I think it would be awesome to see more melee fighting in Rust. But with bows in their current state, there’s no point for me to run up with a machete towards someone who can shotgun me with a bow. The bow is cheap to make, cheap to make arrows, and has incredibly high damage. Is this game breaking? No. But it makes the game feel a lot lamer, unless you have a gun the bow is the weapon I see people fighting with almost exclusively in every fight.
Personally, I think the bow needs some tweaks in order to pump diversity into the weaponry people fight with.