from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A weapon consisting of a bow fixed crosswise on a wooden stock, with grooves on the stock to direct the projectile.
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- n. A mechanised weapon, based on the bow and arrow, which fires bolts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A weapon, used in discharging arrows or bolts, formed by placing a bow crosswise on a stock.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A missive weapon formed by a bow fixed athwart a stock in which there is a groove or barrel to direct the missile, a notch or catch to hold the string when the bow is bent, and a trigger to release it; an arbalist.
- n. Figuratively, a crossbowman.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct the arrow (quarrel)
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Using a crossbow is all good, but if you can physically hunt with a compound than why not.
I'd say that between 5-20 yds the crossbow is an efficient tool too kill an animal but outside of 25 yds the crossbow bolt drops like a rock.
In my humble opinion, a crossbow is as close to a longbow (the original bow) as a compound bow.
Granted I realize that you don't have to hold that weight, but I still think a crossbow is a bow.
If you do not think that a crossbow is a real bow that can reach a lot farther than 30 yrds. then you have not used one, have you.
Many bowhunters will never be convinced that a crossbow is a bow, and therefore able-bodied hunters who prefer that weapon should have a separate season or a shorter one.
I am not saying a crossbow is a good excuse for not practicing, because it is not, and you always need to practice.
You don't need one, as a crossbow is a 30 yard proposition.
The only problem with putting a scope on a bow or crossbow is that now people will take shots that aren't realistic, longer shots than necessary because they can see a deer or bear through the scope better than with the naked eye.
The one problem with a crossbow is that it doesn't have the same kinetic energy of a compound bow at distances longer than 30 yards.