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distances marked on the stock of her crossbow for a handy reference. That’s where my next recommendation comes into play, and that is a crossbow scope with a built-in Trajectory Compensation System. Several manufacturers today, including Truglo, (www.truglo.com) and Excalibur (www.excaliburcrossbow.com), offer such scopes. The advantage of a scope with this feature is that it allows you to adjust the scope to the speed of your crossbow. Basically it is a variable power scope with multiple reticles. Most crossbow scopes are a fixed power, which means you cannot change the relationship of the distance between the reticles to the size of the target. The variable power allows you to sight your crossbow in for 20 yards and then move back to 40 yards with a three reticle scope, or 50 yards with a four reticle scope, and use the variable power feature in the bottom reticle. This puts all of the reticles on exact even yardages. This sighting procedure does not mean you should be shooting at deer from 40 or 50 yards, but it does mean that your 30yard crosshair will be exactly shot in and no compensation will be required in the field. Scopes with this feature cost a little more, but in my mind they are worth it. They allow you to easily set your crosshairs for exact distances with a variety of bolt weights and bow speeds in the event you upgrade your crossbow in the future to a faster model. Also, when shopping for a crossbow scope, select a model with lighted reticles, which are great in the low light conditions of early morning and late afternoon. While most of these scopes have variable intensity adjustments, remember to use a bright setting in bright light and a low intensity setting in low light. Turning the scope’s light intensity up high in low light conditions will tend to block out the target and cause internal glare in the scope. Crossbows With the popularity of crossbows growing across the country, many manufacturers are coming out with new models. It’s important to understand that these models will be targeted at specific markets — a crossbow for less money or performance (more bang for your buck). So before you lay down your hard-earned cash, take the time to understand what you are buying. Again I urge you to review the April 2009 Game News for an in-depth understanding of what to look for in a crossbow. What’s New New for 2010, many manufactures are offering lighter and narrower limb models to make the crossbow easier to handle in hunting situations. Ten Point Crossbow’s (www.tenpointcrossbows.com) new Turbo XLT is a perfect example, as it’s only 13½ inches wide when cocked, making it much easier for the hunter to use in tight situations. Darton Archery also unveiled its new Serpent crossbow that trims more than eight inches off the width of last year’s model. On the high end performance side, Scorpyd Crossbows, (www.scorpyd.com) is introducing a new model RDT-165 that produces speeds of 425 feet per second with a 400-grain bolt for the ultimate in flat trajectory. Scorpyd Crossbows is the developer of RDT (Reverse Draw Technology). RDT provides a longer power stroke, resulting in higher speeds at lower draw weights in a compact well-balanced crossbow. Summary Although I own several crossbows, I own more vertical bows, and as I write this column I have several new compound bow models stacked in my office waiting for spring to break. I’m sure one or two of them will be with me this fall as I head afield. Remember, it’s not how we hunt but the fact that we do hunt that is important. GAME NEWS
http://www.truglo.com http://www.excaliburcrossbow.com http://www.excaliburcrossbow.com http://www.tenpointcrossbows.com http://www.scorpyd.com

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
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 13
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - The Shot Not Taken
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Eastern Coyote
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Early Bear Management
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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
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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
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Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - 53
Pennsylvania Game News - April 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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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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