Introduction To Crossbow Hunting

crossbow huntingA crossbow is a type of weapon that is fixed across a wooden support and has a mechanism for drawing and releasing the string. Also known as the horizontal bow, it consists of a horizontal bow-like assembly mounted on a stock. This feature allows the bow to remain loaded even when not in use.
Crossbow hunting is a very fast and accurate means of hunting down predators. It is super accurate and powerful too. Animals you can hunt with a crossbow include elk, cougars, moose, bear, deer, etc.


crossbow huntingThere are two main types of crossbows; the recurve and the compound crossbows.
*The recurve crossbow’s tips curve away from the archer and has a longer draw length than a traditional bow. Due to the stresses placed on the bow, it makes more noise when being fired. Its shape makes it unstable and it needs a steady hand to operate it properly. Its limbs are usually made from composite materials such as fiberglass over a core of wood or carbon foam.
*The compound crossbow has stiffer limbs than the recurve crossbow. This makes the bow more efficient and less strength is needed to operate the firing mechanism. The limbs of a compound crossbow store energy as the bow is being loaded thus making it more energy efficient.
Its construction involves the string being attached to pulleys. When the string is drawn back, it causes the pulleys to turn and the limbs bend while storing a large amount of energy at the same time. The release is quick and powerful. You would need to try both out to see which one suits you more.


crossbow huntingOver the years, crossbow hunting has been on the rise, gradually displacing the traditional bows and arrows. In some countries too, crossbows are preferred in use in warfare to guns. Let’s take a look at some of its peculiarities.
Firing mechanism: Unlike guns, crossbows do not have recoil. Its firing mechanism requires pulling back a lever when the bow is fixed and ready to be fired. When the lever is released, the projectile is fired.
Accuracy: It is amazingly accurate and has a much longer range than the traditional bow and arrow.
Cost: It is cost effective as the bolts are reusable.
Modification: It can be modified to hold special bullets or even rocks as projectiles.
Effectiveness: It is a popular choice among hunters who want to add more challenging compartments to their arsenal as it is highly effective and delivers excellent kills in hunting and target shooting.
Draw weight: Crossbows provide an ideal platform for choosing different draw weights to be able to hunt down predators.


Here are some things to put into consideration when choosing a crossbow:
*Quality: Always go for a high-quality crossbow because the quality determines the lifespan.
*Cost: In choosing a crossbow, prices are on the high side. That is, the more expensive a crossbow is, the more standard the quality. You can buy the bow and arrows separately, or you can purchase a pack that contains the accessories.
The expensive units ensure faster arrow speeds and less noise. They come with stocks with adjustable features, high-tech magnification scopes, aids with clips on clamps and a crank. A crank causes the string to pull back slowly when turned. They also come with dampeners on the split limbs, retention strings, and stirrup.
*Draw weight: The draw weight required depends on the prey. The higher the draw weight, the greater the arrow speed. Cleaner kills are made by arrows traveling at faster speeds.
*Arrow choices: There are three types of arrows; Aluminum arrows, carbon arrows, and arrows made of a mix of aluminum and carbon. Aluminum arrows are prone to breakage and bend more easily. They are simply not durable. We advise that you go for either carbon arrows or arrows that are a combination of aluminum and carbon.
*Vanes: These give arrows their flight ability. Buy vanes that are of good quality and are straight. Also, ensure that they are installed correctly to avoid arrows flying in the wrong directions.


At the top of a crossbow is a stirrup. Below the stirrup’s are riser and limb bolts that have a cable and string running from one end of the curved unit to the other.
The curved unit has split limbs and two risers that attach to the upper portion of the foregrip and trigger, ending just before the upper portion of the stock.
The sight is attached to a sight bridge which is joined to the main device at the point where the stock ends and the trigger area begins.
The flight groove, also known as the arrow track and power stroke run along the arm’s length. The flight groove holds and directs arrows where you shoot them. The longer the power stroke, the faster the speed of the arrows.
Below the sight is an arrow retention string.


*Cocking: This is where the major work lies in using a crossbow. Once you master this part, you are good to go.
Firstly, place the stirrup on the ground and put your foot firmly through it, ensuring that it remains un-moving and in position. With both hands, grab the string connected to each end of the curved limbs and pull. Be sure not to pull one string harder than the other, else it makes the strings go off center and affect the firing accuracy. Pull both strings back till you hear a click sound to ensure they are in place.
Once you cock the bow correctly, set the safety to avoid firing an arrow by accident. Many models have automatic safety too.
*Arrow insertion: Insert the arrow in the arrow track. The end of the arrow needs to come in contact with the string and one of the vanes will rest inside the flight groove of the crossbow.
When you’re ready to fire an arrow, release the safety.
*Make sure that nothing disrupts the path of movement. There must be enough clearance from the trees and branches before you fire an arrow.
*Avoid dry firing: Use the dampeners on the split limbs and retention strings. Never dry fire the crossbow as it can result in string breakage and fracturing the upper limb of the device as well. In fact, multiple fractures can result from this action.


crossbow huntingCrossbow hunting is super enjoyable and accurate. It is very easy to learn too. If you want to engage in crossbow hunting, be sure to get the best crossbow to suit your needs.
You’ve been educated on the features that you require in your crossbow. You also need to practice well before going for hunting sprees, or wouldn’t you love your shots to be accurate so as to have clean kills?

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Hi, I am Gregory Beckman, as the main owner of Military Hunting and Fishing let me tell you a little bit more about myself. I am currently an active duty member in the United States Coast Guard. I have been privileged to traveling the world. My experiences have shaped the way that I see the world and my memories will stick with me for a lifetime. Although I may not live in the country, the country lives in me. Traveling the world I have had the chance to experience the wonders of nature in many different places, meeting many different people and tasting wild game that the normal person would not get to experience. Although these experiences have kept me away from home, it has instilled a deep passion of hunting and fishing in my blood. Thank you for joining our site, and I look forward to interacting and sharing stories of our hunting adventures. Gregory A. Beckman
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