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Did You Know Crossbows Are Now Legal In North Carolina

Updated on March 21, 2014
Crossbows are now legal in North Carolina during Archery Season and Sunday hunting is also now legal during deer archery season.
Crossbows are now legal in North Carolina during Archery Season and Sunday hunting is also now legal during deer archery season.

Crossbows Are Now Legal In North Carolinas Deer Archery Season

Did you know that as of August 1 , 2010 that Crossbows are now legal in North Carolina anytime that bow and arrows are legal and that Sunday deer hunting is now permitted. This opens up bow hunting to a lot of people that were not able to operate a regular bow and arrow properly. Previously you could only use a crossbow if you were handicapped.

Crossbows have been around for about two thousand years and they were once used to defend castles and to penetrate armor.

Almost anyone can become fairly proficient at taking down big game like deer , bear , and wild boar with a crossbow. While you do still need to practice so that you will become a good to great shot with your crossbow it won't require the degree of skill that a regular bow and arrow required.

The crossbows of today have gone through many changes and it is nothing today for a crossbow to shoot at 300 feet per second. Yes indeed they have came a long way. And while you may have found it hard to hunt deer with a regular bow and arrow you should have no problems with a crossbow.

I do suggest for your own safety that you purchase either a hip quiver or a quiver that is made to attach directly to your crossbow. It is quite easy to get some nasty cuts on crossbow hunting arrows so be sure you have a quiver that you are comfortable with and one that you like to use.

Crossbows and the recent rule change to allow crossbow deer hunting for everyone will open up the deer archery season to a lot more people in North Carolina.
Crossbows and the recent rule change to allow crossbow deer hunting for everyone will open up the deer archery season to a lot more people in North Carolina.
You want to practice until you can put your crossbow bolts in the red part of the deer on the deer target above.
You want to practice until you can put your crossbow bolts in the red part of the deer on the deer target above.

You Can Now Use Cross bows To Hunt Deer In North Carolina

As with archery crossbow hunting will require some skill and practice. I strongly suggest purchasing a Styrofoam full size deer target to practice with your crossbow on. You need to practice until you can put 4 arrows in a 3 inch round circle at 20 , 30 , 40 and 50 yards. If you can do this then you should have no problems with taking a deer with your crossbow.Also learn to become proficient with a scope on your crossbow. Sight it in with a friend helping you and check it quite often to make sure your settings stay where you want them.

During the off season practice , practice , and then practice some more with your crossbow. Most shots at deer in North Carolina will be at 20-30 yards so you really should practice at this distance until you are a perfect shot with your crossbow. And learn to judge distance so you will know at about what distance you are taking your shot at. Down range obstructions like over hanging branches can spoil the shot of a lifetime. It really is best to prepare several different places for your tree stand well before deer season comes. Clear branches or limbs from possible shooting lanes.

Now that crossbows are legal during deer season in North Carolina you want to practice until you consider yourself a very good shot with your crossbow. Practice until you can put 4 crossbow bolts in a four inch circle at 20-30 yards and you should be able to make a penetrating shot through both lungs of a big buck and the deer will go down quickly.

You need to keep it close when you are practicing at shooting with your crossbow. Practice shooting at a distance of 20 - 30 yards. Practice until you are proficient at shooting from ground blinds and from a tree stand 20 feet up a tree.

When scouting for a deer hunting area be sure that its legal for you to hunt there and there will need to be deer in the area for you to go deer hunting. And the chances now are even better with North Carolina making crossbows legal that you will be able to get that big buck this coming deer season. I suggest you start your scouting for spots for your tree stands in mid summer and look for future potential food sources for the deer you will be hunting in archery season. Watch for places where there will be water , acorns , old apple trees that still produce apples and etc. If its legal in your area put out salt blocks or deer corn to draw and hold deer in your area.

If you don't yet own a crossbow you can purchase one at a great price above. Just be sure that the crossbow you purchase is the one you really need and that you practice with your crossbow until you are really good with it. It won't matter that North Carolina has made hunting with a crossbow legal unless you practice with it until you can shoot that big buck with it easily.

May be this big guy is in your future now that cross bows during deer archery season is legal in North Carolina.
May be this big guy is in your future now that cross bows during deer archery season is legal in North Carolina.

Did you know it is now legal to use a crossbow during archery season in North Carolina? Post your comments and questions now.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I had a friend that hunted with a bow and arrow. Very effective way to hunt and is actually more challenging then using a gun. He hunted turkeys of all things!

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