Crossbows have been legal in Tennessee for a few years now, it has had NO impact on the deer herd or on the bear population. It is not some magical hunting implement. I use traditional long bow, compound bow and crossbow. The crossbow has the advantage of being cocked and not drawn, but the disadvantage is the noise and if you miss your not going to get another bolt loaded without spooking the deer. A bow on the other hand is quiet, and I have serveral times got a follow up shot that I couldn't have got with a crossbow. Long bows are slow as compared to a crossbow and range is IMO limited to under 30 yards, Crossbows and the compound bows can acheive speeds of around 350 fps. However I still limit the range to 40 yards or under with my crossbow or my compound. As I said before, "it's still a stick and a string". It does allow more hunters into the archery season. There is no adverse effects on any deer populations from the introduction of crossbows. Our deer herd continues to grow to carrying capacities in most counties, despite the introduction of the crossbow.