Ok, I'd like to hunt. I have two boys that are very interested, I'd like to get them into it too. But if I invest in the hobby, I want to have a bunch of meat in the freezer for my 4 hungry boys.
But I don't have any of the equipment. Well, I do have a 12ga from my grandpa that I can use. But I'd really like to be able to take advantage of the most time to hunt with the smallest investment.
A muzzleloader gives me something like 4 weeks (gun + muzzle loader), and we do have a late doe gun season here in MI that I can use too.
The other thing that occurred to me was a crossbow. Here (at least for now) we can use a crossbow during archery season, so if it was realistic I'd be able to use the crossbow from beginning of bow season to the end of the year.
And it looks like I can get a crossbow for a reasonable price, cheaper than a gun or muzzleloader.http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2293469&sr=1&origkw=crossbow
What are your thoughts on crossbows, utility, ease of use, compared to a gun, are cheaper ones worthwhile, etc? Is it a realistic starting weapon? Since I don't know much about them I don't have a whole lot to think about just yet...
My thought is that if I can get into hunting without too much investment and it starts paying off as I learn more, then I could more easily branch out into the other types of more expensive weapons.