The crossbow’s greatest advantage over the compound bow is its ability to maintain a loaded, ready-to-fire state, whereas the compound bow, although faster to load, can lose a shot from the crossbow. p>
When shooting the bow, the string of a conventional compound bow pushes the arrow more than twice as far as when shooting a crossbow. Therefore, to produce the same arrow speeds, a crossbow must have more than twice the draw weight of a compound bow.
Compound crossbows are the most powerful form of crossbow and fire a crossbow bolt at much higher velocity than the recurve. The pistol crossbow is much smaller and less powerful than the compound and recurve crossbows. They are said to have a usable range of only 30 yards.
One of the biggest advantages of using a crossbow for hunting compared to a regular bow is that once the crossbow is cocked, holding the crossbow at full draw requires no energy or effort from the hunter b>. The hunter can then concentrate fully on aiming and simply pull a trigger when ready to shoot.
The compound bow is by far the most popular bow for hunting and target shooting. Many styles are available, but they all work in basically the same way.
Some of the most common targets for bowhunters are white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, bear, and turkey. But very experienced bow hunters often use a bow to hunt animals as big as moose or as wary as coyotes! Those with sniper-like accuracy may even find success bow-hunting squirrels or rabbits.
Crossbow shooting is fun and great for hunting, but just like a bow, muzzleloader or firearm, practice takes practice to gain confidence and familiarity. Placement on a tree stand is always crucial, but it’s even more important when hunting with a crossbow.
Summary. If you don’t care about hitting a target, a powerful modern crossbow can shoot up to 500 meters. If you want to hunt up to 80 yards is possible for a very experienced shooter, but you should stick to a maximum of 60 yards and preferably much less than that (30-35) if you’re at it are a beginner.
Crossbows are bulkier, heavier and more difficult to carry than firearms or traditional bows. Crossbow hunting is carried out at a much shorter range than rifle hunting. As such, it often requires a higher level of camouflage and sheer effort to get into position to make the shot (much like fly fishing among anglers).
Con: They can be heavy
While all of the complex bits and pieces add quite a bit of power to the crossbow and make it more accurate to aim, it also makes it significantly heavier than a traditional one bow.
Hand cocking a crossbow can be difficult if you are dealing with disabilities or other strength and mobility issues. Modern crossbows can have draw weights in excess of 150lbs, and it’s easy to misalign the bow while attempting to draw back the string by hand.
Crossbows are legal archery gear for big game (deer, antelope, elk, turkey, and bighorn sheep). As of 2014, big game hunters between the ages of 12 and 29 must be certified in Bowhunter Education.
Compound bows are easier to draw, aim, and shoot. Their cams or wheels roll over during the draw cycle to reduce the bow’s draw weight at full draw. This drop goes as high as 90%, meaning archers can only hold 7 pounds at full draw on a bow with a peak draw weight of 70 pounds. Repeatability is critical to accuracy.
Note that you can effectively kill deer with a 40 pound draw weight bow. As a rule of thumb, 40 pounds of kinetic energy will efficiently kill whitetails, and 50 pounds or more is required for larger game like moose, elk, or bear.
A quality bow with a draw weight of 40 pounds or more and a sight (or not!) is all you need to start hunting deer with a recurve – but again, if you are just starting out we would urge you to use a compound bow for hunting as it is easier to use for new hunters and you are more likely to take down an animal than…
Easiest for Bowhunting
Most of the easiest animals are those that have an Achilles heel that bowhunters prefer. For black bears that would be the stomach. Hunted for bait in the spring, they can be downright easy. Because of this, they are the perfect quarry for beginners in archery.