You could substitute a variety of weapons in for the word "crossbow" and then make the same arguments in favor of it. For example..."If you want to get kids hunting, start them out with a crossbow. (Use the word "muzzleloader" instead.) If we are going to indulge the kids, why make them struggle with a crossbow...why not make sure they can kill a deer by allowing them a rifle, etc? My point is that you could point/counter point all day...kids have WAY more opportunities these days than I ever did growing up, which is just fine, but my point is that we lose sight of the real issues when we start down these paths. Iowa is a state that others come to, from all over this country, and move to and hope to have their dream hunt(s) here. Why? Because it has different regulations basically. We don't have more deer habitat than any of our neighboring states, in fact, far less of it. We don't have more deer than our neighbors, we have fewer of them. While there is plenty of nutrition here for the deer, the #1 dominant reason that we have what others want is simple...our regs "protect" bucks from being knocked out of the herd at age 18 months...period. Why then are some constantly trying to "make it easier" every year? People that are aged or infirm can hunt with a crossbow now, kids have 10x the opportunities available to them these days than at any time in the history of Iowa deer hunting...but if we keep sliding our way to "easy" the fragile system that we have could collapse and we could suddenly be like every other goofed up state...just look around us. Leave the regs as they are.