Challenges are part of the appeal of crossbow hunting, but any experienced hunter will advise you to have some tips up your sleeves. Thus, we urge you to read our tips for crossbow hunting below!
With these tips handy, you should be able to knock down antelopes, deers, turkeys, and whitetails. Based on our experience, we have put together this guide, along with advice passed down for your reference.
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Getting It Right: Tips For Crossbow Hunting
Cocking & Loading A Crossbow Properly
This is one of the fundamentals but is often overlooked. If you are a novice hunter, this is especially important to keep in mind. Rather than using your bare hands to cock and load your crossbow, use the provided cocking device to avoid getting hurt. Go for the most common approach:
- Stabilize the bow against the ground with a foot press bar
- Feed the cocking device via the track included
- Hook the string through the device groove
- Draw the cocking device back until it clicks
The key idea here is to make sure that you hear the click. Only then will you be able to guarantee your safety. If you are worried about safety, you should opt for bows with double safety mechanisms.
If you use a separate cocking device, such as the AccuDraw, which includes a built-in level, do not forget to switch to disengage mode before pulling and mounting the bow onto the track. Cock the bow once the string is mounted properly by cranking the wheel. Choose this method of cocking if you want to exert minimal effort. It is preferable if you intend to hunt all day long.
Another tip with cocking crossbows is to do it manually on the ground. You can even cock it beforehand at home at the truck. Be careful since there is a significant amount of pressure kept in the foot stirrup that can knock you down. Of course, you do not want this to happen. So, better safe than sorry!
Setting The Crossbow Scope Accurately
When you zero your crossbow scope, ensure that your target is set ~10 yards away. Test it by taking a shot against the top reticle and make any necessary corrections for windage and elevation. Do not think that a few measures will be acceptable. For the best results, keep your settings accurate!
Test Broadheads Carefully
Common broadheads work with sub-370-fps crossbows, though some shoot 400+ fps, which may test the limits of even the best broadheads. Do not let popular brands become blindsight. We have seen established mechanicals that would not work at high crossbow speeds. Although big fixed blades are notorious for flying all crazy, some can still hit right.
Nowadays, most crossbow quivers in the market feature a broadhead cover, along with a foam or plastic insert to keep the heads protected. Just be sure that your quiver has one because exposed heads can be a hazard, regardless of whether you are in a stand or walking into one.
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Avoid The Triangle Of Death
This is something hunters learn the hard way. Instead of enduring the same pain as we did, avoid the triangle of death by reading this thoroughly. This triangle of death is the area that is created between the drawn bow’s trigger sear, barrel, and riser.
If your finger is here, you will most likely lose it if the bow fires. Even in the best scenario, your fingers will be hurt, bruised black and blue!
Using A Draw Line
To get your crossbow into an elevated stand, you should use a draw line and consider the cardinal rule. Check that your safety is ON and that you are in a fully seated stand before you load your arrow. Point your arrows down, so any chance of it dislodging will not cause injuries.
Another point is that you should tie off your draw lines short, a few feet off the ground. This is so that when you lower your bow at the end of a hunt, it halts above the ground and does not inflict any additional damage.
Getting A Good Rest
Many hunters like to brag about hunting for long periods. However, we do not recommend this at all. Following several hours in a stand, you will grow tired. Even the lightest crossbow will become unbearable. Thus, we suggest that you take breaks in between and get a good rest.
Also, it will help if you can get a crossbow to stand with a safety rail that can double as a place to rest your bow. Alternatives that you can consider are a shooting stick and bow hanger, both of which can serve as a shooting aid.
Adequate Care & Maintenance
As with any product, proper care and maintenance are critical. Crossbows that are cared for will deliver top-notch performance as compared to those that are neglected and subjected to rough handling.
Always abide by guidelines offered by your crossbow’s manufacturer—spare time to check strings, cables, cams, trigger, and safety mechanisms as well.
Just note that poor care and maintenance can result in irreversible damage. Let your hunting stories be filled with pride and triumph rather than regret and sorrow!
The hunting realm is thrillingly tricky, but now, with our tips for crossbow hunting, you can surely enter the arena with confidence.
If you are a rookie hunter, as long as you apply what you have just read, you will become a seasoned one in no time!
Be sure to share with us your hunting experience while utilizing these tips. We look forward to hearing from you soon!