Safety Instruction Introduction Video
As shooters and hunters it is our responsibility to operate our equipment in a safe manner but also in a safe environment. Knowing the proper assembly and maintenance as well as shooting techniques will help ensure years of enjoyable use.
“Practice makes perfect” is a cliché for a reason. You should constantly be working to improve your skills with your bow. And when you do, make sure to keep all these tips in mind.
- Use soft archery targets when practicing, as hard targets may cause arrows to split or ricochet.
- If practicing with broadheads, use a proper “broadhead approved” target. Shooting broadheads into bag style targets will cause them to get tangled.
- Make sure you have an appropriate backstop in addition to your target as backup in case you’re off-target.
Safety and ethics are the cornerstones of hunting. Make decisions in the field that not only keep you safe but also reflect well on the hunting community as a whole.
- Never attempt to transport, carry and/or stalk with a loaded crossbow.
- Only shoot if you have a clear shot that is unobstructed by branches, tree limbs, etc.
- Cock your crossbow on the ground before entering a tree stand and haul it up using a pull-up or hoist rope of sufficient strength.
- Load a bolt into the cocked bow once you have safely secured yourself with a full-body fall arrest harness.
The crossbow community is only as strong as the next person who picks up a bow. It’s crucial to introduce people to crossbow shooting, but it’s just as important to make sure they have a safe experience so they’ll want to come back for more.
- Go over the basic crossbow safety rules before you do anything else with a first-time crossbow shooter.
- Everything is new to beginners – including safety. Be prepared to repeat yourself and correct them when they make mistakes.
- Only go at the pace that students are comfortable learning; don’t rush them into anything before they’re ready.
- Make sure bystanders stand a significant distance behind whoever is operating the crossbow.