10 Safety Tips for Crossbow Shooting Success
- Always read the manufacturer’s directions and use the recommended arrow (bolt) weight and length.
- Always visually inspect crossbow and accessories before shooting to ensure all are in good condition.
- Keep fingers and thumb low on the crossbow forearm, below the rail; the flight path of string and cable can cause serious personal injury.
- Never walk with a crossbow cocked and arrow loaded.
- Never cock a crossbow while in a treestand, except for crank-type models.
- Always raise and lower unloaded crossbows from a treestand using a haul line.
- Before shooting, check that bow limbs will hit nothing when they flex forward during the release. Crossbow limbs store enough energy to knock a hunter to the ground should the bow contact the tree or your stand.
- Carry in your quiver an arrow with either a field point, judo or blunt. Uncock the crossbow at day’s end by shooting that arrow into a target or soft ground.
- Never dry-fire a crossbow; releasing the trigger without an arrow in place can damage to the bow limbs or cause serious personal injury.
- Never store or transport a crossbow in the cocked position.