I totally agree!I just about missed out on a good crossbow thread .. here’s my thoughts.
First ….. sometimes a person has to look back to move forward. Being a short 20 years ago in Ky ….crossbow was only legal when a gun season was in and there was a crossbow season of about a week in December. In 2005 it was expanded and just a few years ago it was expanded again to the current season.
Why was it expanded…… in a nut shell because bow hunters do a piss poor job of killing enough deer to control the population…. especially in zones 1 & 2. Same could be said for muzzle loader and conventional gun….. they both have seen increases in days and opportunity to control populations and ultimately why conventional archery is 4.5 months now. It saw the biggest expansion of all…. but still not enough to make a dent in controlling the numbers needed to be harvested.
Expansions of crossbow seasons is merely a band-aid and honestly the last resort before significant increases to muzzleloader & conventional gun seasons are needed to increase harvest numbers. Which as many states are doing by allowing for straight walled cartridge seasons now.
Which we can argue crossbow versus conventional archery bows all day long … but at the end of the day it’s all about harvesting enough deer to keep our populations in check.
Which a dyed in the wool anti crossbow bow hunter has to ask himself…. would I’d rather expand seasons on…crossbows or gun seasons….. which most have come to realize crossbows are the better alternative for now.
Again just a band aid.
Muzzleloader season set at a bad time atleast the first season it should be the last weekend of October.
Youth season gets bad days also they are both set to allow the prime times for archery.
What needs to happen is the gun hunters in ky need to get organized so they can have a true say so in how and when the seasons get set instead of letting the archery crowd dictate to the state what they want.
I have nothing against archery hunters other than for the most part they act like spoiled democrats! Hunt with what you want but don't dictate to others how or when they can!