I don't get the negativity towards crossbows and those who choose to use them. If you are an archery purist and want to use a long bow or recurve then fine. If you prefer a modern compound then that is great too. I have a compound and a crossbow and hunt with both depending on which I happen to decide to pick up that particular day. For those of us with busy work schedules and young kids, there is not much time for practice like we used to have time for and a crossbow is perfect. In a day where new hunters are fewer and fewer, anything to spark their interest is a good thing IMO.