I too, am in Idaho, and this year will be hunting with a crossbow in archery season.
One destroyed and rebuilt shoulder is enough. But my Doc says she will not guarantee it if I continue to hunt with a vertical compound bow.
A friend locally has an Equinox he wants to sell, but his asking price is pretty high, about $500 for the whole rig.
I also am wondering on the open sight issue. I have looked at the Regulations and it says, IF you have the disability hunting permit, YOU CAN use an electronic optic, but the local Conservation officer is not sure about that. Definitely no magnified optics anyway.
So, I am thinking the peep and pin setup will be it for me.
After all the looking at X-bows, I have returned and settled on the Equinox I believe as I am not a small guy, 6'3' and 250, so I can pull it back with no problem.
The only thing that I am waiting on is the sight issue.
Any other words of wisdom would be appreciated.