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Hunters picking up crossbows so quickly numbers hard to determine

Updated: September 30, 2010, 2:44 PM ET
By Joe Keller | ESPNOutdoors.com

Trying to nail down how many crossbow hunters there are in North America is truly a moving target.

Most states don't ask hunters to buy a specific crossbow license or permit. When hunters have to check in their harvests, few state wildlife agencies want to know specifics about what kind of archery tackle the hunters used.

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Crossbow manufacturers don't publicize how many orders they are getting and filling. The Fish and Wildlife Service's national ...

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