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Using crossbows in a treestand

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Using crossbows in a treestand

Most hunters are well versed in the nuances of tree stand hunting. Ladder up, climb up or jack up, the idea is to get off the ground to avoid being seen, smelled or heard by approaching game.

Enter the crossbow, a relatively new tool (not even legal in all states at the moment, though we are gaining ground) that requires special handling on the ground, on the way up to and in the stand, and even while exiting the stand.

The strategies and techniques hunters must employ to utilize these specialized bows to their maximum efficiency often vary radically from those of the standard rifle or compound bow user. For example, it’s often nearly impossible to turn 360 degrees while in a tree stand and holding a crossbow, and even more difficult to turn 360 degrees in a tree stand while aiming a crossbow. Need to reload for a fast second shot, while still in your stand? Unless you’re a gymnast, good luck.

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