Pennsylvania Game News - July 2017 - 57
By P. J. Reilly
INCE THE 2013-14 deer seasons,
more than half of all deer taken
annually with archery equipment
statewide have been taken with crossbows.
Does that mean most Pennsylvania
archers are carrying crossbows as opposed
to compounds, recurves and longbows?
But it certainly means there are more
than a few crossbows out there.
One benefit crossbows provide over
other kinds of bows is that it's fairly easy
to become proficient using one.
You don't have to spend hours and
hours perfecting your form.
That doesn't mean it's not a good idea.
Anyone can benefit from regular practice
with their preferred sporting arm.
But the average hunter can usually hit a
bull's-eye consistently within 30 minutes
of picking up a crossbow for the first time.
Shooting a crossbow doesn't require
the same level of muscle memory needed
to maintain consistent accuracy with compound and traditional bows.
Comparatively speaking, it's the easiest bow to shoot.
But that ability to pick up a crossbow
anytime and hit a bull's-eye right away
often leads hunters to the mistaken
impression that crossbows don't need
That's not true.
Maintenance makes certain they'll remain reliable.