Always going to be critics with all the tactics. I know a guy who hates xbows here in Jersey but hunts pa deer with 300 win mag and his shots are generally 70 yards. Lol. I always tell him I'll respect his opinion when he starts using an iron sighted 30-30. Lol
Heard a guy at Cheyenne complaining about guys using smokeless muzzleloaders, scopes, etc instead of "traditional" muzzleloaders.
I would love to be shooting a compound again but I'd be drawing 45-50lb. My shot placement and shot choice would be limited. I know with the energy the xbow produces I have more options. With a bow I'm shooting 25-30 yards. Xbow I'm shooting 35-40. I've never taken shot (on game)beyond 37 yards with either.
I'm also not confident shooting a mechanical head with a compound then I am with an xbow. My Mathews shot 285fps. My xbow shoots 385fps.
FOR ME I feel I need to use the most efficient equipment I can to make a quick humane kill. I feel I'm not doing that if I'm using a low poundage bow.
Right now for me it's an xbow, big 2 blade mechanical head. It produces big gaping holes in these little critters. Lol