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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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I figured I would give it a shot this year with the xbow. I have a 2000 Ten Point Woodsman Plus that my Dad bought way back when. He left it to me when he passed and I figure this is the year to start using it. It is set up with a Bushnell red dot scope. The string was pretty beat so I had a new one put on and have been shooting almost daily for about a week now. It is heavy and loud but very quick. The bolts are Carbon Express but I forget the model off hand. Does anyone have any tips for a first timer? Broadhead recommendations? I use Grim Reaper Razortips with my Bowtech.

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I'm sure you will get a lot of different kind of broad heads users but for me I'm been using rage for a number of years and shot many white tails and three black bear in Canada in the last 5 years
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I figured I would give it a shot this year with the xbow. I have a 2000 Ten Point Woodsman Plus that my Dad bought way back when. He left it to me when he passed and I figure this is the year to start using it. It is set up with a Bushnell red dot scope. The string was pretty beat so I had a new one put on and have been shooting almost daily for about a week now. It is heavy and loud but very quick. The bolts are Carbon Express but I forget the model off hand. Does anyone have any tips for a first timer? Broadhead recommendations? I use Grim Reaper Razortips with my Bowtech.


I like Slick Tricks, I have found for me the most important thing if the distance to the deer as arrows dive very fast. I have a 6x rangefinder but its a bit much, I think for deer a 4x would be better.

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Today's broadhead designs are light years ahead of what we had to choose from 20 years ago. If you put any of today's broadheads where you are supposed too, the result will be a dead deer. Most of the lost deer reports we hear about that say "I hit the deer perfect but the broadhead failed" are the result of the hit not being where the archer thought it was.

I always tell folks, if your modern broadhead of choice shoots great groups, hunt with it. If you like mechanicals, opt for the "crossbow" version as they often have stronger retention systems. If you like fixed blades, usually the regular version and crossbow version are exactly the same.

It was good that you replaced the string and cables on it. Make sure the cam timing is good after the string and cable change. Respect the danger of getting your fingers where they should not be. Always keep them below the rail. Load an arrow from the front, not at the mid shaft, which puts your fingers in the triangle of danger. If not using a rest, choose carefully when to bring the bow to the shoulder if a deer is approaching. Your forward arm will not last long and you will have to lower it down if the shot doesn't come fast. I have been busted many times getting caught in that scenario.

A crossbow is still a bow and kills by bleeding. Choose your shots wisely.

Good luck!
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This will be my 3rd season of using a crossbow and it is fun and a bit boring to me.
Previously I did not hunt with a bow since I didn't have the time to be what I considered proficient to be in a hunting situation but mostly I never had the interest.
Several years ago some of my retired friends talked me int trying archery hunting with a Xbow.
I figured why not and brought a mid priced unit, figuring if I didnt like it it would be something to shoot out back with the grand kids.

I do enjoy shooting it and at 40-50 yards out can hold a nice grouping. It is slightly loud but the trigger click and the wack of the target bag are almost simultaneous.

The boring part for me is I have always been a moving or still hunting style hunter and sitting in a blind for even several hours at a time has me playing with the cell phone or wanting to start walking around.
Hopefully over time I will overcome this bad habit setting since I can sit and hunt turkey and waterfowl without getting antsy.

Good Luck with the crossbow and no matter what the weapon or season being outside sure beats sitting on a couch.
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