Before You Shoot

By Wendy Wilson 

Photos: John Hafner Photos courtesy of TenPoint Crossbow Technologies

It’s the start of archery season, but you haven’t pulled your crossbow out of its case since last year.

The bow’s cables appear strong, its screws remain in place and the scope and accessories look to be in working order, but it’s not ready to hit the woods until you perform some pre-season maintenance.

Although you should always follow your bow manufacturer’s instructions for specific details on how to maintain your crossbow, here are some tasks you should complete before you hit the trail to make sure your weapon is ready—and safe.  Continue reading


Complete Guide to Crossbows

Experts Provide Tips About How to Select the Right Bow, Accessories and Clothing 

By Wendy Wilson

You got to the archery aisle inside Cabela’s and stopped in your tracks … right about the same time, your jaw dropped virtually to the floor. (Talk about daunting: product after product after product.) Where do you start?

For those new to crossbows—or even those seasoned enthusiasts who have been hunting or target shooting for some time—there’s a lot to know about the various bows, their individual features and all the accessories that come with them. Continue reading

The Affordable Carbon Express X-Force 400 Offers Ample Performance

By Jon Teater 

Photos courtesy of Carbon Express and Jon Teater


Carbon Express is a well-known leader in arrow technology.

A few years back, this Michigan-based company introduced a line of crossbows. Did Carbon Express  hit the mark with this product as it has with arrows? Unequivocally, yes. Continue reading

The Innovative Horton Vision 175 Looks and Performs Great

By Jon Teater 

Photos courtesy of Horton and Jon Teater

With age comes wisdom … and quality, performance and superior technology. And they’re all in the Horton Vision 175.

Horton is a company with which most, if not all, archers are familiar. In fact, Horton is one of the oldest crossbow manufacturers in the United States. It has utilized its experience to create a revolutionary design that has been a part of the industry for the past couple of years. Even though its Vision 175 is not a 2011 release, it still remains the company’s top seller. Continue reading

Ultimate Guide to Crossbow Safety

By Tracy Breen

Photos courtesy of 10Point

In the last few years, more people have been introduced to crossbow hunting than in the previous 10 or 15 years.

Part of the reason for that is laws have been relaxed nationwide so more people are able to hunt with crossbows in their home states. Many of these hunters are long-time bowhunters and gun hunters. They are familiar with how they work and how to operate them safely. But that’s not the case across the board, which is why we asked Jim Kempf, owner of Scorpyd Crossbows, for the following safety tips. Continue reading

Crossbow Hunting Adventures

By Tracy Breen

“Bear” Kelly with a nice Quebec black bear.

You’ve hiked through the most rugged, pristine countryside on the planet. Now, all you have to do is wait.

And then, the moment you’ve been waiting for. A large black bear. He’s got to be close to 500 pounds. You raise your bow, aim …  it’s the ultimate adrenaline rush.

Whether you are new to crossbow hunting or a seasoned veteran, one thing is certain: After taking a few whitetails, you’ll find yourself daydreaming about taking a trip somewhere away from your home state to chase a critter you can’t find in your neck of the woods. Continue reading