Every year, when fall comes around, countless bow hunting enthusiasts east of the Rockies descend on their favorite hunting spots to try to target the elusive whitetail deer.
Before the hunting season begins, it is always a good idea to try to improve your knowledge and to increase your skills for maximum effectiveness.
Crossbow hunting is particularly enjoyable for hunters and, although it takes a lot of skill and practice, the effort is always well worth it.
This is not always easy and it does take some skill to be successful. This article will discuss the best ways to maximize your chances of getting a whitetail in the bag this coming fall. Let’s take a look!
Pay attention to your trajectory.
With a crossbow, there is a very significant arc as your bolt is launched and, as the heavy and short bolt gains traction and energy, it is a delicate balance between gravity and a whole lot of skill to reach your target.
As is always the case with crossbow hunting, practice is vitally important if you want to know the exact path your bolt will take and how much clearance it will require when in flight to get to your target.
Generally speaking, there is a much greater arc at 50 yards than there is at 20 yards and if you can figure out the amount of clearance you’ll need for the bolt to reach your target accurately, half the battle has been won.
Crossbow hunters always groan inwardly when they spot a fantastic whitetail in the scope but then miss the mark terribly. Very often, once you’ve squeezed the trigger, the bolt will end up in a tree or in an area far off the mark. This happens more often than hunters choose to admit but you can definitely avoid this by planning your shot carefully and then strategically defining your shooting lanes so that you have enough clearance for your bolt to reach that sweet spot.
You may wish to utilize a rangefinder to work out the distance in your shooting lane. We recommend using a target when you’re setting up your blind or even standing up and then shooting your lanes so that you have the confidence to optimize your trajectory.
Weight and size reduction.
One of the best tips of the most talented crossbow hunters is to try to decrease the weight and size of your crossbow by removing your quiver. Although this may seem like a trivial thing, it can actually help you a great deal as the quiver can easily get caught on tree limbs, blinds and other obstacles. They also catch the wind and can make aiming hard to do.
When you decrease the weight and size of your quiver, you also reduce the amount of noise and vibration in your bow, which is major plus point.
By reducing the weight and size of your crossbow, you will have a much more compact and simply tool and you will love how quiet it is while hunting for whitetail.
Another great piece of advice is to carry a hanging bracket with you so that you always have easy access to your bolts.
Use a rest.
Holding your crossbow level to your shoulder is the best position but you can soon feel tired. If you want to avoid this, you should definitely consider using a rest.
When in a blind, it is very easy to set up a shooting stick and this can also be used as a tree stand. A trigger stick is a great idea as it can be used on the majority of footrests on stands. A mono pod, on the other hand, doesn’t give you much stability at all for your crossbow but it is certainly better than holding your crossbow with only your hand.
With a mono pod, you can put it into your boot and then slide it up your leg as much as possible. You can then use your foot to determine your target as you move the rest at the same time as your bow.
Sitting provides you with a lot of support for your arms and legs, regardless of whether you are located in a blind or in a tree stand. With this added stability, you can greatly improve your accuracy, as well as your chances of getting a whitetail for yourself.
Sitting is also ideal if you want to avoid external factors, such as the wind. In addition, since your body is in a more compact position while sitting, you are less visible to your prey and you also reduce the chances of being spotted.
If you decide to sit, as well as use a rest, you are seeing yourself up for success and this is definitely something to consider if you are concerned about your precision.
Use a crossbow blind.
The marketplace is saturated with a wide range of excellent blinds. However, most of them are designed for use with a vertical bow or a firearm. That being said, there are some great blinds that have been designed specifically with crossbow hunters in mind and if you want to be successful this season white whitetails, you should think about investing in one.
Not only does a crossbow blind give you some much-needed horizontal limb clearance when at a steep angle, but it also gives you the ideal height as the shooting ports are perfectly positioned for a sitting position.
Something to consider when shopping around for a crossbow blind is to ensure that it can easily accommodate your limbs and that it allows plenty of room for maneuver when trying to make a shot from your shoulder.
Once you have executed that perfect shot, it is always a good idea to know the exact position your bolt has hit the whitetail. This allows you to know how long it will be before the animal expires.
Use of an illuminated nock can help you with this, in addition to helping you to recover any bolts that have gone straight through the animal.
This is just some basic tips but very important they can enhance your accuracy or destroy it. I like to sit with a rest that make my accuracy deadly spot on.
I hope that you find something useful, please leave me some comments blow with what work for you or more tips.