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Crossbows
Ten years ago I experienced a severe shoulder injury which has left me impaired for the rest of my life. I am physically unable to pull back a compound bow without risking injury and experiencing pain. As an avid whitetail deer hunter I was very glad to discover that most States allow whitetail deer hunters to obtain a disability permit, in an effort to allow whitetail deer hunters to utilize a crossbow during the archery season. In fact over the past few years some States have made it legal to hunt with crossbows during archery season even if you aren’t disabled. In the following narrative we will take a look at the history of the crossbow, how to obtain crossbow permits for Midwestern whitetail deer hunting, what States have legalized crossbows during the archery season, and then discuss what crossbow today’s whitetail enthusiast should purchase. Let’s take a look a brief history or evolution of the crossbow, the ballistics of the crossbow, and exactly what crossbow whitetail deer hunters need to purchase in order to take to the field in an effective manner, and how to obtain a disability tag in States so you can utilize a crossbow during the archery season.
History of the Crossbow
The earliest date for the crossbow is from the 5th century BC, from the Greek world, this was a giant crossbow known as a ballista, which Bernard Brodie and Fawn McKay Brodie say was a much larger version of the handheld crossbow that was not seen in Europe until the 10th century. The gastraphetes was a large artillery crossbow mounted on a heavy stock with a lower and upper section, the lower being the case fixed to the bow and the upper being the slider which had the same dimensions as the case. The gastraphetes, meaning "belly-bow", was called as such because the concave withdrawal rest at one end of the stock was placed against the stomach of the operator, which he could press to withdraw the slider before attaching a string to the trigger and loading the bolt; this could thus store more energy than regular Greek bows. It was used in the Siege of Motya in 397 BC. This was a key Carthaginian stronghold in Sicily, as described in the 1st century AD by Heron of Alexandria in his book Belopoeica. This date for the introduction of the crossbow in the Mediterranean is not accepted without doubt because of the temporal difference between writer and event and the lack of other sources stating the same. Alexander’s siege of Tyre in 332 BC provides reliable sources for the use of these weapons by the Greek besiegers.
The efficiency of the gastraphetes was improved by introducing the ballista. Its application in sieges and against rigid infantry formations featured more and more powerful projectiles, leading to technical improvements and larger ballistae. The smaller sniper version was often called Scorpio. An example for the importance of ballistae in Hellenistic warfare is the Helepolis, a siege tower employed by Demetrius during the Siege of Rhodes in 305 B.C.. At each level of the moveable tower were several ballistae. The large ballistae at the bottom level were designed to destroy the parapet and clear it of any hostile troop concentrations while the small armorbreaking scorpios at the top level sniped at the besieged. This suppressive shooting would allow them to mount the wall with ladders more safely.
A Medieval crossbowman drawing his bow behind his pavise
The use of crossbows in Medieval warfare dates back to Roman times and is again evident from the battle of Hastings (1066) until about 1500 AD. They almost completely superseded hand bows in many European armies in the twelfth century for a number of reasons. Although a longbow had greater range, could achieve comparable accuracy and faster shooting rate than an average crossbow, crossbows could release more kinetic energy and be used effectively after a week of training, while a comparable single-shot skill with a longbow could take years of practice. In the armies of Europe, mounted and unmounted crossbowmen, often mixed with javeliners and archers, occupied a central position in battle formations. Usually they engaged the enemy in offensive skirmishes before an assault of mounted knights. Crossbowmen were also valuable in counterattacks to protect their infantry. The rank of commanding officer of the crossbowmen corps was one of the highest positions in any army of this time. Along with polearm weapons made from farming equipment, the crossbow was also a weapon of choice for insurgent peasants such as the Taborites. Famous were the Genoese crossbowmen who hired as mercenaries for many countries in medieval Europe, while the crossbow also played an important role in anti-personnel defence of ships.
Crossbowmen among the Flemish citizens, in the army of Richard Lionheart, and others, could have up to two servants, two crossbows and a pavise shield to protect the men. Then one of the servants had the task of reloading the weapons, while the second subordinate would carry and hold the pavise (the archer himself also wore protective armor). Such a three-man team could shoot 8 shots per minute, compared to a single crossbowman's 3 shots per minute. The archer was the leader of the team, the one who owned the equipment, and the one who received payment for their services. The payment for a crossbow mercenary was higher than for a longbow mercenary, but the longbowman did not have to pay a team of assistants and his equipment was cheaper.
16th century French mounted crossbowman ("cranequinier")
Mounted knights armed with lances proved ineffective against formations of pikemen combined with crossbowmen whose weapons could penetrate most knights' armor. The invention of pushlever and ratchet drawing mechanisms enabled the use of crossbows on horseback, leading to the development of new cavalry tactics. Knights and mercenaries deployed in triangular formations, with the most heavily armored knights at the front. Some of these riders would carry small, powerful all-metal crossbows of their own. Crossbows were eventually replaced in warfare by gunpowder weapons, although early guns had slower rates of fire and much worse accuracy than contemporary crossbows. Later, similar competing tactics would feature harquebusers or musketeers in formation with pikemen, pitted against cavalry firing pistols or carbines.
Up until the seventeenth century most beekeepers in Europe kept their hives spread across the woods and had to defend them against bears. Therefore their guild was granted the right to bear arms and is commonly depicted carrying heavy crossbows.
Facts and Performance of Crossbows
One of the great advantages to a crossbow, say its opponents, is that you can draw it in advance of getting a shot at game. No longer do you have to wait until a deer's head is down or behind a bush before you draw to shoot. You simply wait for a clear shot, aim, and fire. Crossbows really only have one real advantage over compounds-the bow is held in a cocked position, so you don't have to move to fire it (much like a rifle). Their ranges aren't really any greater than other archery equipment normally, but they can be inherently more accurate: you can even put a scope on them. Crossbows are not any faster-shooting than compound bows, so a deer "jumping the string" is still a very likely scenario.
1. The modern hunting crossbow delivers approximately the same ballistic performance with a 500-grain arrow/broadhead combination as a 65-70 pound compound bow.


