!
I think possibly the states that don't allow general use of crossbow during seasons open to most other weapons do so because:
1) It makes poaching enforcement less impossibly difficult - crossbows are quite popular among the nocturnal hunting set here, especially "Up North" - easy to fire from the window of a building or a car window, nearly as easy to aim as a gun, but of course silent, and there's no drawing motion to spook game.
2) They want to preserve the illusion that archery seasons are still "primitive" and keep the traditional flavor of the season intact. Just don't think about the electric-sighted, CAD-CAM created, 80% let-off, "no I don't have to actually touch the string, I pull this trigger!" archery devices already in use.
3) The pope banned them - no wait that was a long time ago.;)
January 7, 2003, 10:23 AM
Minnesota: Disabled only here too.
January 7, 2003, 11:06 PM
CadwalladerÑMy WI friend who is disabled (paralysed L. arm) states that you're correct, there it's certified disabled only, and only during archery season. He adds that X-bows are better than not bowhunting at all, but that if you can manage to draw a regular compound, you're much better off. He holds a nylon tab attached to the string with his teeth, draws a lefthanded bow with his right arm, and releases with his teeth. He was 8th in the state archery tournament last year, no special category for disabled. I guess he has a very good set of teeth. Plus he practices religiously, as should any archer.
Disadvantages of a x-bow, according to my friend, who began with one when he resumed hunting after his car accident, are 1) hard to cock, 2) short range, and 3) poor penetration. They fire a short, heavy bolt with a short movement of the string (relative to a "regular" bow), so the bolt has small energy for its mass, and starts slowing down quickly. Under 20 yd. they're OK, but why use one unless that's all you can use.
My friend is active in UFFDA, the United Foundation for Dsabled Archers, and encourages every disabled hunter he sees to join UFFDA, and to use a regular bow if they possibly can.
BTW, UFFDA is a fine organization, puts on hunts helping disabled hunters get back into the sport they loved, and is deserving of the support of all of us "normal" hunters. They can use volunteer help. Doing so sure helps me put my own little aches and pains and difficulties in proper perspective!
January 8, 2003, 01:42 AM
...He holds a nylon tab attached to the string with his teeth, draws a lefthanded bow with his right arm, and releases with his teeth. He was 8th in the state archery tournament last year, no special category for disabled...
Holy cow! Just goes to show you what the human animal is capable of when properly motivated.:)
January 9, 2003, 01:49 AM
In California it appears you can hunt with them, but not during bowhunting season...guess they are considered like rifles...:scrutiny:
January 9, 2003, 11:33 PM
Disabled can use during Archery Season. (Requires permit, and must be certified 100% disabled by either Social Security or VA).
Legal during General Gun season.
January 10, 2003, 11:49 AM
Virginia is disabled only as well. The only crossbow I have seen was cocked with a small winch that you carried seperatly. It wasn't hard at all, nor was it quick.
On the thread drift topic, Virginia only requires 350 Ft Lb at the muzzle for handgun hunting. No Jetfires, but in theroy a snub nose 38 special could be legal, as I think they use the ammo manufactuers rating.
January 10, 2003, 02:52 PM
PA- disabled may use them state-wide. In one small area around Philadelphia (which is also shotgun-only during firearms season) they are legal with the proper stamp.
January 14, 2003, 07:30 PM
Bruz, that's correct. Crossbows are not considered archery equipment and are therefore illegal during the archery season, but are legal during the general season.
January 17, 2003, 12:21 PM
And to further muddy the "is it a bow or a gun?" waters, here's the Airrow brand modified Ruger .22 rifle barrel that fires arrows.
Looks like a well-designed device, and if their accuracy claims are true, a very lethal one - but it sure isn't something I want to see in the field during archery season, except maybe in the hands of the disabled hunters.
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