If you are new to the crossbow, or experienced with it and want to upgrade your gear, Crossbow Revolution magazine and website are great reference sources.
The magazine is on newsstands now and is available in digital form on iTunes, Google Play and Windows Store. You can go to the website and check out reviews of new X-bows from major manufacturers like Mission, Barnett, Tenpoint, Excalibur and others. You’ll also find info on the latest crossbow scopes, arrows, broadheads and accessories.
“This is a watershed year for crossbows,” points out Crossbow Revolution Editor John Geiger. “Manufacturers are finally delivering excellent triggers and lighter, narrower and safer crossbows.”
While the mere mention of crossbows used to ignite a firestorm of controversy among archery hunters just a few years ago, the horizontal bows have gained acceptance and are now a integral part of the whitetail hunting industry in America. More than half the states now allow crossbows in archery season. Studies show that crossbows have gone from 15 percent of total archery sales in 2007 to more than 30 percent.
It is curious that I have still never hunted or killed a deer with a crossbow. It is something that I have long planned to do, but have never got around to it.
How about you? Are you a crossbow hunter, or one of the holdouts that still doesn’t accept the X-bow? Who’s gonna hunt with one this fall?
Last year I was able to take my daughter out hunting when she turned 10 because Nebraska allows the use of crossbows. She was able to shoot her first whitetail because of it. I don’t think I would have started her that early otherwise. I think crossbows are another great way to introduce new and younger hunters into the sport so many of us love so much. I intend on using it to fill some of my antler less tags if I get the chance this year.
I have no problems of crossbows. I own and have used both for deer & turkey hunting. The compound bow is and will be my go to for a long time but I will still get my share of sits in with the crossbow. I haven’t killed anything with the crossbow yet but would like to do that and add it to the list of weapons I’ve taken deer with. Maybe this year .
I have used a Horton In the past an will again in the future as I have also done with my compounds and recurves. To me it is about choice no different then a centerfielder bolt action, muzzleloader, pistol. I have killed big game with all six of the afore mentioned weapons. BD