Some of you will be taking advantage of the new law allowing crossbows. Having hunted with a xbow for the past 10 years with the handicap permit, may I share a few words with you.
You are still flinging sticks with a string! All that is required for conventional bow applies to xbow hunting. You are not going to shoot farther or faster than any decent compound bow on the market. The xbow is easier, steadier and simpler to shoot than your bow but that is where the differences end. Feet per sec and trajectories at specified distances remain the same so please don't think the xbow will allow you to make an incredible 50 yard plus shot because that's a bunch of baloney! I never strayed outside of 40yards (preference is less than 30) and I urge you to keep all your self imposed limitations the same as if you were hunting with a conventional bow.
As for brands or types of crossbows, I will share what has worked for me over the years and that is a xbow made by Excalibur. These xbows are recurves...no pulleys, multiple strings or cam wheels. Not a bunch of fancy stuff to break! I have replaced a 12 dollar string twice and that's it!
I have really enjoyed that xbow over the years and you will too. They are a gas to hunt with!
Keep those shots ethical. It's still a stick and string. Happy hunting all.