I know by talking with fellow hunters there is very seldom a hunter with the same taste or hunting style. Just show up at your local coffee shop during hunting season. You’d swear the manufactures were paying them for their marketing skills. Prime example of this is: I have a very good friend that produced two of the top-selling compound bows. One made Outdoor Life for top rated seller of the year. With that being said, he prefers to shoot a longbow. He preached in his seminars the differences between a pass through and minimal penetration of an arrow he prefers minimal so, the arrow can dig into the vitals every time the animal takes a step.The difference between us is, I prefer my arrow with a large entrance and exit hole with the arrow buried 10″ into the ground on the other side. So, here being great friends we have two completely different opinions.
What I can do is give you logical advice to help you choose the right crossbow. That is to get out to your nearest dealer and sling a few bolts down the range. Try all the brands and models he has to offer. Believe me, you will fall in love with them all. I try to point out some of the positive things that some crossbows have that will fit your needs. I try to inform you on necessities you may find that will work well for you when you’re hunting. I will point out ones that seem good, but may be more of a hindrance to you. You have to ask yourself, what are you willing to spend? Some of the crossbows are very expensive while the others less expensive. Whatever you choose, I don’t think there is a bad crossbow on the market today.
After you purchase the crossbow of your choice, another frequent question is asked, “What type of arrow should I use?” Crossbow arrows are normally called bolts. The bolt used for the crossbow usually depends on the model and manufacture of the crossbow. Another thing you should consider is the knock. Usually there are two styles; a flat knock which should be used with the Horton & Barnett Crossbows, while the other is a half-moon knock used with the Excalibur & Ten Point Crossbows. One other thing you should consider is the length of the bolt. They range from 16″ to 22″. The bolts should be matched for the crossbow you purchase. Do not take this lightly or you could get seriously injured.
With that being said, most crossbows are very smooth fast shooting with extreme accuracy. With a little practice, you will be filling your freezer & stuffing sausages. Be sure to check your rule books as most states don’t allow hunting with crossbows unless you have some type of disability permit or a senior over 65 years of age. For Wisconsin residents, cross your fingers crossbow hunting may be just around the corner.