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Patrick Durkin column: Wisconsin Bowhunters Association is fighting losing battle

12:58 AM, Jan. 27, 2013
Performance differences between compound bows and crossbows aren't as obvious as those between compound bows and traditional longbows or recurve bows.
Performance differences between compound bows and crossbows aren't as obvious as those between compound bows and traditional longbows or recurve bows.
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While our state braces for a true conservation battle over open-pit mining and threats to northwestern Wisconsin's groundwater and other natural resources, bowhunters are renewing their "is not, is too" pre-schooler debate over whether to allow crossbows in our 100-plus-day archery deer season.

Meanwhile, most hunters, the general public and deer themselves don't care if an arrow is shot by a crossbow or compound bow. Or a longbow or recurve, for that matter. If anyone hopes to detect an unmistakable performance difference, watch most archers alternate between a longbow and compound ...

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