Hey guys, I just published this article about "crossbow deer hunting", but wanted to share a short and sweet version here. ========================================== Chapter 1: Why Deer Hunt with a Crossbow? 1.1 - Weight Distribution A rifle puts most of the weight at the point of the rifle making it hard to get a solid bead on a target. A vertical bow does the same thing, but also requires you to strain your dominant shoulder pulling and holding the bow string. A crossbow eliminates both of these issues. The primary advantage is that you can secure a crossbow at your shoulder and then support the weight with both hands. The weight is more evenly balanced so you will have less trouble holding crosshairs on a target. In addition, a crossbow weighs less than a rifle making it a more stable weapon. This means you will typically be more accurate with a crossbow versus a rifle or vertical bow. 1.2 - Scopes One of the biggest advantages of using a crossbow for deer hunting is a scope. Vertical bows must use either pin sights or crosshair sights. 1.3 - Limited Movement The action of standing up and drawing the string of a vertical bow is enough to spook a deer. However, a drawn crossbow can be pulled up and aimed with minimal movement I actually have made every crossbow kill I have made with a seated shot. 1.4 - Accuracy The crossbow will more accurately kill any deer. The added arrow speed also means more killing power. The arrow will penetrate deeper to create a more lethal wound. 1.5 - Maneuverability A crossbow is smaller and lighter than a vertical bow. This means it will be easier to move in and out of brush. ------------------------------------ Chapter 2: Which Crossbow Should You Use? 2.1 - Recurve Crossbows Recurve crossbows are light and efficient, but they do make some noise when fired. 2.2 - Compound Crossbows Typically, compound crossbows are going to shoot bolts at a higher arrow speed with more killing power. They have a smoother release, so string noise is not a huge issue. They also allow you to draw back the string easier to lock it in place. 2.3 - Reverse Crossbows Reverse crossbows are more expensive, but they provide more power and more overall balance. This means a more accurate shot and a more powerful kill shot.