And, let's face it, unless you hunt with a traditional recurve - there is little that remains "primitive" about today's compounds.
My compound bow, for example, because of its power stroke (the distance the bow string travels from full draw to rest position), is actually much faster than my crossbow. It's quieter, and I get better groups at 40 yards with it than I do my crossbow.
I'll be the first to admit it usually is my weapon of choice during the archery season.
I chose the crossbow for Manitoba, however, because it is easier to shoot given my physical limitations - especially in cold weather when my hand basically becomes a useless appendage at the end of my left arm with little to no mobility.
I'm not sure how anyone could in good conscience tell someone with a similar physical limitation they cannot bowhunt, with or without a crossbow - all in the name of somehow preserving the "purity of the sport."
John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and a proud member of the Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America. He can be reached at email@example.com.