Range and Distance of a Crossbow

Determining the range of your crossbow is a complicated process, especially when this range can change depending on the type of bow you are using.

As a general rule, you should always be within 40 yards of your target when trying to successfully shoot with your crossbow. However, with that being said there are various factors that can influence and change your crossbows hunting range, and being aware of these factors is essential to increasing your crossbow hunting skills.

The following article will outline the basics of crossbow hunting ranges to help you improve your hunting skills.

One thing that will determine the best hunting range for you is the trajectory of your crossbow.

This can vary depending on various things including the type of arrows you are using, the type of crossbow you are using and the type of hunter you are.

The best way to determine the trajectory of your bow is by simply practicing.

Make sure you are familiar with the trajectory of your crossbow before you take it onto the hunting grounds, as this will greatly help in learning the range of your bow.

Additionally, the type of arrows you are using will impact the trajectory of your bow. For example, broadhead and fieldpoint arrows will have different trajectories, even if they are the same weight.

This makes it very important to become familiar with the trajectory of your bow with both kinds of arrows. This will help you get a better idea of how your hunting range changes depending on the bow type you are using.

3 Factors That Influence Range and Distance of a Crossbow

  • Type of crossbow
  • Type of arrows
  • Trajectory of crossbow

Another thing you can do to determine the best hunting range for you is attempt to simulate real-world scenarios throughout the course of your practice sessions. For example, if you are going to utilize treestands when hunting, try to shoot from an elevated area as much as you can during practice sessions.

If you are going to be hunting on awkward and uneven ground when hunting, practice this kind of shooting during your sessions. Additionally, try and practice on various target sizes and distances, as this will prepare you for hunting real prey. One thing to note that may be obvious is that hunting real prey is completely different than target practice.

Thus the hunting range that you may be comfortable with in practice sessions is likely not the same range that you will be comfortable with during real hunting sessions. For example, even if you are comfortable shooting targets from a range of 50 yards during target practice, this comfort level may drop to 20 yards when you are hunting a live deer.

This is another reason why it is important to simulate real-world scenarios during your practice sessions.


Ultimately, determining the range of your crossbow is a very intuitive process that will become easier as your experience with your crossbow increases. Although it is important to be aware of the various factors that influence crossbow range, the best way to learn is to get as much experience as you can with various types of crossbows, arrows and hunting environments. Once you have experienced this kind of variation, determining the range of your crossbow will be process that will come naturally