For the hunter who wants to switch to crossbows, there are things you must know. Below are five tips that can help beginners in crossbow hunting.
Tip #1 Buy a Crossbow which suits the animal you will hunt
Tip #2 Always use Good Arrows
As we all know, arrows are to a crossbow as bullets are to a gun. The type of arrow you use can be the difference between a miss and a hit. Some arrows are easily swayed away by wind while some usually stay on their path and hit their target. Draw weight determines how fast your crossbow will release its arrows, but it is the job of those arrows to carry that momentum until its target is hit. Very light arrows are not that good for hunting because they waste momentum; this makes them hardly maintain a straight path over long distances. They quickly change from a straight shot to one determined by projectile motion, making it easy to miss your target. Good arrows on the other hand can maintain a relatively straight path for longer distances and transfer the momentum from the crossbow to its target. Today crossbows which can fire arrows at up to 400 feet per second exists, but if you have one that can release an arrow at speeds of about 250 to 300 feet per second, you are ok.
Tip #3 Always use a Scope Sight
It is still possible to find crossbows which still come with open sights, but I will advise you not to go for these. Buy only crossbows which have scope sights; especially since you are still a beginner. When you use these optical sighting devices, it is easier for you to make accurate shots. What magnification you choose should be determined by the distance you normally fire from. On average, a scope sight with 5X magnification is good. Just as crossbows differ, so does scope sights. Scope sights have reticle which helps us target objects. It may be a red dot or vertical and horizontal cross hairs. It stays suspended on the scope sight’s lens. Using them, one can focus on a game as far away as 20 yards. But for objects father away than this, you may have to increase your point of sight to one higher than what it is supposed to be. This is to allow for projectile motion. Today scopes with more than one reticle exists; you can even get some with up to four reticle points. These extra red dots or horizontal lines allows for projectile. The normal 20 yard dot or line is usually at the center while the other dots or horizontal lines are arranged below each other. Each new line is meant to allow you aim at father objects. The next dot might be for 30 yards, the next for 40 yards and the last for 50 yards.
Tip #4 Always use Good Arrow Heads
An arrowhead is the piercing part of an arrow. It is responsible for most of the momentum of the arrow and its projectile motion. A very light arrowhead cannot be used to shoot far objects because they hardly make good projectile and usually lack momentum but very large arrowheads are also problems; they don’t get far before they hit the ground. This is why buying the right arrowhead matters a lot. If you are to get an arrowhead, try and get one of about 100- 125 grains.
Tip #5 Begin Practice at a Range
Since you are a beginner, I would guess that your aim is not that great yet and most likely fail to hit a bull’s-eye. What this means is that, you could accidentally hit someone if you practice where there are people and cause a whole lot of pain for that person. To avoid trouble, I will advise you go to a shooting range and practice your aim there.