Here in Maine, it seems the allure to bow hunting is the expanded zones which opens early and has relaxed bag limits. Finding areas to hunt is the difficult part.Hunting shows may have had some effect, but not too many people get into hunting without a family member showing them and getting them started. When bows became so easy to shoot with triggers, sights, and releases a lot of the gun hunters became the new bow hunters. Now there are even more gun hunters becoming "bow" hunters with the legalization of crossbows. Lets face it not too many people want to put in the work involved in shooting a trad bow and maybe shooting a buck every 5 years. But, when you can take a couple of shots before the season and then kill a buck at 40 yards well that's worth the effort. That's why bow hunting exploded.