I was thinking of trying some stillhunting with my crossbow after christmas,and was wondering how many have done it,and if so,do you carry it, with and arrow nocked or only in its quiver? thanks in advance, larry
I do. Not really sure what I do, would classify as still hunting though. I move really slow.
I carry with arrow on the rail at the ready. I got in range of several bucks this year and chose to pass. I even got the opportunity to hunt on snow this season. I flank to one side and watch everywhere. One step at a time. It's one of my favorite ways to hunt and I can think of only a few deer that I've taken, being shot in a different way.
Have you done this before?I call it walking like an Indian.Take small steps and few,look hard and pause for minutes at a time.You will see deer.What happens after that depends on you and the animal.Sneaking up on a deer takes practice.Be carefull with each step.Don't make a twig snap.The quieter the better.I have hunted deer and grouse that way.Plan each step you take.If the arrow isn't nocked don't bother going.You won't get a shot.
I don't still hunt with my xbow...but i did kill my buck this year on the ground at 10 yards...I walked up on him and he never seen me...had my arrows in my back pack...kneeled down and loaded up and thats all it took...
I love to still hunt, but I just hate doing it with a crossbow. It is heavy, awkward and hurts my back and arms and gets tandled up on weed and branches. I just find a nice place to sit and plop down. I would rather still hunt with a recurve bow and I meen a real recurve bow or even a light compound bow. I love all bows though.
I agree it can be done effectively if the wind is favorable and the footing allows for stealth mode. I actually prefer a damp(not rainy due to loss of blood trail possibility) and breezy days for this. Amazing what you can accomplish on such an intelligent animal if you're careful. Only downside at this time of year is that with the deer herded up somewhat, it's rare to see a lone deer. It's obviously MUCH easier stillhunting 1 deer with 1 set of eyes and ears as opposed to a bunch. But by all means try it with the arrow railed, you'll likely jump and bump many more deer than you'll get into archery range but you'll have a blast!
just make sure your limbs dont have any obstuctions in front of them if you get a quick shot opertunity in a thicket on a bedded deer that you just walked up on etc... I like to still hunt during late season,ive never connected or taken a shot for that matter but ive had alot of close ups and one of these times it should pay off, im pretty much new to this hunting tactic with only 3yrs of limited experience but it gets me pumped up when I can get within 20yds of a deer before it knows im there. this will be my first year doing so with an xbow. maybe I will get lucky and get a perfect shot opertunity.