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Crossbow vs Gun – What Makes The Best Survival Weapon?

We all know about the AMC’s post-apocalypse TV series - The Walking Dead - which hits its 8th season on October this year (2017).

One thing we’ve all learned from this popular show is the power of a crossbow in a doomsday scenario…I’m talking about Daryl Dixon's crossbow which has saved him and his fellow survivalists right from the beginning of the show.

And get this from me:

The show has influenced the preppers’ choice of a survival weapon, with a handful opting for the crossbow…yet a handful still swears to guns and cases of ammunition.

The question is:

How does a crossbow compare to a gun in a SHTF situation?

Sorry for asking that question,

I know it’s mind-wrecking and might give you headaches as you try to weigh between the two weapons.

But I promise you that by the time you’re done reading the following post, you’ll have a clear mind on what weapon you’d pick if the walking dead becomes real in future (just kidding).

Let’s get into more details…

PS: We’ll discuss the two weapons side by side, under the following subheads:

#1. The Silence Factor

Crossbow vs Gun

After picturing at the various SHTF situations, there’s no doubt that observing some silence is necessary when facing them. And that means that you should look for a weapon that produces way too less or no noise at all.

For instance…when hunting for food, defending your family/home against an intruder, etc., you won’t want others to discover your whereabouts.

It, therefore, makes some sense that you’d want to use your crossbow for its silent signature for most of your SHTF scenario.

On the contrary, rifles produce that loud bang that’s sure to bring uninvited visitors your way. Like… after you’ve gunned down the game, the other folks will know it easily and will want a share of your kill - either peacefully or forcefully.

#2. Ammo Availability

Crossbow vs Gun

Another factor that sets a huge rift between the crossbow and survival guns is the ammo availability.

Don’t get me wrong…

…Am not saying that there’s a shortage of ammunition. In fact, dozens of gun ammo are being manufactured every hour to meet the ever rising demand!

But the harsh truth is, when you start shooting with your gun, the ammo will get depleted and you might be left defenseless.

What of the crossbow? The ammo here is re-usable, an advantage that keeps the crossbow many, many miles ahead of your gun. As we’ve witnessed Darryl do it multiple times on the Walking Dead show, walking up to your target and pulling the crossbow bolt makes ready for reuse.

Remember that you can do this again and again, without affecting the penetrating power of your bolts.

#3. Ease of Use (or User Friendliness)

When put on comparison table with the tradition bows, crossbows have shown to be easy to use, even for the absolute beginners.

Yes, you can easily fire super-accurate shots with your crossbow, with only some hours of practice.

This stems from the fact that a crossbow doesn’t require you to mind about the hand placement, drawing the string, hold, hold, hold… (too much for the tradition bow). Rather, it holds back the bolt for you…which minimizes fatigue…so you can release with a simple trigger squeeze plus consistent draw strength.

Guns…do you even need much training on how to use them? If 11-year-old kid can use them, how about you? It goes without saying that guns are incredibly easy to use.

Bottom line: both the gun and crossbow are easy to use in all survival situations.

#4. Maximum Range

If you’re a keen observant, you’d have noticed that Darryl shoots the zombies at incredibly close ranges. I believe it’s about 30 yards or less. That’s a pretty honest yard.

But some video will show you bow hunters taking down deer sized games at a range of about 80 yards. This is a pure exaggeration!

As per legit crossbow hunters will tell you, the maximum range of a crossbow falls between 25 and 50 yards.

What about the guns?

The maximum range depends on the type of fireman you use. Not forgetting the type of metal used to make the bullets as well as the weight of the ammo powder grain.

Despite all these factors, there’s no debating that a gun will help you hit a target at a greater distance than the crossbow.

You can even trust a simple .22 LR round to accomplish that.

#5. Size can be a concern too (more so when it comes to portability)

A typical crossbow is big and bulky. So, if you’re bugging out in secondary survival retreat, it might not be the ideal travel companion for you - more so if you’re on foot.

BUT…if you've got a car, there’s no excuse as to why you should leave the crossbow behind.

Given its size too, you can’t easily conceal the crossbow. Picture yourself walking with in a wasteland that was once your home (as it happens in the Walking Dead)…and other defenseless folks see you with a weapon. What would stop them from attempting to take it from you?

NOTE: the situation isn’t all bad though. There are extremely portable crossbow models - with a smaller size and less weight than the standard models. Commonly referred to as the pistol crossbows, these models have a shorter range an require you to be near your target for effective shooting.

In the case of guns, we've got the CCW (or concealed carry weapons) that’s highly portable and you can easily tuck it under your gun belt and walk among many folks, without anyone notice that you're armed.

