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Who made the switch to crossbow from compound by choice, not medical reasons?


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#1 fallfever

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 11:29 PM

I posted this on ArcheryTalk but thought I might get some better input on here so...

Just wondering how many have made the choice to shoot a crossbow instead of a compound by virtue of there own choice and not because you had too? If so do you still get the same thrill of the kill and enjoyment you got when you hunted with a vertical compound bow?

I am thinking about making the switch but am just wondering if I will still feel the same thrill I do when I can draw and take an animal at close range with my compound. One of the reasons I am thinking of switching is the type of terrain I have at my property. I don't have a lot of large trees that I would consider stable enough to support a treestand, so a lot of my hunting is done on the ground and I think the crossbow would work to my advantage in this situation. Also my son who is 10yrs. old can now legally hunt with one in the state our property is in. My funds right now won't allow me to keep my bow and also purchase the crossbow so I would need to sell my compound in order to finance the purchase. I have mixed feelings right now about giving up my compound mainly because it is all I have used for over 30yrs.

Just looking for some feedback.

Thanks, FF

Edited by fallfever, 30 September 2011 - 10:49 AM.


#2 fireguy

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 01:05 AM

I decided on a crossbow over a compound because it is more of a challange where I hunt, all spot and stalk in the mountians of B.C. Using a compound would be a lot easier weight wise as I pack mine for miles a day over very rough terrain and thick bush , sometimes carrying a rifle for back-up for grizzlies and usually will have to debone and pack any game out of the country I'm in on my pack just to get it out to my truck.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 05:14 AM

I posted this on ArcheryTalk but though I might get some better input on here so...

Just wondering how many have made the choice to shoot a crossbow instead of a compound by virtue of there own choice and not because you had too? If so do you still get the same thrill of the kill and enjoyment you got when you hunted with a vertical compound bow?

I am thinking about making the switch but am just wondering if I will still feel the same thrill I do when I can draw and take an animal at close range with my compound. One of the reasons I am thinking of switching is the type of terrain I have at my property. I don't have a lot of large trees that I would consider stable enough to support a treestand, so a lot of my hunting is done on the ground and I think the crossbow would work to my advantage in this situation. Also my son who is 10yrs. old can now legally hunt with one in the state our property is in. My funds right now won't allow me to keep my bow and also purchase the crossbow so I would need to sell my compound in order to finance the purchase. I have mixed feelings right now about giving up my compound mainly because it is all I have used for over 30yrs.

Just looking for some feedback.

Thanks, FF


I still shoot my Hoyt Rampage, but started using a Crossbow because of my wife and daughter. It gives them a better chance of a humane shot in my opinion. It is very challenging and just as fun. You could always pick up a used recurve if you want to throw some arrows around in a traditional manner. Good Luck and Have fun!

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#4 firemedic396

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 06:45 AM

Here in NJ we were not permitted to hunt with a crossbow without a legally/medically documented medical condition. Since they changed the law to allow anyone to hunt with a crossbow, I switched over and like it a lot! I still shoot/hunt with my vertical bow and haven't lost any interest in hunting because it's still all about the thrill of the hunt, not the weapon being used. You shouldn't have to give up your vertical bow if you enjoy shooting it. If you want a crossbow and your state allows one, you have the option of buying a good used one from a shop or from the internet. Deals can be found anywhere as long as your willing to search for them. Caveat emptor (let the buyer beware). Not everyone is honest or reputable, so be careful in your dealings. I bought a crossbow that retails for about 400 bucks from a friend who had financial trouble for 250 and had only shot 4 bolts from it! There's room for all kinds of hunting, hunting equipment, and people in the woods. There are those who will be very negative towards crossbows and may be even be borderline beligerent, but those are the ones who need to be ignored and you can do your own thing. Be an embassador to the sport of hunting and represent it well no matter what weapons you choose to use. Greg

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 07:08 AM

Also in NJ and bought the xbow when they made hunting legal.

I am not 100% sold on them vs my vertical bow with a draw locking device.
The xbow seems to be more vulnerable to problems since the cables and strings are so highly stressed and the string angles tend to separate the servings. Not real crazy about the extra weight either.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 07:14 AM

I didn't switch to a crossbow. I added it to the arsenal.
And just like guns & vertical bows, I have different crossbows for different hunting situations.

Don't let anyone elses negative stigma about crossbows effect you. If they have a problem with it, it is THEIR problem not yours.

