Wow, looks like this thread has gone cold. Time to stir the pot
I believe one of the big assumptions that the state and many others were eager to include crossbows in with the archery season, was the belief that it would curb the decline in license sales. It is now evident that did not turn out to be the case, as sales have been in a steady decline.
Point # 2--
A rifle you mount to your shoulder----a crossbow the same----a bow is handheld
A rife is locked and loaded----a crossbow the same----a bow is drawn
A rifle usually carries a magnified scope----cb the same----a bow usually a fiber pin
A rifle can be shot from a rest----a cb can be shot from a rest----a bow is hand held
Apparently if it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, it must be a bow.
The reason the gun season is nine days and the bow season is just shy of 4 months is because a rifle is a more efficient weapon, so why wouldn't that line of thinking carry over to a crossbow. Just thinking from a rational unemotional point of view.
I'm not expecting much to change, and I'm certainly not losing any sleep over it, but that is just the way I'm seeing it, from my vantage point.