By DAVID RAINER
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Since the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board voted to make crossbows legal for hunting in Alabama in 2004, the crossbow phenomenon took a while to get rolling. However, in recent years, that segment of the archery business has been on fire.
Evidence of that came recently at the Buckmasters Expo in Montgomery, where everything even remotely connected with outdoors recreation was on display, including crossbows.
One of the manufacturers known for its compound bows, Mathews Inc., recently entered the crossbow market, which has been dominated by companies like Barnett, Horton, TenPoint, Excalibur and Darton.