Crossbow hunting is becoming more and more popular these days as many states are opening up to the idea of using crossbows for small and big game hunting. Many older folks are finding that they don’t have the strength they use to have hunting with a traditional/compound bow and are using crossbows to still enjoy the thrill of the hunt without losing any prestige out in the field. Crossbows of today are being made with pin point accuracy and speed but still give the hunter a since of having to be a skilled hunter to take down ones prey. Many myths have surrounded the world of crossbow hunting such as “no skill is necessary to use a crossbow” and “only poachers use crossbows” both which are false. It’s not easy to make a quick kill without patience and skill in the field which most poachers have neither, Poachers favorite weapons of choice is high powered rifles and traps. Poachers use these rifles to make a quick deadly kill as to not leave a large blood trail and to ensure a quick getaway. Traps are used in secluded places to usually trap the animal, shoot it then take their trophy. Crossbows and any type of bow and arrow for that matter are not a top choice for any poacher as too much skill is required.
Crossbow hunting you need skill as it’s a powerful weapon and with any weapon you must practice before you expect greatness in the field. Like any weapon you must get to know it’s quirks, and adjust it to your needs. Once you’ve achieved a certain comfort level with your crossbow then you will have the confidence you need out in the field to ensure a successful hunt. Crossbows come with many different devices such as a crank/cocking device which allows you a stress free injury free pullback. These devices make it easier for those whom may be elderly and don’t have the shoulder strength to pullback the stringer and allows someone with a handicap or a young adult to enjoy the world of archery while building confidence to be able to go out and enjoy a successful day in the field. Crank/Cocking devices also are a means of less movement in the field to ensure a peaceful relaxing steady focus point on your target without the hassle or the strength of a traditional/compound bow.
Another great option to crossbow hunting is a crossbow stand which you can rest your crossbow on to ensure pin point accuracy the only draw back is you must move the stand in the exact direction you want to face and stay put but it does work great for a rest in between shots and keeps your crossbow level. Hunting blinds are wonderful for crossbow hunting especially if you are using decoys when turkey hunting or when boar hunting as pigs are super smart and can be super aggressive so it’s not a bad idea to use a blind to protect yourself against these beasts. Now that many states are allowing crossbows during hunting seasons there has been more acceptance among hunters. Also helping to give the crossbow creditability is most old timers whom were against using one find themselves only able to use a crossbow if they still want to enjoy hunting. Due to it’s ever rising popularity hunters don’t have to be ashamed of being a crossbow hunter but can now hold their heads up with pride and show off their skills in the field.
M. Slater of Southern Crossbow an avid hunting enthusiast. Born and raised in West Virginia now resides with his family in Georgia. Got into crossbow hunting when his 84 year old great uncle a WWII Pear Harbor Vet couldn’t hunt with a compound bow anymore and was feeling like life was at it’s end until he discovered the world of crossbow hunting and since his discovery 2yrs ago he’s not missed a season. He resides in PA and now that PA has opened it’s doors to many more seasons for the crossbow hunter he is out in the field with a spark once more in his eye and the determination of a young buck. For this M. Slater’s love of crossbow hunting has flourish as it has sparked life back into an old man he has admired his entire life.
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