Ever been wondering about the most extended effective range of a crossbow when it comes to taking down deer?
It is said that a crossbow can target a deer at 150 yards. Many people think that crossbows are like rifles. I am sure that these people have minimal experience and lack of knowledge about crossbows. Or simply they’ve never used a crossbow before. There are many contradictories about crossbows,and I am here to clarify many things about them.
Debunking the Myths
It is a sure thing that crossbows have stock and scopes similar to rifle scopes. Crossbows are closer to modern vertical bows than to rifles. They shoot arrows. Previous crossbows shot bolts,and they are not used anymore because they are simply not efficient. Bolts were shorter than ten inches in length and were built very poorly and in unrefined shape. Crossbow arrows are made similar to compound bow arrows. They are shorter and usually more powerful to compensate for the lack in length. In addition, crossbows have strings and limbs. Most of them have wheels,cams,and cables too.
Also, crossbows can shoot arrows at a speed typically between 250 and 350 fps. They can’t be compared to deer rifle that shoots at 2000+ fps. However,slowe
r speeds result in more arrow drops. The impact point of a 30-06 is roughly an inch or two from ten to hundred yards. When it comes to crossbows,the difference is measured in feet rather than inches.
We can’t hide the fact that practice is the key to master crossbows and become a better hunter. It is not about the crossbow itself,it is about the user. They have been adding a lot of improvement to crossbows over the last decade. Purchasing a new crossbow with built-in high technology will guarantee you more significant results and a better hunting experience. Yet,don’t expect results very quickly.
Practice is the Key
Many people start complaining as soon as they get their new crossbows. They complain about aiming,target range,firing speed… but they forget the most critical part: practice! You know what to blame from now on. Just a quick instruction,don’t try to shoot the crossbow freehand with a shaking body. You will undoubtedly miss your target.
If you are used to shooting close targets using your compound bow,keep in mind that a crossbow won’t magically expand your range to 70 and 80 yards. Shootingon your treestand or shooting sticks will help for sure and extend your range. But it still takes more time and practice to shoot crossbows effectively,particularly at more extended ranges.
Should You Switch to Crossbows?
Have you been used to rifle and you want to switch to crossbow? That is a really great idea,but you need to start slow and work your way out. Bowhunting has never been challenging, but you need to have enough knowledge and experience to get the full potential of your crossbow. If you never killed a deer with an arrow before,you need to start with shooting antlerless deer. They are less dangerous and remember that you are shooting at a closer range. Shoot as many as possible,and you will know a lot of techniques like how to track,where to shoot,how to wait for an opening,and much more. Simply put, it’s an art that you need to master.
Furthermore,an arrow loses energy while it travels through the air. Heavier arrows wouldleave the crossbow at a slower speed,but theywould keep maintaining their shootingpowerfor a more extended period at downrange. Some shooters may be able to hit targets at very long distances,but the arrow wouldn’t have enough energy to make a lethal hit. The best crossbow arrow can take a second to hit a target at 100 yards,but would that be enough to take down your aim?
On a game animal,anything in the range of 50 yards is considered to be a long shot. That is what is believed by the experienced crossbow hunters. If you are new in this game,consider starting with a maximum range of 30 yards. Added to that,if you are hunting in the woods,you won’t get more than 30 yards anyway as branches and underbrush would limit your range.
The fun part about crossbow hunting is that you will get close to the animals. During your experience with crossbows,you will find out that it is actually possible to hit targets at a very long range. Yet,when it comes to hunting,it is best to get close to your goal and deliver an ethical kill.