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Master Class Crossbow Hunting

Match a Bow to Your Hunt

When it comes to crossbow hunting, one size doesn’t fit all scenarios. Here are three good crossbows for three different hunting situations

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New Crossbows For 2013

As crossbows grow in popularity, manufacturers are constantly striving to make faster, cheaper, safer, and more accurate bows.

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How-to Videos

  • June 28, 2013

    Bolts or Arrows: Which is Correct for Crossbows? - 2

    We shoot arrows in our compound bows. But what do we shoot in our crossbows? Are they bolts? Or arrows?

    As long as the projectile flies true and hits hard, what it’s called probably doesn’t matter for shooters. But as an editor, I’m interested in linguistic precision, which is why I put this question to my sources in the crossbow industry.

    The consensus: most modern crossbows shoot arrows. Or maybe the right way to put it is: modern crossbows mostly shoot arrows. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 20, 2013

    Boost Crossbow Performance by Swapping Out the Scope - 0

    If you want to squeeze the most utility out of your high-performance crossbow, then get rid of the crappy scope that came with it.

    Nearly every crossbow on the market these days comes with a scope already mounted on its rail. A lot of these optics have what I call “whiz-bang” features—meaning they make a lot of noise, but they don’t really help you hunt. They include various colors and intensities of reticle illumination, overdressed holdover references, and stylized logos and turret designs.

    What you really need in a crossbow scope, though, is the same thing that you really need in a riflescope: bright optics, a simple, useful sight picture, and durability. And for these, you might want to think about tossing the $35 scope that came with your crossbow and investing a couple hundred bucks in a serious hunting optic. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 17, 2013

    How to Wax a String and Lube Your Crossbow - 0

    If you snap a crossbow string, you'll not only blow the hunt but possibly  do permanent damage to the bow. Bowhunting Editor Dr. Todd Kuhn explains how to properly wax a string and lube your crossbow.

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  • June 14, 2013

    3 Cocking Tips for Better Crossbow Shooting - 1

    There are three simple cocking tricks you can employ to increase your crossbow accuracy ten-fold. Employ these and watch your groups shrink exponentially.
    1. Shorten the Cocking Rope
    Factory cocking ropes are designed for knuckle draggers. For us average guys, they're simply too long. Attempting to cock a crossbow with a factory-cocking device puts you at serious risk of shoulder injury, and almost guarantees you'll cock the bow crooked. By all means, adjust the length of your rope so it matches your cocking stroke. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 12, 2013

    Archery: Test Your Range Finding Skills - 0

    Your ability to sink one arrow after another into the bull at 25 yards is awesome. But can you do it at 13 yards? Then at 31? Now at 45?

    The foundation for consistent accuracy—at any range—is practice, but not just with your stick and string. Before you can make the shot, you have to know the distance, which is why your pre-season workouts should always begin with a range-estimation session.

    You’ll need a buddy and a backyard, two commodities that most of us can find easily. And one of you needs a laser rangefinder. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 7, 2013

    Blind Hunting with a Crossbow - 0

    For some in the hunting ranks, climbing a tree is no longer an option. But before you decide to plunk yourself down on the ground next to a big oak tree, consider using a ground blind this season. Here’s why:
    1. Safety
    Ground blinds have several distinct advantages over elevated treestands. You can’t fall from the floor. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 7, 2013

    How to Find the Right Crossbow For Your Hunting Scenario - 1

    When it comes to crossbow hunting, one size does not fit all scenarios. Here are three good crossbows for three different hunting situations.

     1. Ground Blinds
    The popularity of ground blinds is soaring as the average age of hunters rises. Increasingly, we prefer hunting at lower altitudes, and blinds offer concealment and scent containment. Ground blinds are difficult for animals to see into, affording you much greater mobility than a treestand. Plus, you get the option of using a longer-limbed crossbow, which can be stowed anywhere in the blind, including on a shooting stick or other type of prop. Ground blinds are often placed in or around food plots or water holes, forcing the shooter to make longer shots than treestand hunters. Larger, more powerful bows excel at covering increased real estate. [ Read Full Post ]