Crossbow hunting's popularity has surged in recent years in North America. This increased popularity has brought with it an increase in both the number of crossbows available on the market as well as the features and technology available to hunters in the market to buy crossbow. Even experienced hunters can have a hard time sifting through all of the different options and technologies available in today's bows. The purpose of this article is to help "simplify" the process of choosing the right crossbow for you by focusing on three essential tips for choosing the right hunting crossbow.
Tip 1. - Know the Basics
If you are new to crossbows take the time to understand the basic features available in a crossbow as well as crossbow terminology. This will help you immensely when you are trying to buy a bow. Here is a summary of the basic features and crossbow terminology.
Physical Weight and Dimensions - Crossbow sizes and weights can vary significantly. Also, two crossbows that appear to be the same size can have a difference in weight of 2-4 pounds. We will talk about the importance of crossbow size later in the article. For now, just remember that the size and weighr of you crossbow is important and can vary significantly between bows.
Draw Weight - A crossbow's draw weight tells you the amount of effort required to cock the bow. Draw weights are measured in pounds. The higher the draw weight, the more difficult it is to draw the crossbow string. Typically, the higher a crossbow's draw weight the more power a particular bow has.
Limb Style - There are two popular categories of crossbow limbs in today's crossbow models. The first is referred to as a recurve crossbow and the second is a compound crossbow. There are some sub-categories of these bow types that we won't get into here. There are advantages and disadvantages to each limb type that are too numerous to name here. For now, just keep in mind that you will need to decide which limb type is right for you when you choose your crossbow.