I am an expatriated Illioit. I started my young life heading down the DNR path there. Something that should be understood is the concept of days afield. One of the ways DNR moniters its success is by counting the number of days sportsman spend out in the woods. A deer hunter must take up a bow if they want more than a couple of weekends of hunting. That market is saturated, period. Add a weapon, add a season... Muzzleloaders, handguns, add a season youth, special hunts,etc. A new
weapon has emerged. Lot's of hype, lots of people interested means lots of pressure on DNR to do something.
Is there some sort a data out there suggesting crossbow hunters have ruined archery season? I don't know, therefore I'm asking. What I can tell you is this, after better than 35 years slinging arrows I see those days as numbered. I have had numerous small rotator cuff injuries. Surgery is not an option I am willing to approach, right now for sure. I have pretty well retired my longbow, we still talk but are not close any longer. A verticle crossbow or modern compound I mean? Lets see, <3' long, check, mechanical triggering device, check, once drawn can be held as long as your bow arm can tolerate the mass of the weapon, check. Whatch where you throw rocks compound hunters, the windows are fragile in your house.
Again, I don't have a dog in this fight per se. Best bet I suppose is do your level best to see you mentor those crossbow shooters to be good hunters.