Crossbow Deer Hunting (The Definite Guide)

Discussion in 'Bowhunting' started by Robert Gate, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. Drycreek

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    I don't know what to say.........
     
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    Robert I'd be glad to help you if I can. I'd be glad to give you my feedback on something your posting.
    Don't worry too much about any hard critiques on here. Most of these people are salt of the earth folks that are on here to both give knowledge and get it. You'd be lucky to have anyone of them as a neighbor. We're all just standing around leaning over the bed of a pick up talking about Deer and a whole lot of other things. Join us as often as you can.
     
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    Great to hear that we have nice neighbors around :cool:
     
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    3.3 Fiberglass Bolts did not know anyone made fiberglass, I believe you mean carbon fiber.
     
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    It's funny that my SIL, who has never tried using a CB to hunt with, has some of the same opinions.
    When I told him that having hunted with both, a Vertical Bow is MUCH MORE Easy to use he couldn't believe it. Carrying it in and out is much simpler that carrying a CB. I have found that with a CB the limbs tend to catch on everything you go by. They are Top Heavy and tend to swing down if you try to carry them with a Sling.

    The Only REAL advantage is they are already drawn when a shot opportunity presents itself.
     
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    Which also means, you don't have to practice to be efficient. You don't have to get away with the movement needed to draw. You make it sound like its only a slight advantage. I used to carry a CB for youth's to use and don't remember it being so cumbersome to carry.
     
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    I'm sorry but I don't agree with you. Maybe you don't have to practice as much, but with any weapon that you chose to become proficient with you must practice with it.

    As to Movement, there is still movement, it is just a different kind of movement. With a Vertical Bow the movement is with your arms as you draw backward (unless your one of those guys that point to the sky and lower as you draw), with a Crossbow the movement is both with your arms and head as you swing the bow into position and lower the head to sight. It is also easier to re-draw fro a 2nd shot with a Vert Bow than to re-cock a Crossbow, IMO.

    Carrying with a Vert Bow you can let it hang down and carry easy with one hand. With a Crossbow if you tried that the bow limbs would be catching on everything you pass, unless you are hunting in open woods or fields.

    To me they are both Archery and simply a Choice of the Shooter as to which one to hunt with and I really don't see why there is a fight among hunters about who uses what.

    Now if your going to be set up inside a Blind and have the Crossbow setting in one of those Quad Pods where all you do is swing it into position and pull a trigger, then yes the Crossbow is much easier to use.
     
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    Hunt with what you want to but when I start reading the stuff you wrote above, it sounds like you are trying to justify your choice to shoot a xbow. There's a reason I choose a xbow for youth hunters and it wasn't because it was difficult to use
     
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    Justify?

    This is where discussions start to get stupid. They are both Legal in my state. When I bought the Crossbow I had some serious back issues and I thought it might help me be able to still hunt. I gave my bow to my SIL because he didn’t have one.

    I have no need to justify using a Crossbow to you or any else.

    They are Archery Equipment that has been around for thousands of years. If you really want to keep Archery pure, then start hunting with a Long Bow only.
     
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    I've already said, use whatever you want. But the minute you start trying to convince anyone that it's the same as a vertical bow from a difficulty standpoint, you are trying to justify it (maybe just to yourself but...)
     
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    Your entire focus is that since the Crossbow is already drawn, then it is easier to use for hunting.

    Ok, yes having a bow already drawn vs drawing one when game is in range could be seen as an “advantage”.

    Now what about all the rest?

    If your in a tree you have to have enough clearance to maneuver side to side for a shot. Having hunted with both I can say I know it is easier to do it with my bow vs my Crossbow. You are able to work with your bow in much tighter areas.

    As to weight most common era bows are lighter and just as fast or close to as fast as a Crossbow.

    Balance is different. You are holding more weight with a forward tilt than with a bow.

    In the end having hunted with both you will not convince me and you already have your mind made up so any further discussion is of no use.

    And with that I am done with the topic.
     
  12. Buckbuilder

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    I have shot over a hundred and twenty deer with a bow, and around 40 deer with a crossbow. I now only hunt with a crossbow for many reasons. The form you must be able to achieve shooting a compound is a much greater negative than any obstacle shooting a crossbow, imo. Most crossbows are lighter than guns out there.
    Unless you're Fred Bear I think your best bet would be with a crossbow...
     
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    I went on a trip to OH last year. Everyone but me had a cross "bow". They were reading the directions how to use them when we got there. They were hitting 2" groups @ 40 yards in minutes. Calling them bows is a stretch. That said my Diamond doesn't resemble the 35# Ben Pearson I started with.
     

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