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How many arrows do you take hunting?

So, I am new to crossbows. Just curious, how many arrows do you take hunting?

Have you ever needed to make a second shot on a deer that you hit and were trailing?

Note: I am not counting decocking arrows.
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when I go out , I take three. one on the crossbow to shoot and two spares
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So, I am new to crossbows. Just curious, how many arrows do you take hunting?

Have you ever needed to make a second shot on a deer that you hit and were trailing?

Note: I am not counting decocking arrows.

4, just cause my quiver holds 4.
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I always have 3 but I might start taking 4 , Example for 4 this year my 14 year old son spined his buck it went straight down but need a killing shot he wiffed on the 2nd shot since by then his buck fever had kicked in ,luckly we were able to get out of the ladder stand and he was able to get 10 yards away and finished him off. But that got me thinking one more bolt wouldn't be bad to have along
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5, my quiver holds that. Gotta ask, how many bullets do you take? A gun seems to be a superior weapon and I know guys that take a whole box.
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...Gotta ask, how many bullets do you take? A gun seems to be a superior weapon and I know guys that take a whole box.

Had to laugh... after hearing all my hype about Deerfield Plantation, Bumblehick brought 100 rounds with him the first time he came on that hunt with me.
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My quiver holds three, and that's what I take.
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I usually take three BH plus a field tip. Two lighted nocks and one normal. I did put a second arrow in a deer this year, though not while trailing. The first shot went higher than intended...it was about a 40 degree down angle and I didn't bury the crosshairs enough. The deer was paralyzed/stunned, but probably only the offside lung, so I reloaded in my climber and shot it again. It was either that or hurry down and use a knife. If it was a ladder stand I would have just climbed down quick, but of course a ladder stand would not have been high enough to make that same shot. That said, I am leery to approach a struggling deer with the possibility of a broadhead sticking out.
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4, just cause my quiver holds 4.
That is my number and the same reason.

I do have extra arrows and broadheads at my camp and my house just in case. LOL. Although we never had to go back for more. I have had a couple instances with the kids where their 1st shot wasn't the best and the deer stopped and allowed them a 2nd shot. We have also had a couple of spined deer that because of circumstances there was a couple of shots required to finish them.

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In 45 years of archery hunting mostly with a compound bow one time I shot 3 arrows to take 2 coyotes. The first went down and the second was penned to the ground but still moving so I finished him off. A other time I had a buck "Jump the arrow" and I was lucky and to get a perfect spine shot then I used a second arrow to finish hm off....

With a compound bow never had to take a second shot yet.
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