Study: Crossbow Users Aren’t Gun-Hunters

A common belief among traditional bow-hunters is that the majority of crossbow hunters are gun-hunters with no previous bow-hunting experience. That is not true, according to a 2009 survey of new crossbow hunters.

Of the 1,637 hunters surveyed, more than 72 percent said they had previously hunted with compound bows, and almost 18 percent said they had hunted with recurves.

The survey also indicated that 75 percent also hunted with rifles, while 74 percent said they hunted with shotguns. More than 64 percent hunted with muzzleloaders, and 29 percent hunted with handguns.

Only 1 percent of those surveyed said they had no prior hunting experience. Based off of those results, the survey, conducted by TenPoint Technologies, indicates that a majority of crossbow hunters are multi-season deer hunters.

The soon-to-be-released August issue of Deer & Deer Hunting will include an exclusive article on crossbow tactics for rut-hunters.

Written by seasoned whitetail hunter John Trout Jr., the article also explores the arguments for and against crossbow usage during regular archery seasons. The August issue hits newsstands June 15th, but it begins mailing to subscribers on June 1st.

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