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    Does anyone hunt with a crossbow? This is the first year that we have been allowed use them and I bought one. While I was sitting out at the deer stand tonight I was thinking on the deer stand. The crossbow states does fire without an arrow but when the hunt is over and you havent shot a deer how are you suppose to decock the bow without dry firing it???? Probably a stupid question but didn't see any deer.

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    Tension should be removed. But never by dry firing.
    Most have a lever for cocking and de tensioniing.

    How many pounds??

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    it is 150lbs a horton summit but havent seen a detensioner or a lever for cocking

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    I am out of my league with the new compounds.

    With wheels I would imagine just do the reverse of
    cocking.

    If the manufacturer says you can dry fire, then go
    for it. It just makes me queezy. I used to have a
    small archery shop in the late 70's and dry firing
    any equipment was a no no. Hard on the limbs if
    they are unloaded.

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    To cock it you pull the string back. To uncock it you have to pull the trigger but it hold the string and pull the trigger to slowly let the tension o would be way to dangerous. Hmm dont know oh well I will keep thinking about this.

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    Smile uncocking a crossbow?

    I have a bolt to use for that purpose, it is missing a fletching, i fire the bolt into the ground --now the crossbow is unloaded.
    "Younz" have a great day, I will.

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    PN........... excellent solution...... That would load
    the limbs and reduce stress.

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    I could send you some cats you can tie them to a tree and if no deer show up you can target practice!! Oh yeah we have cats to give away. I have a bunny too. That way you could at least eat that night!!!!
    My father in law hunts w/ one I'll call him in the mornin' and ask him(he lives down the road from Iddee so he's crashed for the day).
    I did go out scouting again today. Got the 4 wheeler stuck real good.i found some Missouuri quicksand and bogeged her down real good!
    Saw all sorts of scrapes and rubs and 5-6 bucks, 28 or 29 does/fawns. Hardly any sign 8 days ago. Looks to be perfect start I hope. Snow predicted friday for the Sat morning opener.
    Good luck on the crossbow issue. I'll try and get you an answer tomorrow

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    Last season was my first year hunting with a x-bow. I live 10 minutes from the Parker Bow Headquarters and manufacturing plant. The first season I killed a doe @33 yards, a 6 pointer @ 47 yards and a turkey @ 20 yards. They are very deadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruben View Post
    Last season was my first year hunting with a x-bow. I live 10 minutes from the Parker Bow Headquarters and manufacturing plant. The first season I killed a doe @33 yards, a 6 pointer @ 47 yards and a turkey @ 20 yards. They are very deadly.
    Congrats!!! What kind of drop do you get at near 50 yards???
    I see their fps rates are no better than most high end bows.

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    I have the red dot scope that has 20, 30, 40 yard dots. This buck came in on me quick right at dark and I did not have time to range it before the shot but I new it was more than 40 so I aimed about 2" below the top of his back with the 40 yard dot and squeezed the trigger and I heard paaawww/bwauuuuuhhhh and he ran 25 yards and stopped, then staggered 5 yards to the right and hit the ground. The shot was dead center double lung. I ranged it after the shot and got the true yardage. From 20 to 30 there is about 2-3 " difference but further out it drops much quicker.

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