Made the Switch

Peplin Creek

5 year old buck +
Been toying with the idea to switch to a crossbow for awhile. I’ve shot most of my bucks with a vertical bow and thought I’m still young enough to keep on doing it that way but hunting in wisconsin can sometimes have its challenges.

This year I did a full day sit in November that was so cold, had a shooter actually walked by, I’m not even sure I would have been able to pull my bow back. I was miserable. That was the final nail in the coffin. I plan to make comfort more of a priority moving forward, comfy double stands, box blinds, etc.

I have a few friends who have given me a lot of flack over making the switch but I keep telling them once the bucks on the wall… it’s on the wall.

Here it is my First Crossbow. Hopefully it’ll bring me as much joy as Mathews Halon 6 did. Can’t wait for spring to start breaking it in.

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Tree Spud

5 year old buck +
I did also a couple of years ago as i like to hunt late season. I was no longer able to pull a vertical back and hold for 2 minutes until there was a ethical shot. Sitting in the cold for hours and then trying to be limber enough was just not there.
 
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Mortenson

5 year old buck +
Did Tenpoint ever come up with a way to decock or do you still have to fire it?
 

Bill

Administrator
You're going to love it. I'll never go back so long as it stays a legal option.
 

Peplin Creek

5 year old buck +
Yes the accuslide models can all silently cock and decock. And it’s made so that at any point during the cocking and decocking cycle you can let go of the handle and the bow string stays right where it is. The handle can’t spin out of control. Other than having a parts failure in the cranking mechanism I see almost no way of the bow being able to dry fire. It’s a really slick deal.
 

buckdeer1

5 year old buck +
I won't allow them on my land unless handicapped,But to each their own 85%. At least it's under the right thread
 

356

5 year old buck +
I too made the switch from a Mathews to a Ten Point following shoulder surgery nine years ago. At that time one had to have a doctor’s order, but a couple of years later crossbows were added to the season for all hunters. The change did not result in deer carnage, and I am happy to be starting the 2023 season with a new NXT400 my wife got me for Christmas.
 

Angus 1895

5 year old buck +
I was sitting in a pile of brush behind my friends house in Minnesota in mid December.

Shot a deer walking by at 11 yards. Without a crossbow I doubt it would have happened!
 

Peplin Creek

5 year old buck +
Yeah, where I hunt now all of my neighbors use crossbows I was the only one out of 8 hunters in the area that still used a vertical bow. It didn’t change my hunting. Our deer numbers are still going up and I saw very little impact from others in the woods using them. A lot more goes into being successful than just the weapon.
 

omicron1792

5 year old buck +
So I’ve thought about a crossbow too. I have a vertical bow but rarely use. I’m 6’5 230 pounds and I hate standing up in a tree stand. Honestly just sitting up there not fun for me. So maybe.
 

Buckhunter10

5 year old buck +
Man, look at the bucks on your wall!! You ain't got nothing to prove - some dandies!! Changing to a crossbow where legal, is great!! Especially if it allows you to enjoy your property and time in nature, all that much more!!

Wishing you much success and deflated lungs with your new rig!

Albert
 
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Peplin Creek

5 year old buck +
Thanks everyone for the kind words. One other nice thing about going to a crossbow, It’s something new that I’ll get to learn about and keep that deer hunting fire burning inside me. Been doing a ton of research on arrow/broadhead combinations. With the Xbow being so fast wondering about if mechanical blades would withstand hard impacts, blades deploying early, etc. Just a lot “new” stuff to get into and that’s a lot of fun.
 
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