#6. Magazine Load Time

Something that makes the use of the crossbow as a survival weapon a bad idea is its magazine load time.

As you know, it takes time to load a bolt at a time. And that means that you’ve to ensure that every shot you fire counts. Add this to the maximum range of a crossbow (we discussed this earlier) and you’re doomed!

As for the rifles:

Should we even compare the magazine load of a rifle with that of a crossbow?

Final Word: Crossbow vs Gun - Which is the best survival weapon?

Both the gun and crossbow are great choices for use in survival situations. Both weapons have their fair share of advantages and disadvantages. And your choice of the ideal weapon should be dependent on the type of SHTF situation facing you.

If you still swear by your guns after reading this post, I’d advise you to never leave your crossbow behind - make it your backup weapon!

Archery For Women – Key Things You Need To Know

Women archers - a community whose numbers has grown in the recent years.

I believe that the ever-rising women’s interest in archery and bowhunting could have been fuelled by the emergence of heroine archers like Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games TV Show, or the legendary horsewomen archers (the Amazons), or simply due to the increased popularity of the bow and arrow.

However, I’ve learned that there’s still a good number of females who want to join this sport or want to better their archery skills but don’t know where to start.

I, therefore, came up with this info-rich article to give you answers to everything you need to know about archery for women.

Archery is a sport for Everyone

Before we get into the details, it’s important to understand that archery is a fun game that has no limits on who can practice it.

Anyone can undertake it - from women to men, kids to adults - everyone!

So, if you think that archery and bowhunting aren't really for you, think again.

With that in mind, allow me to share a few things all women interested in the bow and arrow sport need to know:

1. There are archery gear specially tailored for women archers

bowhunting women

When we talk of archery equipment, the main thing that should appear in your mind is the bow.

Seeing the high increase in the number of females interested in bowhunting, the archery gear manufacturers have changed the way they make their products. They’ve gone the extra step to make your newly found sport fun and thrilling by tailoring bows that meet your unique physiology and needs.

That being said, here are some top ways in which women archers bows differ from those of men:

  • They come with a shorter draw length to compensate for the height of women (who are typically shorter than men).
  • The draw weight on a woman’s bow tends to be lower than that of other bows. If you’re a beginner in this game, I’d advise you to start with low draw weight and increase as you advance your skill. You can start with a minimal weight of 40lbs for deer hunting.
  • And, of course, they come with sleek designs, to meet your needs for holding an eye-grabbing model that stands from the rest.

Next time, don’t struggle using your hubby’s/dad’s bow or go for a cheap kid’s bow. Look for a bow specially made for you, and you’ll love the sport even more.

2. You need to take some archery lessons before you start shooting

archery lessons

I know many beginners wouldn’t want to hear this. I didn’t want to hear it either.

Sadly, there’s no shortcut to archery…you’ve got to undergo some training on how to use your bow and arrow correctly (as well as other archery related gear) before you actually start chasing that deer.

BUT…don't worry. This isn’t hard as you might be thinking. You’ll just need to listen to and follow your instructor carefully, and you’ll be ready to go.

Some of the main things offered in the basic archery training courses include:

  • Stance and posture (how to position your body when firing arrows)
  • Nocking (finger and hand placement)
  • How to correctly extend your bow arm
  • Drawing the bow
  • Anchoring
  • Aiming
  • Releasing
  • And, following through your shots

Apparently, you might not know how to do these things if you’re a beginner. Thus, it makes sense that you’ll need to attend that class or look for a mentor to take you through the process.

Again, it’s a fast, easy-to-learn process if you remain focused and determined!

3. Training isn’t enough; practice and practice will make you a better archer!

women practice with 3D targets

Even when you attend the best training or get mentored by a pro archer, you’ll never reach your full archery and bowhunting potential if you don’t keep practicing.

That’s another painful truth I learned the hard way.

Practice helps improve your accuracy and confidence when actually shooting at your target in real life. DON’T make the mistake of firing a few shots right before you set out to see if “you still have it.” This will hurt you terribly. Instead, learn to practice regularly.

And don’t just practice; do it in different settings, including lifelike hunting situations to fully prepare yourself for what you’ll face when that moment comes.

I remember my mentor always insisted that I practice with 3D targets set at different intervals in the woods. Honestly, this helped me improve my guestimation and fire shots that count.

And oh! It also helped me notice the mistakes and challenges I’m likely to encounter while in the woods and how to easily avoid them.

4. Avoid Making The Common Mistakes

I’ve seen a good number of females join this sport with lots of enthusiasm, make some common mistakes on the way and eventually quit (convincing themselves that this is not their stuff).

