From the Just Because You Can… Files

February 29, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about Jim Shockey hunting hogs with the new Rogue air rifle.  It got some good discussion, and a lot of you folks were sort of down on the idea.  Personally, I can see a place for it, but there are an awful lot of qualifiers that go into that.  The common thread, though, was that, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

There’s a lot of wisdom in that aphorism.

Well, I just got a note from the PR company that represents Barnett crossbows.  Crossbow hunting is something that’s interested me for quite some time, and something I intend to try (sooner or later).  Mostly, I just think they’re pretty cool weapons with a really interesting history.  The ones I’ve shot were accurate and powerful… impressively so.   As a hunting tool under the right conditions, they’re deadly as can be.  I’ve seen, up close and personal, what they’ll do to hogs and whitetail deer.

I know there’s a ton of politics behind their use as “archery tackle”, and don’t really want to go down that road right now.  I’m more interested in their application as hunting tools, and whether you want to classify them as archery or gun or something else doesn’t much concern me.

But like all hunting weapons, they have their limitations.  The question we often ask is, how far should those limitations be pushed.  For example, the following clip:


Please share your thoughts.  Mine will follow.


6 Responses to “From the Just Because You Can… Files”

  1. shotgunner on February 29th, 2012 10:16

    It is simply NOT hunting. Call it anything else, it is not hunting.

    This form of “pest control” clearly requires some skills and top notch equipment.

  2. Phillip on February 29th, 2012 11:16

    I agree, Scott, and I think most of the guys running these operations down there would say the same thing. Is it “exciting”? Looks that way. But it’s not hunting, and isn’t supposed to be.

    Personally, though, I’m not sure the crossbow challenge is necessarily appropriate… even though I know they were just filming a promotional spot for the crossbow. Hopefully they’re not trying to encourage other people to try this. I believe most of this stuff is done with shotguns and buckshot, which makes a much better combination.

  3. Jean on February 29th, 2012 11:36

    I am still digesting the whole notion of hunting/killing from a helicopter. I will not address that here except to say that I think this is something appropriate for a military action against enemies. Rules of engagement, and all that. And no, I was never in the military, so it may be too much to expect me to be able to wrap my head around helo-killing.

    I am not going to hunt moving targets while I am in motion. The margin for error is unacceptable for me. It is especially unacceptable for me with what I consider a single shot device.
    As for those who find this acceptable, it is likely that I don’t want to hunt with you, either.

    I have only shot a crossbow in a store. (Yes, it did have a range and that’s where I was.) I wish crossbows were allowed as archery equipment because I cannot hold a bow at draw at all.

    I think a crossbow is a perfectly fine weapon. I would like to hunt with one someday.

    I hope my two cents was the sort of input you are looking for.

  4. JAC on February 29th, 2012 17:02

    And you thought a moutain lion hunt was bad PR. Yeehaw, another thousand people have just been turned against hunters.

  5. Arthur on March 1st, 2012 07:23

    While I have no problem with the need for pest control, and if this is one way to do it, I’m fine with that, I simply cannot call it hunting.

    And…I have very mixed feelings about how its perception among the general public affects hunters. I have to think that it would put hunting as a whole in a negative light for them. While most hunters know this isn’t truly hunting, and would never associate actual hunting with such an activity, there are many who would use a broad brush and lump it right in with hunting as a whole.

    It does look exciting, though. I will not lie about that.

  6. Alex Hoover on March 1st, 2012 09:23

    That was awful. I couldn’t finish watching.