As FireMedic said, it's all about the hunt, not the kill. The thrill of the chase, not how it ends. Else we would just use guns.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 08:50 AM

I started using one as soon as Oklahoma legalized hunting with them last year. I used a compound before but due to being blind in one eye I can shoot the crossbow more accurately. In Oklahoma, being blind in one eye will not get you a medical permit it has to be a shoulder or arm problem so I did not have a medical waiver to hunt with a crossbow. I was ok with a compound from about 25 yards in but with my crossbow the farthest I have shot is about 30 yards and that is with the first crosshair. I have not even begun to see how accurate it is at longer ranges.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 09:08 AM

I was given a chance to get a crossbow for retirement. I got one I can and will with my Mathews and my Tenpoint.
I will hunt deer in Michigan with my crossbow. Both are great and the hunting and killing of deer are still difficult things to do. A younger person may enjoy crossbows because they are easy to use and hit what's aimed at. Learning about hunting and shot placement are the same. I hunt with a rife too. Conditions and practice are what you need to find out what you want to use.

#9 DeereGuy

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:39 AM

I made the switch entirely by choice....I ignore any ignorant negative remarks. I have killed many deer with my recurve...no sights...finger release. I don't feel there is any need to justify my choice to anyone!

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:12 AM

The situation over here in the UK is slightly different, as we have no bow hunting.

I am just setting up a cheap recurve crossbow for 3D and Field competitions, to use when the winter gets here and I don't enjoy shooting with my compound. I don't mind bad weather, but trying to dry off and clean up a wet compound bow is a pain, where a simply xbow is pretty easy to clean and just as challenging to shoot.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 02:44 PM

The situation over here in the UK is slightly different, as we have no bow hunting.


If we keep fighting amongst ourselves, we are headed for the same scenario here in the US. I try to tell the elitist pukes this, but they won't listen. I don't think they care, they would rather see it run into the ground as oppose to change.

#12 kioti

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 02:51 PM

I have made the change to a crossbow purely by choice. This will be my first season though so still will gain more knowledge when I actually harvest a deer. Switching from the compound bow to the crossbow has kind of rejuvinated my interest. It has actually been a lot of fun gathering information and retooling so to speak.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:56 PM

I just bought my first crossbow, wanted to try something new. Still will hunt with the compound though too.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 07:34 PM

I made the switch on my own. I had hunted with a vertical bow for about 15 years but was never very good at it. I did the weekend McKenzie shoots, belonged to a bow club and all that but never felt I was very good.

Killed 3 deer with my vertical bow and also missed several others and am ashamed to admit I saw 2 deer run off with my arrow in them. Also looked around at my buddies who proudly proclaimed "I drew some blood tonight" but when you asked where the deer was, they said they couldn't find it. Came to realize one of the dirty little secrets of vertical bow hunting was that a lot of deer do not get recovered. That was it for me.

A buddy had a crossbow which I tried out and in no time flat was placing arrows in a 50 cent circle at 20 yards and baseball circle at 30. Did some research and bought a TenPoint and have not looked back. This is my 5th season with it and I have filled my freezer and gave some away every year since.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 10:02 PM

I switched on my own with no apologies whatsoever. I killed my first couple deer with a recurve and many many more with a compound bow. I switched to crossbows because they are absolutely fun and re-invigorated my enthusiasm for archery. I am a "results oriented" hunter and anyone that is against crossbows is a hypocrite if they are not shooting a completely primative set-up such as a homemade stick bow and handmade arrows.
These archers that are putting down the crossbow are guys shooting ultra-modern compounds with all the latest bells and whistles at speeds that rival most crossbows. It sad at its worst and laughable at its best.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 03:34 PM

I resemble O L 's response

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 06:58 PM

I like to hunt, it not about what weapon I'm useing, injoy the challange, used to gun hunt, but no effort was required like with the bow or xbow, i hunt by singling out the buck i want, then pursue it and only it, unless i see something larger, i'm not any longer concerned with the quanity, its just a something in are blood, that drives us to hunt. If you want to use an xbow, than do it. Ethical hunters who hunt ethically is all that matters.

#18 one shot scott

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 04:40 PM

At age 28 I decided to switch to hunting with crossbow exclusively although I never sold the compound. No medical reason for it I just wanted a bow that required no maintenance.I've added a newer compound to the arsenal but I can't bring myself to stop hunting with my Excalibur y25. It's just too fun to shoot!

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#19 reko

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 05:39 PM

I went to a crossbow because I wanted to reduce the chance of wounding an animal. I like knowing if I only shoot at a standing deer inside my limit of 45 yards I am unlikely to make anything other than a killing shot. I get the same satisfaction when I get a big buck as I did when hunting with a vertical bow. Not because of the crossbow but buck fever has been gone for years, or I just haven't see one big enough to get it.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 11:48 AM

I shoot a Darton Pro1000 for my vertical bow. It is set at 66#'s, which is starting to push it for me. I bought a crossbow after going to a deal rep shoot at a local store. I really enjoyed it so thought I would give it a try. Now I wonder if I will ever take my vetical bow out to the woods with me.