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Excalibur Crossbows www.excaliburcrossbow.com (519) 743-6890 Scorpyd Crossbows www.scorpyd.com (319) 331-4700 (319) 631-0604 Barnett Crossbows www.barnettcrossbows.com (727) 234-4962 TenPoint Crossbow Technology www.tenpointcrossbows.com (330) 628-9245 Horton Crossbows www.crossbow.com (330) 633-0305 Darton Archery WWW.dartonarchery.com (989) 728-4231 Bullet Archery www.bulletarchery.com (610) 833-5890) you can take 60-yard shots. Heavier draw weights are harder to cock, make more noise when fired, and the bow takes a greater pounding on the shot. In my opinion, the slight advantages are outweighed by the disadvantages, but if the higher weights are your thing, be my guest. The above comments on draw weights and power stroke apply to all crossbows except the Scorpyd Crossbow, because the reverse draw technology design is radically different and produces a power stroke of 20 inches, the longest on the market. For a rough comparison, the Scorpyd Crossbow delivers speeds and energy with approximately 50 pounds less weight. Therefore, a Scorpyd with a 125-pound draw weight is equivalent to a conventionally designed crossbow with a draw weight of 175 pounds, but is easier to cock and shoots quieter. Cocking Aids Most crossbow manufacturers offer various cocking aids designed to make cocking the crossbow easier. The simplest and cheapest is the cocking rope. This device cuts the power required to cock the crossbow by 50 percent, and can easily be slipped into a pocket for use in the field. The second alternative is a mechanical cocking device similar to a tiny boat winch that allows anyone to easily cock even the heaviest crossbow. Some manufacturers offer mechanical cockers built into their crossbows, while others offer separate units that can be quickly mounted on the bow when needed. As a general rule, mechanical cocking devices are heavy to carry, slower to use and noisy. Another option recently introduced on the market is the E-Z Cocker by Bullet Archery. The E-Z Cocker is a cylinder that quickly mounts on the crossbow, and with the squeeze of the trigger, cocks the crossbow. The E-Z Cocker uses easy to obtain small CO2 cartridges to operate the cylinder that cocks the bow. Aside from helping make cocking the crossbow easier, cocking devices also conGAME NEWS is the draw length of the crossbow, and it has nothing to do with the arrow length. Power stroke is basically the distance that the crossbow string is in contact with the arrow during the shot. This distance varies in conventional crossbows from approximately 12 to 18 inches, depending upon the design of the bow. When combined with draw weight, the longer the power stroke the greater the speed of the arrow and the higher energy delivered to the target. Although 150 pounds of draw weight with a power stroke of 13.5 inches is more than adequate for whitetail, I feel that 175 pounds with at least 14.5 inches of power stroke is a good all around choice. Remember, the crossbow is still a short-range implement, and while draw weights of 200 pounds or more will shoot somewhat faster with more impact, it does not mean that 58
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Life & Times of the Whitetail
Contents
A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Forestry & Wildlife
Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Spring Gobbler Double Take
The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
The Bender Fields
Death of the Turkey Jinx
WLA is Solid Gold
Wetlands for Wildlife
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Life & Times of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - A Novice, Yes, But That’s Okay
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Forestry & Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Raccoon & Beaver Tales
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Spring Gobbler Double Take
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Old Man, Torment to Serenity
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Bender Fields
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Death of the Turkey Jinx
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 28
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - WLA is Solid Gold
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Wetlands for Wildlife
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 43
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 46
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 54
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover3
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2009 - Cover4
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