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.