I'm responding to the passage of the legislative bill allowing crossbow hunting. I'm 100 percent for it. Are we not trying to promote our hunting heritage to the younger hunters to continue the hunting tradition? This will help that goal.
I both gun- and bow-hunt. For me, the "magic" of the season isn't about the type of tool being used in hunting, as Democratic state Sen. Mark Miller expressed in his concern about hunting being harmed with allowing crossbows.
For me, the magic of the season is all about being out there, in the woods. Watching the sun rise or set. Being a witness to nature's beauty and harshness.
While hunting, both with guns and bows, I witnessed many wonderful things. I watched as geese flew just a couple of feet above me as they migrated. I witnessed the skies being filled with geese, ducks and cranes to the point of losing count after a few hundred.
I was witness to a hawk picking a dove out of mid-flight just a few feet from me and having it as a meal right in front of my stand. I've had birds land on my shoulders, knees and even my head a couple times. I've had squirrels run over and up my legs.
I sat and listened to deer eating corn or apples in the darkness right before dawn, not 20 feet from me. I've listened to nature waking up every morning and going to sleep every night that I'm out there. What's more magical than that?
Hunting isn't about what's in your bag or what tool you use. It's about what you take with you in the experiences you go through.