- Nov 17, 2007
That’s been my experience to a tee but I bought back when horton was the only game in town and ive been eyeballin one of them $2-3k xbows. Right before i pulled the trigger i came to my senses and bought a new bow.If you insist...
I bought into the hype and got myself a crossbow a couple of years back. It actually forced me to spend more time in my blind than hunting. Heavier and more awkward than a bow for walking the woods. Considerably slower for follow-up shots, noisier than my bow by a significant amount and really doesn't extend the ethical range by enough to offset the negatives. My crossbow (nothing fancy) leans in the corner collecting dust in favor of my compound bow.
So... if he's a corn pile killer from a blind, it could be good. But if he's going to be a mobile hunter, I would suggest a bow.
Aside of that, he's 13 and if he's anything like my 3 nephews he'll be chasing girls and sports more than deer.
Lots of schools have archery programs these days, or clubs with 3D shoots and crossbows aren't welcome.
I have 3 nephews that I took deer and turkey hunting regularly and once they hit their freshman year, it got harder and harder to keep them interested.