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Crossbow Buyers Guide

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To be sure you don’t get stuck with a crossbow your unhappy with; you will have to give some thought to which one will suite your needs.

Crossbow Buyers Guide

If you’re new to crossbows, choosing the right one can be a tough decision. There are more makes, models, and sizes available than ever before.  While modern crossbows often look and operate similarly there are some key differences you should take into consideration.

This crossbow buyers guide will outline the most important crossbow factors that you need to consider before making a decision.

Tips & Tricks

6 Top Turkey Tips

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If you’re going to be blast bolt at gobblers this spring here are my the Top 6 Turkey Tips.

  1. Broadhead. Try a broadhead designed specifically for turkey hunting in order to preserve meat and optimize your success rate.
  2. Camouflage. Wear camoflague that blends into your background and keeps you comfortable during the wildly unpredictable spring weather.
  3. Closer. Make sure you draw those gobblers in as close as possible so you can put a confident shot right where you want it.
  4. Targets. Practice on a small target and try to replicate taking that same shot you would on the animal.
  5. Decoy it. Setup your turkey decoys at your effective range to fix an individual or entire flock’s position.
  6. Practice the shot. To mimic your hunting setup practice shooting from a hunting stool, a standing position, or on the ground.

TechnologyTips & Tricks

Trail Camera Testing

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Trail cameras are the primary scouting tool for the modern hunter, capturing footage of the wild game in your area that you can use to give you the edge.

There are dozens of trail camera brands and models to choose from.  Each one has varying capabilities and setting that you can configure. While some are easier to setup and use than others, you want to make sure the model you’re using is setup to take the best images/video possible.  There’s nothing worse than spending all that money and timing setting up a trail camera, only to find out later that it wasn’t properly configured. So to ensure you don’t miss capturing that elusive trophy, spend 20 minutes and test your setting.

This is a quick test that will guarantee your flash range; focal point, image clarity and trigger speed are dialed in and ready to capture the perfect shot.

  1. Program your camera as you would before taking it into the field (use default settings, gives you a solid starting point)
  2. Now mount it 4-6 feet high on a tree, telephone pole or tripod. Try to do this in an relatively open area.
  3. Stand next to the camera and measure 10 feet directly in front of the lens.
  4. Place a stake or easily visible object at this spot.
  5. Measure out another off another 10 feet and repeat until you have a straight line of stakes/objects every 10 feet, for 50 feet.
  6. Turn on your trail camera and let it arm itself.
  7. Go behind the camera and loop around, outside the camera field of view but in line with the 10 foot marker.
  8. Now walk past the camera at the first 10 foot marker (make sure your camera has time to capture your image)
  9. Then allow it to rearm and repeat this step for each of the stakes/objects.

This test will provide you if visual evidence of your cameras following capabilities:

  • Maximum Detection Range in Distance (the farthest stake at which the camera can detect you),
  • Maximum Detection Width (how far into the field of view you had to walk)
  • Image Clarity (will tell you the ideal focal distance)

If you’re also interested in testing your  Trigger Speed you can reuse this setup and try running by your camera at the various distances. If running isn’t your thing you can drive by on an ATV, or have a family pet do the running.  This test allows you to determine whether you are happy with your current systems trigger speed or whether you believe it’s time for an upgrade.

Product Spotlight

Magnus Bullhead

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Engineered to withstand the rigors of the fastest crossbow on the market while attaining optimal accuracy, the Magnus Bullheads has established itself as a favorite among crossbow turkey hunters. It’s unique blade is designed specifically for head or neck kill shots and has been aerodynamically crafted to achieve the best possible flight characteristics in it’s class. Magnus offers a complete turkey hunting crossbow kit (broadhead, bolts, fletching) or the broadheads in the 3 pack variations listed below.

Product Reviews

Rinehart Crossbow Targets

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Rinehart crossbow targets are considered by many to be the best archery targets in the world and have long been a go to for crossbow hunters. Now Rinehart has come out with a line targets specifically designed for the crossbow shooter. Built to with stand both field point and broadhead punishment from the fastest crossbows the only thing you’ll have to worry about is picking the right one.

Tips & Tricks

Crossbow Bolt FOC

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Tuning your crossbow bolts will help you tighten your groupings and will ultimately be a key part of your success.

To optimize your accuracy you need to understand what affects your crossbow bolts flight. The front of center of F.O.C. of your bolt can have a big influence on accuracy especially at longer ranges.

 So what exactly is F.O.C.

F.O.C. describes the percentage of your crossbow bolt’s total weight that which is located in the front half of the bolt. The more weight that is located in the front half of the crossbow bolt, the more forward is the crossbow bolt’s center-of-balance.

The F.O.C. balance position of the crossbow bolt is one of the more important elements affecting the shape of the crossbow bolt’s trajectory curve. Ideal F.O.C is especially critical for target shooters participating in long-range shooting competitions or hunters that are pushing the their crossbows to the maximum shooting range.

While F.O.C is less relevant in some crossbow hunting situations (short-range shots), it can be critical in those long-range situations or if your shooting a crossbow with a low FPS rating. A high F.O.C. will fly with good stability, but will shed its trajectory quicker and nose-dive. While a crossbow bolt with low F.O.C. will hold its trajectory better, but can fly erratically. For hunting situations crossbow bolts with 10-15% F.O.C. for hunting setups and optimal accuracy.

How do I Find my F.O.C.?