When you have acquired all the necessary information and you know for sure that you are ready to hunt, what kind of crossbow will you choose? This section will discuss the tips and techniques in using the correct crossbow for you.
Tip#1 - Budget
A lot of hunters are so drawn into buying the top of the line crossbows that they misuse their money. The rule of thumb is to buy the best quality that you can buy using the pre-arranged budget that you have. If you are a beginner and you still are not sure about how crossbow hunting will turn out for you, what’s the point of buying a $1,500 crossbow?
Beginners can also start small - there are crossbows that are of good quality and they will only cost you $300.
Tip#2 - The Draw Weight
The draw weight is simply the amount of force the arrow has when it is fully drawn. It is usually measured using pounds. Most places already have a designated draw weight for crossbow hunting, so it’s also one of the things you have to research about.
A good weapon typically has 150 to 175 pounds, but then again, when it comes to choices, your hands are tied by the regulations. Most states only accept crossbows in 75 - 125 pounds.
In case you are wondering what the importance of draw weight is, it just means the more draw weight, the more power you have. The bigger the pounds are, the faster the arrow is when fired. On top of that, the impact of the arrow on its target is also dependent on the draw weight.
Tip #3 - The Speed
The more speed your arrow has, the more likely it will be able to draw down even the heaviest of beasts you are hunting. That’s the key here - what do you plan on hunting? If they are lightweight, it is unreasonable to have a very fast arrow.
However, a slow arrow also poses problems when it comes to accuracy. Remember that when you fire your arrow it follows a trajectory path. If the arrow is small, the chances of it prematurely curving down are high, and thus, you may miss your target. Faster arrows on the other hand decrease the trajectory, making it more accurate on the target.
Tip #4 - The Scope Sight
Scope sights are very useful, but first, let us define what a scope sight is. A typical bow and arrow only uses the naked eye or basic sights for targeting. If your sight is 20/20 that’s good - but even if you have perfect eyesight, your naked eye cannot hold a candle to a telescope when it comes to targets that are too far away.
That’s what a scope does - a telescope built together with your crossbow so you won’t have to struggle as much to see your target when you are aiming. When buying a crossbow, if you can, choose one that has a scope.
Tip #5 - The Bolts
The bolts are your arrows and you always have to make a point of buying only the best ones. First, low quality bolts may not endure the draw weight and the speed and might break once it hits the target. Second, low quality arrows have a very poor chance of hitting the targets at all.
Always remember that you have to match your crossbow with the arrow you are using. Some arrows are made specifically for a certain crossbow, so be certain to find the match. The best ones are always made of aluminum and carbon, but if you have to choose just one composition - go for carbon.
Tip #6 - The Broadheads
The head of your arrow is called the broadhead, and yes, they can be bought separately. Quality broadheads are important for their tolerance - that is once the target is hit, will it be capable of penetrating the flesh enough to bring your target down?
There are a lot of styles to choose from and the blades are even categorized according to their sharpness. The most popular among its kind are the replaceable broadheads and the mechanical broadheads.
The first one (replaceable) is advantageous due to its convenience. They can be detached when they need further sharpening and they can be re-attached once needed.
The second one, the mechanical, is often used by people who want more accuracy in hitting the target. Its structure is very modern - the blades are capable of folding in the shaft of the arrow, and will only be released once it penetrates the target. That means that while the arrow is flying, the deflection and drag is reduced, making it more accurate.
Tip #7 - Your comfort
Before buying a crossbow, make sure that you test it. Use several positions that you have learned and pose using your intended crossbow.