For crossbow hunters looking to take their game out of the practice range and into the wilderness, deer is the common first choice for hunting. However, even if you have read our Crossbow Hunting Tips and Crossbow Hunting Safety Tips articles, there are a few things you need to know about Crossbow Deer Hunting in particular before you begin your hunt. Take a look at the following article for an overview of the things you need to know before you set your sights on hunting deer.
The first thing you need to know when hunting deer is that crossbows are short-range hunting weapons, meaning you must be within 40 yards of a deer’s potential travelling area in order to successfully hunt them. With a hunting range this small, you have to be very quiet when approaching deer.
This is a whole other practice that you must master on top of mastering the use of your crossbow. Stumbling into the deer’s range after spotting them is a sure-fire way to send them running out of your proximity, and in this situation even the most accurate crossbow hunters will not be able to hit their target.
Additionally, sure you are utilizing some kind of scent control and are taking the quietist routes of approach. This is where knowing your hunting land comes in very handy. Furthermore, the small shooting range means that your first shot should be the kill shot. Rarely will you have more than one opportunity to shoot, so if you miss the first time, it is not likely that you will have another shot. Make sure that you aim for the vital areas of the deer, such as the neck or stomach, to give you the best chance of making the first shot
Another thing to keep in mind is the type of crossbow bolts you are using. Crossbow bolts come in either 100-grain or 125-grain broadheads; broadheads themselves are categorized into either fixed or mechanical types. For deer hunting, fixed points work better. Additionally, ensure that your broadheads are as sharp as possible to ensure that they successfully penetrate the vital areas.
Many broadhead bolts are light and may fail to penetrate the deer sufficiently if they are not aimed precisely. Ensuring that they are very sharp will increase the chances of penetration and give you more probability of success if you do happen to make a slightly off shot.
A final thing to bear in mind when hunting deer is to always keep another arrow in your crossbow cocked with the safety on.
This is very important when trailing deer, especially if they are large and potentially dangerous as there is the possibility that they will charge at you if they spot you or if you miss your shot. In this type of tense situation aiming is much harder, so ensuring that you are prepared in case you miss the shot in integral.
Successfully tailing and killing deer can be a huge adrenaline rush, especially if it is your first time. Keep the above points in mind when you are on your first hunt and make sure that you do not attempt to hunt deer without adequate training and practice. Once you have the basics down, start practicing your stealth, scent control and aim and you will be on your way to your first successful deer hunt.