Ok, to me xbows are more like bows. Their primary force to propel their projectile is a string, not gunpowder. The primary force behind a bullet is gunpowder. You do have to pull that string back to cock it, although you dont have to hold it. But compound bows have up to a 65% letoff, if its all about making it as hard as possible dont make allowances for any weapon. The letoff is clearly a mechanical advantage over primitive bows. The range of a xbow is similar to that of a compound bow, and nowhere near the range of a rifle, pistol, or muzzleloader. Ok a xbow uses a trigger to release the arrow, but dont many bowhunters pull a trigger also, I know I do. I guess my main objection with a vertical bow only season for the majority of the season is I hear all this talk about how primitive it is. ITs not. Now if you want to say primitive bows only, recurve, longbow or whatever, that I can understand. Take away all mechanical advantages of bows and I would agree on the primitive aspect of bowhunting as well. Why do people think that a xbow makes people think they can shoot better and farther. Couldnt be the persons fault could it? If we blame the weapon were all in trouble. Pack up your bows, rifles, pistols and frog spears cause its the weapons fault. Not the idiot holding it. Xbows dont make people stupid or slobs, they were already that way. I know ill never see eye to eye with bowhunters on this one.