Why I Switched To Crossbows
By: Terry Madewell
What I discovered about the challenges and versatility of crossbow hunting after decades as a vertical-bow hunter
Bowhunting passions die hard. For many years I loved the challenge of hunting various big-game species with a compound bow. But shoulder and neck problems threatened to shut down my bow season. Not wanting to give up bowhunting altogether, I decided to try a crossbow. Happily, I can relate that the transition to using a crossbow was much easier than I’d thought it would be. And crossbow hunting has enabled me to maintain the same mental and physical engagement and enjoyment I had experienced through hunting with a vertical bow.
I had feared that the “up close and personal” aspect of bowhunting, which I’d always loved, would be lost, but in some ways it’s been enhanced.
My issues with continuing to hunt with the vertical bow were limiting physical issues, mostly from old injuries. The core problem was arm, shoulder and neck issues that made it impossible to effectively draw and hold, even with modern compound bows. I prefer to focus on positives when it comes to hunting, and I discovered to my surprise much of what I loved about bowhunting with a vertical bow has remained intact with the crossbow.
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