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For the treestand hunter, the crossbow offers an unusual challenge. Should you cock the bow on the ground or in the tree? The safest practice is to cock the crossbow on the ground and place it on safe, but don’t load a bolt in the THE TURBO XLT from TenPoint Crossbow Technologies bow. Attach a pull-up represents the trend toward lighter, more narrow crossbows. The Turbo XLT is only 131/2 inches wide when cocked, making device to the crossbow it easily maneuverable in hunting situations. and then climb the tree using standard Tips safety practices. Once you’re safely in the The basic bowhunting requirements of tree with your safety harness attached, pull scent control, effective camo, preseason up the crossbow using your lifting device. scouting, proper equipment and practice, Check to make sure the safety is still on practice, practice apply to hunting with a and then put a bolt in the bow. crossbow just like with a vertical bow. Reverse the procedure when descendThere are, however, a couple of additional ing the tree. While it might be possible for considerations that deserve some attention the bow to discharge if it is dropped, or if when it comes to crossbows. the safety were in the off position and the A basic but easily overlooked consider- trigger were caught by a piece of brush, the ation is allowing room for the limbs’ for- result would simply be a dry fire of the bow. ward motion on the shot. I spoke to a cross- (A “dry fire” is the term for the release of bow hunter who was hunting from the the string, of either a vertical bow or a ground when a doe came by completely crossbow, without an arrow or bolt in the unaware he was there. Snuggling up to a bow to absorb the energy. A dry fire can pair of small trees he placed his arrow (bolt) result in severe damage to the crossbow.) between the trunks and squeezed the trig- This is not good for the bow, but would ger on what he felt was a sure shot. The not pose any danger to the hunter, except next thing he knew he was on the ground, to his wallet. This procedure is far more with a bloody nose and a cut just below his favorable and safer than attempting to cock eye, as the doe moved off untouched. He the bow while in a treestand. had not allowed for the limb movement at At the end of the day, simply removing the shot. the bolt renders the crossbow unloaded; it When he pulled the trigger the cross- should also be uncocked. While there are bow limbs struck the tree trunks and, un- several ways to do that, the simplest way is able to move forward, they pushed the to shoot it, but because a bow should never crossbow, and our hunter, to the rear. When be discharged without an arrow to absorb setting up your hunting site, always take the energy, shooting an expensive bolt with the time to ensure you have adequate clear- a broadhead into the ground can get exance for your crossbow limbs when the shot pensive real quick. The best thing to do is is fired. Just because your limbs are clear carry a practice arrow with a field tip inwhen the bow is cocked does not mean stalled that can be used just for discharge. they will clear nearby obstructions when While firing the bow into the ground might fired. make sense, it can be dangerous or costly. APRIL 2010 55

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010

Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
The Close Call
Silent Whispers
The Shot Not Taken
Eastern Coyote
A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
In the Company of Children
A Jake for Ben
Early Bear Management
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Fun Game
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Chocolate-Covered Cream-Filled . . . Gobbler
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 6
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Close Call
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Silent Whispers
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 11
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 16
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 21
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Grandparents’ Pride, A Grandson’s Gift
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - In the Company of Children
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 27
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - A Jake for Ben
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 29
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 32
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 34
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Field Notes
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 36
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 37
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 38
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Conservation News
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 41
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 42
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 43
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 44
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 45
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 48
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 49
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 51
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 52
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 56
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 57
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 60
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - BB2
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