The crossbow sector is one of the fastest growing markets in the hunting industry today.  Companies are desperately trying to increase their profit by hopping into the game with the newest and latest technology to make them stand apart from their competitors.

Choosing a Crossbow

When choosing a crossbow to use for yourself, it is important to consider the following questions:

  1. What are my strengths and weaknesses, physically speaking?
    1. Do I want something that is easy to use, requiring little to no exertion, or do I want something that is a little more complex, requiring great exertion?
  2. What is my budget for purchasing a crossbow?
    1. The price range for crossbows ranges from a few dollars, such as this Bolt Crossbows 50 lb. Bolt Pistol Crossbow, to tens of thousands of dollars, such as this TenPoint Carbon Xtra Deluxe Crossbow with ACUdraw.  So, the budget is really up to you and what type of prey or game you are looking to hunt.
  3. What type of prey or game am I looking to hunt?
    1. Determine what types of weapons you should use to take down your prey in a way that is most humane.

Investigating Common Features

According to Daniel James Hendricks at BowHunting.com, “All crossbows are similar in the sense that they each have a stock and a bow that fit together to form the ‘crossbow’. The major differences manifest themselves in the style of bow that is attached to the stock, which currently come in three designs: Recurve, Compound and Reverse Draw.”  The differences in pricing, quality, lifespan, and accuracy lie therein these structural differences.  Seven common features to consider, according to Todd Kuhn of OutdoorLife.com, include the following: the “riser, arrow track, draw weight, power stroke, limbs, cam system (eccentrics), [and] cocking device.”  Learn more about these seven features here.

Knowing Typical Brands

Common brands include the following, according to Google Shop: “Barnett Crossbows, Bear Archery, Cabela’s, Carbon Express, Crosman, Excalibur, Horton, Parker, PSE Archery, Puget, Sound Energy, Stryker, TenPoint, [and] Velocity Rims.”

Utilizing the Crossbow

Take a look at Dustin Warncke’s comprehensive video on “Crossbow Shooting 101 – Basics & Fundamentals.”  He takes a deep dive into using crossbows for the first time and some tips and tricks on how to best use the crossbow with the greatest ease and accuracy.

What features do you most enjoy on your crossbow? What would you recommend first-time crossbow users do in searching for their first crossbow and getting the most value for their dollar?