See the best crossbows of 2013 here.

It’s no secret that the hottest trend in hunting right now is crossbows. With more and more states creating hunting seasons for these lethal marvels of engineering every year, we feel that we owe it to you to put the new bows through the wringer as we do with so much of the other gear you rely on in the outdoors.

This year’s crop of new bows is lighter, faster, quieter and more deadly than ever before. Sure, any one of them would be able to bring down a whitetail, but which one is right for you? That’s where we come in. In this gallery we rank the top 8 new bows of 2011.