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Old 07-08-2021, 06:50 PM   #1
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Default Bow vs Crossbow - hunting from ground.

I'm trying to make a decision on either getting a new bow or a crossbow.

I'm afraid of heights (big time). I'm also very clumsy. I want to be able to hunt from the ground. I don't know how to hunt from the ground. Any suggestions would really help.

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Old 07-08-2021, 07:16 PM   #2
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They both have there advantages and disadvantages.
Compound
- Have to draw back to launch arrow
-harder to stabilize and aim (more practice is needed with a compound I believe)
-slower speeds
Crossbow
-Already drawn back
-Dont need to practice as much to perfect
-faster speeds

The pros definitely go for the Crossbow as it’s more user friendly however the concept is the same as far as shot placement is key with both items. As for myself I love all the cons with the Compound it makes it much more rewarding when everything comes together after so much practice. I enjoy hunting with both as they both have pros and cons but I tend to lend more towards the compound more often.

If you decide to go with a crossbow I have a really high quality package for sale in the classifieds. Whatever you decide to purchase practice and have fun with it!
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Old 07-08-2021, 07:19 PM   #3
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If you are clumsy you gotta be more aware with either or you’ll have a broadhead in you or a cut string.

Hunting on the ground is very productive, many diff techniques. I don’t use pop up blinds. I like a small chair or millennium tree seat, sun faded camo curtains or burlap, para cord, and clothes pins. Its real fast and extremely effective. The only drawback especially with guns is they come in so close you can’t move to get a shot or with a gun you get blood splatter on you.

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Old 07-08-2021, 07:56 PM   #4
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Be very aware of what's behind your target when hunting from the ground. The ground won't stop your arrow after it blows through or by a deer! Especially if theres rocks where you hunt! I've seen an illuminock go into orbit after it blew through a deer or two!!
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:46 PM   #5
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I was all through hunting until I picked up a bow There are so many things that can go wrong while bow hunting but the tremendous lift you receive when
it goes right is indescribable.
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Old 07-08-2021, 09:00 PM   #6
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I get more out of killing with my compound, but crossbow>compound.
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Old 07-08-2021, 09:33 PM   #7
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I get more out of killing with my compound, but crossbow>compound.
Perfectly stated.
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Old 07-08-2021, 09:59 PM   #8
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Yep, if you want the more deadly weapon I would choose a crossbow.
I don’t own one though. If it weren’t for the challenge of getting drawn back on a mature buck within 20 yds, I might as well be hunting with a 30-30 on a bipod.


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Old 07-08-2021, 10:04 PM   #9
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My suggestion would be get a firearm. If you are clumsy your are going to be more proficient with a rifle, shotgun, or even muzzleloader, plus lookup crossbow finger amputations.

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Old 07-08-2021, 10:05 PM   #10
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My suggestion would be get a firearm. If you are clumsy your are going to be more proficient with a rifle, shotgun, or even muzzleloader.
I think the clumsy part was more do to heights. I bet he has firearms...
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Old 07-09-2021, 08:36 PM   #11
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If you are dedicated and willing to practice I'd get a compound.. the satisfaction and excitement to me are unmatched. I hunt from a ground blind, tank ect. Have pretty much all of my life.


If you aren't going to practice, and practice more then get a crossbow. It's not worth injuring animals.

I will say though that I am also one who thinks compounds should only be allowed during rifle season.
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Old 07-09-2021, 09:36 PM   #12
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I will say though that I am also one who thinks compounds should only be allowed during rifle season.
You mean crossbows?
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Old 07-09-2021, 10:28 PM   #13
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Anything not recurve should be rifle season…

A crossbow can result in many lost animals or misses because folk try to use it like a rifle. Exact yardage knowledge and ballistic dots is a MUST. Too many crossbow users try to stretch the distance too.

Not every deer tries to jump or duck string, it depends on the deer. I have noticed 30 yards is a safe shot. Regardless of 300 fps or 450 fps, the 30 yard distance doesn’t change because there isn’t a significant difference in the speed of sound -vs- the distance the bolt makes it before they flinch.

Its many times easier to use a bow than a crossbow.

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Old 07-09-2021, 10:29 PM   #14
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You mean crossbows?

He said compounds.


Compounds were rejected when they were first introduced to Texas Archery seasons, just like a lot of folks reject the crossbow. Now, a lot of the wheely bow folks think they are high and mighty by reject-n the crossbow. I wonder where this train is gonna stop next?

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Old 07-10-2021, 07:49 AM   #15
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Op, tell us a little more about your background. Do you have any prior hunting experience? Do you have time to practice and be proficient? Both are great tools to get you outdoors and enjoy food you brought to the table.
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Old 07-10-2021, 08:27 AM   #16
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If ya gona practice lots Compound ..If crossbow is set up accurately you can get away with way less practice.As far as range goes 400fps same weight arrow /bolt ,have about same trajectory..So 30/40 yards is ok with either...

People in general can shoot CB more accurately due to there rifle shooting experience...Scopes, trigger etc...The real booger is range est (trajectory) them arrows falling like a rock (kinda)...And Time for target to react to sound of shot......Neither Bow or CB are silent (some more than others )

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Old 07-10-2021, 08:56 AM   #17
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If possible, find an experienced hunter you know to show you what they do. Read Chuck Adams. He hunts from the ground with success. A Big Mike pop-up would be a good start since you can easily carry it on your back and move it to different spots. You will enjoy a good compound bow more if you like to shoot bows. A crossbow is like shooting a scoped 22 rifle at close range, and there is no "practice time" to put in. A crossbow is much more dangerous, harder to cock and set up in the dark, and can cut off fingers and thumbs. You can shoot 3d events for fun with your compound.

Here are some basics:

Make sure your hunting spot is in shadow, cutting a hole in the brush with loppers to darken your profile, and uphill from the trail if possible. Morning sun and afternoon sun are opposite so you will need multiple stands, both for sun and different wind directions.
Make sure your walk in approach will not wind or spook deer. Set up at a 90 degree angle from the line of travel so the deer are not looking directly at you. Interior fence crossing funnels are good because some bucks will put their heads down to crawl under, giving you a chance to draw back your bow. There is nothing like a buck walking in front of your ground blind at point black range-especially when you and the buck see each other at the same time.
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Old 07-10-2021, 09:07 AM   #18
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I've been an archer all my life but last year was my first year to hunt with a crossbow out in Kansas. Can't wait to do it again! So I would say go with a new crossbow!!
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