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crossbow

a weapon used to fire darts filled with immobilizing agent at otherwise uncontrollable animals. Less dangerous than cordite guns and does not scare other animals because there is no noise.
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Hazard: The crossbow can fire an arrow without the trigger being pulled, posing an injury hazard to the user and to bystanders.
However, many crossbows are cocked by hand, which can create variations in the position of the nocking point.
In addition, if someone is carrying a crossbow with intent to cause injury he may be liable to prosecution under Section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953.
GA, Odessa, FL 33556, put one of their new Thunderbolt crossbows in our mailbox for evaluation.
It's insulting to real bowhunters to be put in the same category as crossbow hunters.
Wisconsin is currently ground zero, and a very audible battle is being waged between those in favor of allowing crossbows for all hunters during the state's generous archery season and those vehemently opposed.
Adding crossbows to the hunting mix--whether through a separate crossbow season or as part of the archery season--has both economic and stakeholder effects.
More than 3,600 Massachusetts hunters who couldn't otherwise bow hunt with long bows, compounds or recurves currently use crossbows without incident.
When crossbows were legalized the following year, 17,322 crossbow hunters took 4,429 deer, or 12 percent of the total archery harvest.
The Dances worked with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to legalize crossbows in Virginia for the 2005-06 hunting season.
Under this new regulation, crossbows must have a peak weight of at least 125 pounds, and a bolt must be equipped with a broadhead that has a cutting diameter of at least 7/8 inch with at least two cutting edges on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface, and shall not exceed three inches in length.
Opponents of crossbows generally argue that crossbows have a longer range than vertical bows, and would be so effective that bow seasons would have to be shortened to avoid overharvest.