Love it, compound bow purists. Isn’t a crossbow just a compound bow on a stick?
<div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>gimruis wrote:</div>
“The compound bow hunters I personally know were very much against this.”
Kind of like the traditional archers felt when the compounds were being introduced, eh?”
No and no. As points of order…
Unless you have some kind of compound bow with an 80++++ pound draw weight and that can hold that draw indefinitely, then no. A compound and a crossbow are not similar in function or in use.
There wasn’t a huge “is a compound bow really a bow” controversy and if you’ve ever shot an early compound bow you’d know why. They simply weren’t that good. In fact more than being seen as an advantage, in the early days there were questions as to if the compound bow was anything except a passing fad. These were not the compound bows of 2023. The technology and the shooting techniques needed to be refined and reinvented several times during each decade.
Also, back during the introduction of the compound bow, archery was NOT a mainstream hunting sport as it is today. Archery hunters were an extreme anomaly when compound bows were introduced. The real growth that took archery hunting to mainstream status took place well after the intro of the compound bow.