A crossbow is an excellent choice when it comes to accuracy and power, if you have a good one; however there
are some drawbacks.
- Most states do not allow hunting with a crossbow unless you are handicapped, thus there is no opportunity to
learn the skills of tracking your kill (game will usually still run for a while before they hide and die); true for
bow or crossbow. Also there is no chance to learn to gut, clean, and skin the game - again learning these skills
before they become life or death can eventually determine whether you live or die.
- A bow is usually much faster than a crossbow when you must make a second or third shot.
- I personally go even further and prefer the longbow, which can be as powerful as a crossbow, has much less
weight to carry, and can be more readily built from scratch.
One advantage of the crossbow, however, is that a bolt, the arrow when used with a crossbow, is thicker and
heavier and can thus be made more easily.
Offered by Ron.