It can be quite a challenge hunting small game with a crossbow, but once you have perfected you skill with a bow, the end result is a great reward. Small game hunting with a bow and arrow is a great way to improve on your archery skills as well as perfect your aim for hunting big game. When hunting small game, you must learn patience and shot accuracy. The following tips will help you tighten up your skills for hunting small game with a crossbow.
Practice, Practice, Practice
One of the most difficult things when small game hunting with a bow is the ability to hit a smaller, quick moving target. The easiest way to acquired the skill to make a precise shot is to practice on a smaller target than your intended goal. For example, if your goal is to hunt rabbit, practice by hunting squirrel. This will make it easier for you to adjust to bow and arrow placement.
Use the Correct Points
Although you can use the same equipment for small game as you would for hunting deer, it is more challenging to use traditional archery gear, such as a longbow or recurve, which will help improve your eye-hand coordination. Broadheads that are specifically made for small game are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, ranging from a flat-faced steel blunt tip to some with replaceable points. Judo tips have a unique design, which allows you to shoot into trees, stumps or open fields, without losing your arrow, so they are perfect for squirrel or rabbit hunting in the woods. Keep in mind when choosing a point that a small game point should only penetrate the animal, not pass completely through.
- Solid steel blunts, including models with rear cutting flanges, stand up better in a rocky terrain and they resist sticking in trees. They are very efficient for the larger small game as well as birds.
- Rubber blunts are especially useful when you are hunting squirrels in a rocky area and they will not stick in the tree, so if you shoot high up, there isn’t a chance of losing your arrow.
Check the Regulations
Whether you are hunting squirrels, rabbit or woodchucks, it is essential that you verify the regulations and the season. Most states allow for small game hunting about ten months out of the year, which gives you plenty of time to perfect your skills. Each state is different when it comes to small game, so make sure to research your states specific requirements concerning weapons and allowable quota.
Hunting for small game is a great way to get children involved in hunting. It is often faster paced than hunting big game, such as deer and there is typically a higher success rate. If you have never used a crossbow, it is highly recommended that you practice on a stationary target before attempting to go on a small game hunt.