My choice is compound for anything out of a treestand. Recurve for elk,hogs and turkey on the ground. I've been addicted to bowhunting for over 20 years. Small game with shotgun. I won't hunt the deer shotgun season in Ohio for one good reason, I was nearly killed by another hunter during the shotgun season in 1986. Once bitten twice shy, like the ol' saying goes.
I'd love to hunt with a muzzleloader if I had the opportunity.
Never measure your success by that of others, leave that to P&Y.