From Ready Nutrition:

Hey there, ReadyNutrition Readers!  Now it’s time to get back into some good instruction and topics for the New Year.  I want to cover the Crossbow and some of its advantages in the arenas of hunting, survival, and as an all-around great tool to practice marksmanship.

The crossbow has been around a long time, and it saw widespread use in Medieval times as a means of utilizing a bolt to penetrate armor.  In the olden days, they made powerful bows backed by horsehair and sinew.  I’m sure there’s someone out there with knowledge about ancient crossbows and their uses.  We’d be happy to hear from you, and your comments are most welcome.  Nowadays the makes and models of crossbows are as numerous as you can imagine.  So, you may be wondering, what are the advantages to having a crossbow?  There are many, so let’s cover them.


The crossbow delivers power and accuracy silently.  It is an excellent piece with which to hunt.  JJ uses the Huntsman Advantage with 140 lb. draw weight and a foot-cocking loop, with a 10 power Simmons scope mounted on the top.  For more serious matters, there is the Barnett Commando with 175 lb. draw (It’s a little pricey, but well worth the investment, in my humble opinion.).  I prefer broad heads such a 150 grain Thunderchiefs, 4-blades on the head.

Can Be More Convenient Compared To a Compound Bow

The advantage of a crossbow can also be found in the fact that once it is cocked and ready to fly a bolt, the firer can rest: even letoff with a compound bow can be tiring if you have to hold the position for a long time.  Crossbows also allow you to fire in the prone position.  Such a stance cuts down on silhouetting and also drawing the notice of your intended quarry should you miss.  Their power cannot be overstated.  Either of those two draws I’ve mentioned coupled with a good broad head and accurate marksmanship will bring down the largest game.

The states vary in their issuance of permits for hunting with a crossbow.  Check with your state’s hunter safety board or the forestry service.  The information may also be found in the free annual hunting guide that holds the seasons and the regulations.  If you have an injury or something medically that prevents you from using a bow, most states will allow you a license to hunt with a crossbow, and it is this way in Montana.

It’s a Silent Hunter

From a survival perspective, the crossbow is silent and powerful enough to put meat on your table when it might be “inconvenient” to make a report with a firearm when hunting.  The crossbow is fairly light and can be toted with a sling or a strap across the back or affixed to a rucksack.  The bolts you’ll have to shop around for, both for length and for quality.  I prefer aluminum to fiberglass, but on this there’s no hard and fast…

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