About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Massachusetts Hunter’s Ed Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain hunter education certification from Hunter Ed. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about hunter safety.

A crossbow has a stock that is similar to a firearm, and it shoots shorter arrows than conventional archery equipment. These shorter arrows are sometimes referred to by the medieval term “bolts.”

Crossbow with optical sight

Safe use of a crossbow requires following the safety rules for both firearms and bows.

  • Many states have laws which limit the use of crossbows.
  • Never travel with a loaded, cocked crossbow.
  • Like conventional bows, the crossbow is limited to short-range shooting.