As more states legalize the use of crossbows during regular archery seasons, the popularity of horizontal bows just continues to grow. And it's expensive to be popular. With all the bells and whistles, a high-end crossbow can run you more than $2,000.
But, you can still get a new crossbow and put your kid through college. Wanting to provide technology-driven crossbows that are high performers but don’t break the bank, many manufacturers are offering quality crossbows under the $600 mark. So let’s take a peek at some of the best budget crossbows on the market today.
I’m a skeptic, so when I saw a gopher whistle for sale at my sporting goods store, I snorted. But I was intrigued enough by the promise of killing more ground squirrels that I bought it.
Pied Piping To operate the Varmint Call, a machined aluminum tube made by King Tool of Bozeman, Mont. ($15; king-tool.com), suck air through the brass mouthpiece. It supposedly imitates the “all-clear” call sounded by gophers and Columbia ground squirrels. Really? In my experience, high-pitched whistles remind ground-dwelling rodents of raptors, and the sound sends them scurrying to their burrows. I decided to test its efficacy over the course of several gopher-shooting sessions last spring.
Congratulations to Illinoisburt and Msmac on winning our crossbow quiz. Illinoisburt will take home the grand prize, a Turbo XLT from TenPoint. The crossbow was picked as the Editor's Choice for our 2010 Crossbow Test.