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Stalking a Deer with a Crossbow (and turkeys & hogs too!)

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Stalking deer with a crossbow is a challenging goal.

But completely possible with some careful thought and planning.

Stalking a deer with a crossbow

As you probably know, sneaking up on a deer can be extremely tricky.

As you walk thru the brush and walk by trees, just breaking a twig can be heard from many feet away. It can very challenging and take a lot of skill to successfully stalk a deer.

There are a few things to consider before you embark on stalking a deer with a crossbow, turkey or hogs as well.

The importance of animal body language

One of the areas in which many hunters can improve is their ability to read body language.

Many hunters, like yourself,  realize the advantages of reading those body language signs. They see the low, outstretched neck of a buck trying to curl in the odors of the doe and know a chase is on the verge of unfolding.

When two big boys are posturing, they realize a real show is about to start, and the winner will be a sucker for some form of aggressive calling or rattling. When its posturing, its ears will be back and its neck will be stretched out.

This is a good time to take the shot, of course, before the fight starts.Or you can wait it out.


You will get hot

Wear one less layer of clothing than you normally do to stay comfortable. Once you are on a stalking mission you will not be able to adjust clothing or remove any layers.

Use a range finder

Using a rangefinder to stalk a deer will help you eyeball the range.

Of course, don’t become too reliant on a rangefinder so you may find practicing to help you improve at knowing the range.

Ranging your landmarks is often the first thing to do.

When your prey is approaching is the time to use your rangefinder.

And in respect to that, you have to be accurate with your estimations and measurements in equal measure. Fortunately, that does not call for archery classes because below are a few things you should do when your prey starts coming towards you.

  • Because you’ve obviously spotted your target the next thing to do is predict or track its path of movement
  • Set and hold your weapon in place and then take out your rangefinder
  • Anticipate the shooting area and return the rangefinder to your pocket
  • If the target moves on the same track you predicted, then it’s time to take your shot and go home with your kill

Plan your approach for stalking a deer with a crossbow

You will have to move as slowly, quietly, and inconspicuously as possible.

Be sure to take small yet balanced steps rolling toe to heel.

Keep an eye out for what is on the ground and be cautious of crunchy leaves and sticks.


Learn to track an animal

Looking for animal tracks can be insightful.

Animal tracks reveal 2 things: they identify an animal and it also helps show the direction it is traveling.

Of course,  the clearer the tracks, then you’ll be able to obtain more information. Easiest to see at the edges of waterways or in snow.

In addition to footprints, look for these telltale signs:

  •  Bent grass, broken twigs, and damaged vegetation suggest a big animal — or a group of animals—crashing through vegetation. Bent vegetation shows the direction of travel.
  •  Smashed grass can indicate an animal’s resting place.


Conclusion for stalking a deer with a crossbow

The range at which you stop stalking and start shooting is determined by your confidence and your desire for a rush of adrenaline.

In order to get close to your target produces a buzz akin to that of skydiving or your first kiss. Stalking a deer with a crossbow can be the biggest thrill of the hunt, so why not go for it.

About the Author Pink Crossbow

Jen loves the outdoors and enjoys exploring a wide-range of activities. A mother of 3 whose seen far too many friends suffer from cancer, she believes Pink Crossbow reflects a sport for LIFE. It's a reminder that archery belongs to everyone regardless of age, size, or gender...and real enthusiasts aren't afraid to wear pink!

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