Posted 11 May 2011 - 12:27 PM
I tell ya... it's a good thing that these crossbows are so easy. I've air-mailed shots over the backs of two gobblers thus far and just grazed the belly of a third this morning. The sad part is that the first one was no more than 15 yards away. For the life of me, I don't know what's up with any of the misses. I've already triple checked the crossbow. It's dead on at the range. I've had a steady rest... wasn't even particularly nervous by the THIRD time today either. Oh, this morning I even had time to range the silly walnut-brain. There's just no excuse. I've never missed more with any other weapon I've ever handled and I've only owned this contraption for 10 months.
This morning's hunt was particularly interesting/trying in that I also had a bearded hen hang around the decoys almost all morning. At one point, I was going to shoot as the regulations here simply state "bearded bird" and not specifically a male bird. But, the more I thought about how she was hanging around the more I convinced myself that she must have a nest in the area. I was torn... on one hand, I'd likely have a bearded hen mounted. It's something I'd really like to do. But, the thought of leaving a whole nest of eggs to the fox/'yotes/'coons just didn't sit well. At the point I shot at the gobbler, this bearded hen was right outside my blind window though. She definitely was just begging to be shot. I'm glad I didn't though.
I'm thinking the crossbow needs to stay at home 'til fall. I just don't know... time for the "ease" of a scatter gun, maybe. Hope everyone else is doing better than me. (Not that I haven't had my chances!)
PA IHEA & NBEF/IBEP Instructor
Posted 11 May 2011 - 04:19 PM
Posted 11 May 2011 - 05:39 PM
Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the titanic by professionals.
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