I don’t want you to follow the same path as other archers. Learn to avoid the following when using your bow and arrow:

  • NEVER use too much draw weight - doing this will only compromise your comfort when drawing your bow and you’ll end up firing awkward shots
  • NEVER misjudge distance - the most common mistakes that will make you wound or lose that target deer.
  • Always ensure that your archery gear is in good condition before you start using them
  • Poor placement of shots on your target; be sure to target the vital organs (heart, lungs, etc.). And if you can’t do that, take time to practice with 3D targets. It helps a lot.
  • Not practicing (we just discussed this one)

5. Remember to keep SAFE!

Yes, we live in a world of uncertainty, and anything can happen to you as you go about your archery practices.

My simple advice to you is: always be aware of your shooting equipment (ensure they’re in good conditions to avoid any misfortunes) and your shooting environment, especially when in the woods.

Bowhunting in groups is also highly advisable for your own safety.Just do everything you feel it’s necessary to keep safe when bowhunting!

Final Thoughts

These are five key things all women in archery, including those who want to join the sport, need to know.

To get the most out of your archery and bowhunting endeavors, start by picking the right equipment, get trained on how to use your bow and arrows, practice regularly, and avoid the common mistakes.

Eventually, your efforts will pay off handsomely.

Again, remember to keep safe.

FOUR Bowhunting Tips for More Whitetail Success

The last hunting season came, you ventured into the woods…and even with your high expectations, you didn’t reach the number of whitetails you’ve planned to put in your freezer.

Truly sad.

As the next season approaches, I’m sure you’ve set a new goal- the number of whitetails you want to take home.

BUT…you might get disappointed again because you’ll probably repeat the same tactics you used last time.

What if you put in new, proven tactics? Truly, this will raise your game (and flood your freezer with whitetails).

That being said, I’ll share with you 4 Powerful tips below that will help you bag more deer in the next season.

FOUR Bowhunting Tips for More Whitetail Success:

#1. Practice! Practice! Practice!

You’ve probably heard this a million times- that you must practice well in advance with your bow.

But how do you do it?

Some bowhunters would just head to the backyard shoot at a target for a few minutes or hours and believe they’re good to go.

But I doubt if that alone will add value to your real-life deer hunting situation.So, how should you practice?

It’s simple:

FOUR Bowhunting Tips for More Whitetail Success

Get yourself into a lifelike hunting situation (for instance, setting your 3D targets in the woods and take shots at them). This not only helps you prepare adequately during the offseason but also improves your yardage guesstimating and delivering shots that count.

I’ve also learned that when using 3D targets, they’ll teach you how incline or decline shots can easily send your arrows off the market if you’re not shooting correctly.

Another tip you can use to make your practice realistic involves practicing in the adverse weather (windy) conditions as these are the same conditions you’ll be dealing with during the actual hunt.

Be sure to make your shots at different distances. This is a surefire way to help you discover your maximum accurate range- and it will reward you greatly when the next season kicks in.

#2. The Earlier You Scout, The Better

If you had your share of disappointments during the last whitetail hunting season, the problem could be how you conducted your scouting.

A good number of bowhunters will wait until a week before the start of the season to do the scouting.

This dangerous ruins your chances of hunting the deer (even when you spot them).

Why?

Because when you and other hunters do the last minute scouting, you’ll pout the game on a high alert.

This is what I do:

FOUR Bowhunting Tips for More Whitetail Success

I kickstart my scouting in August by the glassing fields, as I set up some trail cams around my favorite hunting spot. And after I’ve located the whitetails, I go ahead and put up my stand, clear lanes, and eventually shift the trail cams to the treestand sight.

And a few weeks to the season, I retrieve the cards from my cameras. The pictures give me clues on where to hunt the deer.

Trust me: if you utilize my formula above, the next season will be the luckiest season of your hunting life!

Bonus TIP:

The technology has also made it possible to get a hawk eye view of your hunting spot(s). Talking of Google Earth, it gives you a detailed imagery of your hunting locations, making it incredibly easy to pick the strategic spots for placing your stand.

Heck, you can even zoom in that imagery and get to see the deer trails right from your computer chair!

Isn’t that a smart way to do your scouting?

#3. Get A Climber

FOUR Bowhunting Tips for More Whitetail Success

It’s not a mistake that a high percentage of bowhunters own several climbing treestands.

Over 10 million whitetail hunters have attribute successful ambushing of the deer- as they feed, travel or interact, etc. - to their treestands.

Even when you want to look for new hunting grounds, the climber becomes you best friend. You’d want to move around the nearby lands or property, and nothing allows you to do it easily, while staying safe and elevated, like a treestand.

