I do not as of yet own a crossbow, but am hoping to have one by hunting season next year. I know weapons are a personal choice and I am just curious as to why you use one. For me, the reasons are probably the same as some of you. I have shoulder issues and it's getting more difficult, especially in cold weather to pull back my vert bow. It's also beginning to hurt more when I practice so the crossbow is becoming more of a necessity. Buck fever. I may be kidding myself on this one, but I FEEL like I will be able to control myself better with a crossbow than my vertical bow. I have been shooting with a scoped rifle for better than 30 years and once I have the deer in my scope, I know it's a matter of putting the crosshair behind the shoulder and squeeze the trigger. I have missed twice this year with my vertical bow primarily due to buck fever and I feel a weapon change may help me control my nerves better. I also like the ease of use compared to a vertical bow. I don't think anyone would disagree that shooting a crossbow is easier overall than shooting a vertical bow. Notice I didn't say that it was EASY, just easier. It still has to be cocked, loaded and then the shot made. However, a 4 y.o. can be taught to shoot a crossbow with relative ease compared to a vertical bow with fewer hours of teaching. I am not condoning nor am I saying that a 4 y.o. should be shooting ANY weapon w/o proper adult supervision, I am merely stating that the overall learning curve is easier with a crossbow. I like the fact that I can use a x-bow in a ground blind easier than a vertical bow. One thing that a lot of people don't take into consideration when shooting in a ground blind is the width/depth of the blind itself. From my own experience, I have found that I have to sit in the blind a certain way in order for my arrow not to hit the edge of the blind. I have to draw and then potentially turn into the window to make the shot. Even if you are not seen, the possibility of being heard is greater with all of that movement. I do not want any bashing of other peoples reasons as to why they choose to use a crossbow, nor do I want any bashing of character. This is for my own and possibly other peoples curiosity. Let's have fun with it and feel free to list any other reasons for using a crossbow NOT listed in the poll.