Crossbow hunting has become hugely popular in recent years because hunters are starting to look for more of a challenge. It takes a lot more skill to get within 50 yards of an animal for a crossbow shot than it does to get within 300 yards for a shot with a rifle. This forces hunters to get better at other skills like tracking and calling what they are hunting.
With an increase in crossbow hunting, an increase in interest by our youth has followed. Recent TV shows have also featured characters with crossbows, adding to the popularity. Teaching your child how to hunt with a crossbow can be a good opportunity to teach hunting and patience, if you do it safely.
When you are searching for the best crossbow for your youth, safety should be your biggest concern. You do not want to go out and purchase the cheapest crossbow you can find to discover that it is an accident waiting to happen. There are a few things that you should ensure that your crossbow is equipped with before considering a purchase.
The first feature that absolutely must be included on a youth crossbow is an automatic safety. A safety is a mechanism that stops the trigger from being pulled by accident. You want to make sure that the crossbow you chose has an automatic safety that equips as soon as the crossbow is cocked. this will significantly decrease the chances that this crossbow will misfire.
Another that that you will need to consider is that durability of the trigger mechanism. A company that has a sturdy trigger system will usually advertise it on the packaging. When trying to create a cheap crossbow for kids, changing the trigger system to cheap plastic is typically a first step. You want a metal trigger mechanism because that is what keeps the bow from firing when under pressure.
The third most important thing to look for in a youth crossbow is weight. You don’t want to get your up and coming hunter a 50 lbs crossbow that they are going to have to drag through the woods. Not to mention, they will need to hold it up in order to fire it. This can quickly turn into a dangerous situation or could discourage them
If you look for these simple features when choosing a youth crossbow, then you are assured a fun and safe experience in the long run. Purchasing a cheap crossbow can turn the situation into an unsafe situation and ruing the experience for everyone involved.