Crossbow hunting presents a number of challenges. However, there are some special challenges that set it apart from hunting with other equipment.
- Before attempting to hunt with a crossbow, you must first become proficient at shooting the crossbow. This requires dedication, practice, and the development of distance-judging skills.
- Crossbows are bulkier, heavier, and more difficult to transport than firearms or conventional bows.
- Crossbow hunting is done at a much closer range than rifle hunting. Therefore, it often requires a higher degree of stealth and sheer effort to get into position to make the shot (similar to fly fishermen among anglers).
- Crossbows have special safety concerns that do not apply to firearms or bows. For example, a cocked crossbow without an arrow loaded can still cause serious injury if it is fired accidentally.
- Due to the design of crossbows, a crossbow hunter cannot take a follow-up shot as quickly as a firearm hunter or bowhunter.
- Crossbow hunters must become adept at scouting, tracking, and recovering game. This takes perseverance and patience.
While these challenges may be too great for some, many find that these elements add to the pleasure of hunting. Crossbow hunting can be a unique emotional experience because you are so close to the game.
Along with the special satisfaction that crossbow hunting offers comes the responsibility to achieve a quick, clean, and humane kill. Therefore, it is critical that crossbow hunters master specific techniques and learn the anatomy and behavior of the game being hunted.