Crossbow deer hunting is awesome. I actually heard some people say they find it a lot easier to hunt with a crossbow than a regular bow (or any other weapon, for that matter). People who aren’t strong enough or are small-framed might have problems hunting anyways, but the crossbow really makes it easier for them, and allows those who love hunting to truly participate. Whenever asked, I always recommend that crossbow hunters use the best scope they can afford – it makes a big difference to the outcome of your hunt!
The crossbow was around for a very long time and was initially used as a weapon during battles. The arrows or bolts (which would be the “munitions” so to speak) are launched using a trigger system (similar to a hand gun). It’s a convenient and a swift weapon, which makes hunting “smooth” so to say, especially when the hunter knows how to aim well. Crossbows are very similar to old-fashioned bows; they have a limited range, as do regular bows. What that really means is that if the hunter wants to be a 100 per cent sure he won’t miss his target, he has to be very precise to estimate the distance between the crossbow and his prey. Most hunters prefer a shot distance of 20 meters, but crossbow manufacturers say they can go as far as 40 meters.
Another pretty important detail when it comes to crossbow hunting is that you have to know when to draw your bow; doing it too soon can be a mistake. This sort of act requires a special kind of patience. I had a friend who was so close to the deer he could almost touch it. The mistake he made was that he didn’t give the animal enough space, and the deer actually got spooked and ran off. You should always be careful to give your prey enough space and draw your bow at the right time. One other very important thing to mention is that hunters, in general, are encouraged to not simply injure the deer (that would be a great shame to simply cause it pain and then let it live on with a wound in the wild) but actually kill it.
There are some rules in crossbow hunting, like children under the age of 14 can’t hunt deer with a crossbow, however, that is not a very clear-cut rule. I have seen kids at the age of 10 hunt with a crossbow, very efficiently I might add. Also, hunters usually have to wear hunter orange. I usually use a camouflage too, just to be more “professional”.
One of my favorite things about this type of hunting is that it helps me be pretty precise, and I just love arrows and the way they penetrate the “meat”, like in ancient times, before all the high-tech guns came about. Most crossbow models have a scope sight. And I don’t mean to brag, but seldom do I miss my target. I also think that broadside shots are most effective. When I do miss my target, it’s usually because I scare it off. There are different seasons for crossbow deer hunting, but the most popular one is usually in November. And it just happens to be the month I was born in. You want to know what I usually do for my birthday? You have one guess.