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  •  My plug for crossbows... (14+ / 0-)

    I hunted deer in Arkansas for several years, using a 150 lb. compound crossbow.  Here is the breakdown:

    (1)  Portability:  Might as well nail two 2x4's together into a cross.  It doesn't port well through briars, but I solved that issue by hunting from a tree stand.

    (2)  Accuracy:  I took out squirrels at 30 yards.  I'd flag my stand site every 5 yards so I knew the precise range from 0-50 yards.  Big squirrel made the mistake of hanging out on my pre-sighted 30-yard flag.  Stew time.

    (3)  Speed:  At 20 yards the bolt hits the target before you are done squeezing the trigger.

    (4)  Hunting effectiveness:  I once hit a very large buck in the ribs at 17 yards.  I watched the impact literally knock him over.  In another instance I put a bolt through both shoulder joints. I used fixed brodheads and they went through bone like it was cardboard.

    (5)  2nd shot:  Fuggetaboutit.  Recocking can be done while in a tree stand, but you're better off making an effective, aimed first shot.

    (6)  Overall safety:  Bolts lose energy rapidly, so figure they are in the dirt at 60 yards if you're shooting horizontally at a 20 yard target.  I like downhill shots from a tree stand because of the added safety.  A miss ends up planted firmly in whatever dirt or trees are behind the target.  

    Medieval looks aside, I wouldn't hesitate to use a crossbow on hogs.  However, I'd hunt from a tree stand for safety's sake.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 08:53:00 AM PST

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