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In addition to following the other safety guidelines for hunting from an elevated stand, crossbow hunters have guidelines specific to their equipment.

  • Secure all arrows in a quiver attached to your crossbow. The quiver should have a hood that covers the broadheads of the arrows.
  • Cock the unloaded crossbow at the base of the tree or stand and then tie it to your haul line so that the haul line is away from the trigger.
  • Once you are securely in the stand, pull up the crossbow and load it.
  • After you make a shot:
    • You may cock the crossbow in the stand only if you have a cocking device that does not require you to lean over to cock the bow.
    • If you do not have a cocking device, you must lower the crossbow with your haul line, cock it on the ground, and haul it back to the stand.
    • Never lean over to cock a crossbow in an elevated stand.