An unsettling fact these days is that we are steadily losing hunters in the United States far faster than we can replace them. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the number of hunters dropped from 2011 to 2016 by 2.2 million participants. Many factors contribute to this loss in numbers, some of which we can control, and some we cannot. One thing that everyone can do to help offset these losses is to introduce a young person to hunting. What is the best weapon to use with a young person who is just starting? Crossbows carry many advantages over other weapons that make them ideal for introducing a young hunter to the woods.