Essential Accessories

The Top Components and Gadgets You Need for a Successful Crossbow Shooting 

TenPoint’s Invader is ready for action. CREDIT: Courtesy of TenPoint

By Wendy Wilson

It’s a huge world out there.

Some accessories do one thing; others do another. How do you know what you need?

Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re a novice crossbow hunter or a seasoned enthusiast, this article will provide you with the top accessories crossbow experts recommend and why you should have them.  Continue reading


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

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

12 Tips for Expert Crossbow Shooting

By Bob Robb

No mistake about it—modern crossbows are sophisticated hunting tools.

How do you load a crossbow? How do you pull its string back? What’s the trigger like? Do they kick like a rifle? Are they noisy? Are they accurate, and at what distances? Do they have power to kill a deer?

When I first started shooting modern crossbows several years ago, I had no idea what to expect. Like many who had never played with them, these tools confused me. I had seen them on TV, but without ever handling one, I wasn’t sure about many things. Was I surprised!  Continue reading

Gear Guide


Crossbones/Crossbow Ground Blind

When you’re in the field for hours at a time, it’s nice to have a place to rest your crossbow while you’re waiting for your prey to come into view.

Ameristep has extended its product line to include the Crossbones/Crossbow Ground Blind. The hub-style ground blind was designed specifically for the crossbow hunter who can enjoy multiple rest options to steady his or her shot, including a multi-position, window bench-style and a hanging cradle-rest system. Comprised of Durashell Plus fabric, which eliminates excess noise with its quiet, weatherproof and wear-resistant material, the blind’s construction is rugged, durable, and provides excellent stability and easy set up.  Continue reading