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It took a phone call to Matt Knox of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to get this info. This info wasn't archived on the VDGIF website so it was the only way I could get access to it. I'll note that Mr. Knox made it very clear that he and the state of Virginia are pro crossbow. I urged him to put this info out there for all to see but he is just too busy to get it done.
Here is what I came up with thanks to him.

The crossbow did increase the use of the season while it was a new novel weapon. The numbers started to return to normal trends last year. Not the decimation of the herd or the explosion of hunters ruining the woods and hunt for the vertical archer that the anti crossbow groups lie to you about. In fact Mr Knox and myself both concluded that regular archers gravitated to the crossbow when given the choice. So the loss of vertical archers may be due to this.



State of Virgina pre and post crossbow numbers.

2003-2004 Vertical Archery licenses sold = 62072
2004-2005 Vertical Archery licenses sold = 61610

The first year for full inclusion.
2005-2006 Vertical Archery licenses sold = 54306
2006-2007 Vertical Archery licenses sold = 51647
2007-2008 Vertical Archery licenses sold = 48122
First year for full inclusion.
2005-2006 Crossbow licenses sold = 15320
2006-2007 Crossbow licenses sold = 20840
2007-2008 Crossbow licenses sold = 22243

The anti crossbow groups certainly were not the voice of the bow hunter in Virginia. It is estimated that about 7000 vertical hunters decided to try them out in the first year. And it is estimated that there are still about 10,000 using them to this day.

Total number of Archery licenses sold both groups included.
I am sorry I forgot to ask about the disabled permits used
prior to full inclusion. So they are not in this data.
2003-2004 = 62072
2004-2005 = 61610
2005-2006 = 69626
2006-2007 = 72487
2007-2008 = 70365

Harvest numbers from both bow groups for the same years.

......../Vertical/Crossbow/Total Harvested

2003-2004 16538 596 17134
2004-2005 16055 802 16857
2005-2006 17368 5005 22373
2006-2007 17160 7069 24229
2007-2008 17335 8549 25904

The 2005-06 season is when the crossbow was fully included.
The numbers prior are crossbow harvests by disabled
permit holders only.

The 8549 deer harvested in the 2007-2008 season with a
crossbow account for 3% of the total deer harvested in the
state of Virginia.

Total number of deer harvested from all weapons and seasons
statewide in Virginia.

2003-2004 = 237,035
2004-2005 = 221,492
2005-2006 = 215,082
2006-2007 = 223,775
2007-2008 = 241,576
 

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At no time did the world end. Thanks for the info. I've emailed him before on info and received numbers. They have the info and if you ask they freely give it out.
 

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I just posted them on the West Virginia and MI boards.
 

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buckeye dan said:
I just posted them on the West Virginia and MI boards.
Reality may suck for a few! :rolleyes:
 
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