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Old 07-31-2007, 01:32 PM
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Im new to archery and was wondering if anyone had any info on using a crossbow in PA. I saw that you can use one during the muzzleloader season but I dont know about the regular archery season. Also, how do most bowhunters feel about using a crossbow as opposed to a regular bow? Is that considered cheating? Keep in mind that im just looking to stock up the freezer with venison.
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Old 07-31-2007, 01:34 PM
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There is a crossbow forum on this site. They may be more in touch with what's what.
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Old 07-31-2007, 01:38 PM
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thanks. ill try that.
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:19 PM
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You can use a crossbow in muzzleoader and rifle seasons in PA, and you can use one during archery season if you get the disability permit.
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Old 07-31-2007, 03:58 PM
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You can use a crossbow in muzzleoader and rifle seasons in PA, and you can use one during archery season if you get the disability permit.
You can use one during archery season without a disability permit if your hunting "special regulations"areas.
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:33 PM
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I thought you could do that but I wasn't certain and I didn't have the handbook around. Thanks.
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:23 PM
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Check this site out http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/v...0&q=150349
also i dont really think it is cheating to use a crossbow if you really are disabled and cant pull back and hold a vertical bow. My dad got a disabled crossbow permit after he was hurt in an accident at work. Although the aiming might be easier for a crossbow you still have to be close to the animal and in my dads case (and probably most people who qualify as disabled) cant climb into a tree stand so he hunts on the ground increasing the difficulty.
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Old 08-01-2007, 07:43 AM
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thanks for the info guys. the reason i asked if its considered cheating is that i am a healthy 27 year old who would have no problem pulling back a bow string.
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Old 08-01-2007, 07:48 AM
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If it's legal it's not cheating (as long as you don't skirt the system with some lame Dr. excuse).

Would some Bowhunters look down their nose at you? Honestly? Yes. Heck,there aretraditional shooters who look down at compounds and then there are those who make their own bows and arrows, who look down on those who buy pre-made equipment. It's all a circle. Stay within legal means, get some thick skin, and enjoy the Hunt!
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