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3 Items Every Crossbow Hunter Needs

Updated on May 20, 2014

The Elements of a Successful Crossbow Hunt

Anyone who has ever hunted knows that there are many factors that go into a successful hunt. If you have just received your crossbow, then there are a few things that you are going to need to purchase to make sure that you next hunting trip is a success. The first thing that you are going to need to purchase are some arrows, or bolts as many people call them. You will also need a quiver so that you can carry your arrows along with you out into the field. If you are anything like me, there is also something else that you might need to carry with you during your trips. Being prepared for what the hunt may have in store for you is the single best way to increase your chances of success.

Always make sure to go with the manufacturers suggested arrow length.
Always make sure to go with the manufacturers suggested arrow length.
Ensure that you get the correct nocks on your arrows because they are not all the same.
Ensure that you get the correct nocks on your arrows because they are not all the same.

Choose Your Arrows Wisely

As I stated earlier, one of the first things that you need to purchase are crossbow arrows. Many people will refer to them as bolts, but they are in essence just short arrows. When you are looking for your crossbow arrows, I highly recommend that you read the manual that came with your crossbow to figure out the arrow length. If you get a good starter package, then they will most certainly come with arrows included, but in most cases it is usually only 2-4 arrows. You are going to need to get a bit more to ensure that you don't get stuck without ammo.

There are different types of arrows that are on the market right now, but I believe that the best two options that are currently available would be carbon and aluminum. I have 22'' Carbon Arrows with moon nocks on my crossbow and I would highly recommend them for any crossbow that accepts 22'' arrows. The crossbow package that I purchased came with 22'' aluminum arrows, but I had heard good things about carbon, so I decided to give them a try.

There are a few differences in how they work, but the end result is the same. If you are hunting something that has a thicker hide, then I would suggest that you take the route towards carbon. If you are looking for something that is going to have less of a price tag, then I would suggest that you only look at the aluminum arrows. Carbon is a more durable material, so it is able to take more of a beating. This would usually mean that they have a longer lifespan, but because aluminum is malleable, those arrows can be reshaped if they get bent. Arrow material is a matter of preference. You might have to test the two out before you come to a decision. Just make sure that you follow the recommendations that the manufacturers has included with the crossbow, because if you don't, you will most likely void the warranty. Once the warranty is voided, there is nothing much you can do to remedy the situation.

Choose the color that matches your style.
Choose the color that matches your style.

What About the Quiver

Not surprisingly, you are going to need something to allow you to carry those arrows around the field. There are various different models on the market that will do the trick, but they are all different in some respect. In this article I will be introducing the one piece and the two piece detachable quivers. I do not feel as though there is a need to mention the hip quivers, because I do not feel that they have any added benefit for the shooter when it comes to crossbow hunting. If we were talking about archery, then I think that this statement would not fit.

The one-piece detachable quiver is my favorite because I feel that it provides the most functionality with the least amount of noise. Given that I typically use my crossbow when I am out hunting, I need a quiver that has the capacity to hold enough arrows and remain quiet during the shooting process. This type of quiver is meant to house a substantial amount of arrows and there are less parts on it to make noise. This is perfect when I am heading out to the hunt because I will not run out of arrows as quickly as I would if I had a smaller capacity quiver. Another added benefit is that you can quickly detach this type of quiver in one piece if you need to get to small quarters. You can also remove the quiver is you are trying to hit a difficult angle.

You cannot remove two piece quivers like you can with the single piece detachable. They do offer the shooter the same benefits. Many of these types of quivers tend to have lower profiles than their counterparts, meaning that they should be able to fit into those tight spaces that would either wise require the removal of a one piece. I used this type of quiver in my early days and I will say that the bow does feel a little bit more balanced when you are shooting. What really matters here is how you will be using the crossbow. If you are the type of hunter who either likes to run-and-gun or stalk their prey, then you are better off getting a two-piece. If you are a tree stand hunter, or someone who is shooting out of a blind, then I would choose the one piece.

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Anything Else?

If you were looking for the minimal amount of things that you would need for a successful hunt then there you have it. All you need to do is make sure that you look over your arrow selection and your quiver selection in a scrutinizing fashion. One you have the items that are best suited to your needs, you are good to head out into the field. I would recommend however, that you always make sure to have extra supplies out with you whenever you go.

I always make sure to carry around an extra crossbow string for my 150 pound panther crossbow. You may be asking yourself, "why do you need the string if it is a compound bow?" I would likely ask the same question. Everyone knows that you need a bow press to change the string on a compound bow. The reason that I carry one around with me is because I shoot my crossbow a lot. After shooting it through a great deal of shots there is always a chance that it will wear and then break.

Rather than have to go to my local sporting goods store after my string has just broken, I can just head straight there. I can use the drive to the shop as a cool down period, instead of having to go purchase the string and then go to the bow shop. Another added advantage is that I can have my crossbow serviced and ready to go -- usually within the hour. This means that I can head back out to my hunt, depending on how late it is of course.

What are you waiting for? Head out there and get to shootin'! If you have any questions, or comments, just drop me a line and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Happy Hunting!

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