BELOW IS A LETTER SENT TO MARK JOHNSON Executive Director MDHA. Be aware the MDHA is supporting A 65 and older crossbow legislation. (if they change it to 65) Please let the MDHA know you are concerned with this foot in the door issue towards full inclusion of crossbows in the archery season. MDHA IS THE ONLY GROUP SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION SO FAR. IF THEY BACK OUT IT MAY DISAPPEAR AGAIN.
Bear in mind my goal is not to start a riff, it is to share information, and have the process play out however it happens. Knowledge is power.
BROOKS JOHNSON PRESIDENT MBI
Please be careful of the crossbow issue. If we give it to 65 and older, history shows it will be fully included in the archery season in 2 years. MBI is warning everybody, and people will remember who supported the intiative (only MDHA and the crossbow mfgs so far).
Crossbow inclusion has a chance to change the traditions of hunting in MN big time, and we do not need it. We are gaining bowhunters every year. Nothing is broken. Please don’t vote for a change in equipment that has the potential to break something. MBI is asking for your ear to give you the other side of the story on crossbows before you support this legislation. Our DNR is severely downplaying the potential effects, and grabbing data to support their plans. We think there is another side to the story to be considered before backing the plan. History shows the crossbow is introduced as a recruitment and retention device and with in 2 years it will be allowed for everyone the whole archery season. This affects the whole gun/bow harvest dynamic.
Read this possible scenario.
In Joe Alberts Outdoor News article, Lou Cornicelli was quoted, “States that have legalized crossbows haven’t seen large increases in archery harvest.”
According to Ohio DNR statistics, the Ohio deer harvest, in fact, did increase with the introduction of crossbows. In 1975, the year before crossbows were legalized, the total deer harvest was 14,972. In 1976, it rose to 23,431. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that during the 2007- 2008 season, the total archery harvest was 78,639 deer. What does this mean? Absolutely nothing, or whatever you want it to. Take your pick. Anybody can dig around and find a fact set to support their opinions and objectives.
Let me try.
Ten Point Crossbows states that 78.4% of Ohio hunters hunted with so-called “archery” equipment (255,000 out of 325,000 licensedhunters…2006 data). That means if we have crossbows in the archery season, in a few years Minnesota will have 392,000 bowhunters afield. With a 20% success rate, that is close to 80,000 deer. That would be a large increase from the 20,000 we take now.