Here in TN, crossbows were made 'archery' equipment for last years deer season, and will continue to be legal for this years archery season. As I've bow hunted for years, I thought that I'd like to try a crossbow as a fun alternative to the bow that I love. And man, did I fall hard for crossbow shooting! Anyway, after shooting something like 300 shots or so over the last year and a half, I needed to have the crossbow re-cabled, as the cables on it were about to pop. I took it to the largest archery pro-shop in the city, and they 'sort of' refused to work on it. Plus, they made me feel like a heel for hunting with it. Told me that I ought to use a bow during bow season. I just told them that Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency counted the crossbow as legal archery equipment, so it was legal, and I was using it. Went to another archery shop, and basically the same scenario played out. Long story longer...I couldn't get anyone to work on my crossbow, so I called the factory. They were the most supportive, professional folks that I've dealt with in a long time. And I WILL be hunting with my legal crossbow this year, as well as with my regular bow. What was disconcerting was the fact that these people at the archery shops were so adamant about the crossbow being 'not archery', and folks using them not being true 'hunters'. Kinda reminded me of the old 9mm vs. 45ACP arguments. The truly funny thing is that the division amongst these folks at the archery shop runs to the Recurve bow guys don't think that the Compound bow guys are true hunters either. And no one likes the crossbow guy... I think that with the numbers of hunters on the decline, anything that can be used to get those numbers up should be considered a good thing. I have made several converts to bow hunting by letting people shoot my crossbow. Of course they go get one, then want to try regular bow hunting. I believe that with a couple of the new converts, gun hunting is the next step this year. How can this be a bad thing? We are talking about guys in their 30's and 40's hunting for the first time, which is statistically out of the normal for first time hunters. I think that the thing that these guys need to realize is that crossbow hunting IS here to stay. Rant off.