Bottom line: Make it a habit of carrying a high-quality tree-stand if you want to become a successful bowhunter of the whitetails.

#4. Know When To Hunt During The Rut Period

FOUR Bowhunting Tips for More Whitetail Success

As a general carefully studies his enemy before launching an attack, so should you study the whitetails before hunting them.

The point is:

Don’t wait in your stand clueless. Take time to know when the deer avail themselves. According to experts, the game (the big bucks) are usually active at night. They usually wake up around midday to feed, browse, and so on.

And because they’re intelligent creatures too, they’ve learned that hunters come to look for them in the morning and afternoon hours.

With this information in mind, you’ll agree with me that the best time to hunt them is during the midday hours.

Personally, staying in my stand in the midday hours (between 10 and noon) have always given me great results.

Likewise, I’ve met expert bowhunters who will only hunt between 9.30 and 2.00 during the rut period.

Final Thoughts

As with any other task, hunting whitetails with a bow requires you to put in sufficient effort. This is a secret well known to the accomplished bowhunters who are always lucky to fill their freezers with deer every new season.

You can also increase your luck in the next hunting season by incorporating the four tips I’ve just shared above with you. I’ve personally employed all of them in the fields and will continue doing it because they’re sure to give you real results.

Top Tips on How to Scout for Deer – Check Them Out Now!

Whether you’re a new bow hunter or you’re already a pro, you need to prepare before you set out to the field come hunting season. One essential preparation you need to do is scout for deer and check out the woods you’re planning to hunt in.

Do you know how to scout for deer? If you’re looking for tried and tested tips for a successful deer scout, then read on.

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Best 7 Early Season Deer Hunting Tips You Need to Know

While many bow hunters prefer to hunt during the rut, starting to hunt early in the season has its advantages, too. Not only will you get the first pick of bucks, you’re less likely to have competition as well.

If you wish to start early with your whitetail hunting, these seven early season deer hunting tips could help you make the most of your hunting trip.

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HOW TO HUNT DEER WITH A BOW: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

It’s bow hunting season once again! Whether you’re heading off to a hunting site to catch that perfect buck or you’re just interested in the sport, now’s the perfect time to read up on this exciting activity!

Even seasoned bow hunters need to review their knowledge of bow hunting every once in a while. What tools and equipment should you use? What is the best strategy to attract some bucks? How do you properly butcher a deer?

This handy guide gives you a comprehensive view of how to hunt deer with a bow. Read up, learn more, and immerse yourself in the fun and challenging world of bow hunting!

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Bow Hunting Safety Tips: Top 5 Easy Things You Need to Remember

Bow hunting could be an exciting and challenging hobby, but it also poses risks if you are not careful. Accidents could easily happen to a bow hunter who does not pay attention to his weapon and surroundings.

Over the years I’ve compiled a list of bow hunting safety tips that have helped me and other bow hunting colleagues stay safe during shooting practice and actual shooting in the field. I’m sharing them today with the hope that they might help you stay safe and make the most of your bow hunting experience.

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Top 5 Best Archery Target Reviews

Practice makes perfect, and this has never been truer than in bowhunting. If you want to hit those whitetails in their vitals accurately, you need to spend time shooting arrows before hunting season so that you can hone your shooting skills.

A good archery target should not only help you improve your aim, but should also last a long time so that you could get your money’s worth. Looking for the best archery targets for your next practice session? Today I’ve made a list of my favorite ones to help you out.

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4 Proven Methods On How To Attract Deer

Having chased the deer for years now, I can comfortably attest to the fact that it’s quite an elusive animal.

There are days I could sit on my stand the whole day without seeing a single whitetail, leave alone striking one down with my bow.

Truly, this was a frustrating experience until...

…until I discovered that I could easily attract the deer to my hunting spot and hold them “hostage” for easy shooting.

I know you might have found yourself in this scenario too. So, I’ve put up this post to share with you the best methods of attracting the deer to your hunting zone/property.

PS: There are many methods shared in other blogs but here, I’ll ONLY share with you the FOUR methods I’ve personally used and brought in real results.

These 4 effective methods of attracting deer are:

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Deer Hunting Tips – How and When To Use The Deer Grunt Call

Hey Bowhunters,

Today, I want us to do things in a different way…

Let’s take a quick look into your deer hunting gear. I can see quality bows, quality arrowheads, quality tree stand, quality rangefinder, nicely built quiver - quality everything!

BUT wait! Where are your deer calls?

If you’ve not been using these highly important pieces of equipment in your deer hunting life, you’ve been missing quite a lot.

Though there are numerous deer calls out there, today we’ll focus one of the most important calls and how it can help you bag a deer easily and quickly - the deer grunt call…

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