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The crossbow’s user-friendly design, lack of recoil, and minimal noise make it a good way to introduce people to bowhunting. This includes younger hunters who use a youth model.

With the help of a capable person or with the aid of cocking devices, a shooting stick, and the proper instruction, many first-time users start shooting tight arrow groups relatively quickly. The confidence the shooters gain makes the crossbow a very effective hunting recruitment tool.

  • This is especially true for youth, women, physically challenged individuals, those who are sensitive to recoil or noise or have other medical conditions that prevent shooting a rifle, and/or those who lack the physical strength needed for other archery equipment.
  • A crossbow also can be an effective tool for older, less physically capable hunters because it allows them to extend their hunting years.
Girl shooting a crossbow
In urban areas where crossbow hunting is permitted, crossbow hunters provide game managers with another way to control wildlife populations.