2. Like the vertical bow, the crossbow launches an arrow by a forward movement of limbs and string. The limbs (draw-weight) on a crossbow must be heavier because the power stroke is so much shorter than that of a modern compound bow.


3. Crossbows have proven to be a good recruitment tool for bringing youth and women into hunting. They are also an excellent way to enable older hunters to remain in the field bowhunting for many years.


4. The crossbow hunting opportunity has proven to greatly enhance management programs in urban/suburban areas (where firearms use is restricted or illegal) with high deer herd concentrations.


5. After being included in the entire archery season for twenty-seven years in the state of Ohio and thirty years in Arkansas, crossbow hunters have proven to be just as safe and ethical as vertical bowhunters.


6. Like any other shooting skill, using a crossbow safely and accurately will require a combination of old and well-learned knowledge, as well as new information specific to the weapon.


7. Most crossbow safety is obvious and relates to common sense issues taught during a fundamental hunter education training session.


8. Crossbows have been described as “being more like a rifle than a hand-held bow”. While crossbows are indeed, aimed like a rifle, they lack the noise, flash, odor, recoil, range, accuracy and kinetic energy of a hunting rifle.


9. Through license fees and the retail sales of crossbows, their accessories, related products (treestands, camo clothing, scents, arrows, broadheads, etc.) and hunting recreational travel expenditures incurred, this increased hunting opportunity offers positive financial impact for the state.

10. Furthermore, hunting with the crossbow has been proven by men, women and youngsters, of all ages, to be a wonderful and enjoyable pastime.
State Crossbows Regulations
Alabama
Crossbows legal for all persons during the entire deer hunting season.
www.outdooralabama.com
334-242-3469
Alaska
Crossbows are illegal in bow-only areas, but can be used where guns and bows are legal weapons. No provision for handicapped hunters.
www.adfg.state.ak.us
907-267-2347

Arizona
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters on a very restrictive permit basis, or for anyone during general firearms seasons.
www.azgfd.com
602-942-3000

Arkansas
Crossbows legal during archery seasons; must have minimum draw weight of 125 pounds and mechanical safety.
http://www.agfc.com/hunting/genregs/hunt-equipment.aspx
501-223-6300

California
Crossbows legal for all hunters during gun seasons. Also, the California Game Commission voted on April 22, 2004 to adopt the following language to their regulations: "Any person with a physical disability which prevents him/her from being able to draw and hold a bow in a firing position, may use a crossbow or device which holds a string and arrow in the firing position to assist in the taking of birds and mammals under the conditions of an archery tag, archery season, or general session. Under these conditions, archers must provide to the Department and retain in his/her immediate possession while taking or attempting to take big game written verification of the disability, including: the person's name and signature, address, date of birth, driver's license or DMV number, physician's name and signature, physician's license number and address and a description of the disability."
www.dfg.ca.gov
916-653-7203

Colorado
Crossbows legal for all hunters during gun seasons and for handicapped hunters during archery season.
www.dnr.state.co.us
303-297-1192

Connecticut
Crossbows legal only for handicapped hunters by permit.
www.dep.state.ct.us
860-424-3011

Delaware
Crossbows legal Monday through Saturday of November shotgun season and during any gun season in December or January.
www.dnrec.state.de.us
302-739-5297

Florida
Crossbows are now legal in the Central zone (October 20-24, 2008), South zone (October 6-10, 2008), and in the Northwest Zone, the crossbow season will be seven days long and will open the Monday following Thanksgiving (December 1-7, 2008). Click on the Florida link below for additional crossbow information. Crossbows also legal for handicapped hunters by permit.
www.floridaconservation.org/
850-488-8573

Georgia
Crossbows legal in all seasons starting 2003.
www.gohuntgeorgia.com
770-918-6416

Hawaii
Crossbows legal by special disabled permit only.
www.hawaii.gov/dlnr
808-973-9787

Idaho
During an any-weapon hunting season you can hunt with a crossbow without any other permit besides your hunting license and proper tag. Crossbows also legal for handicapped persons by permit-to hunt with a crossbow during an archery season, you must also have a valid archery permit as well as a hunting license and a proper tag.
www.fishandgame.idaho.gov
800-554-8685

Illinois
Hunters 62 years of age and older are now permitted to use a crossbow without a special permit. Hunters using a crossbow will need an archery deer permit and proof of age in the form of an official ID. Crossbows used in hunting as authorized by a permit issued under this section shall meet all of the following specifications:

1) Shall have a minimum peak draw weight of 125 pounds and a maximum peak draw weight of 200 pounds.
2) Shall have a minimum limb width of 24 inches and a minimum overall length (from butt of stock to front of limbs) of 24 inches.
3) Shall have a working safety.
4) Shall be used with bolts or arrows of not less than 14 inches in length (not including point) with a broadhead. Broadheads may have fixed or expandable blades, but they must be barbless and have a minimum 7/8 inch diameter when fully opened. Broadheads with fixed blade must be metal or flint-, chert-, or obsidian-napped. Broadheads with expandable blades must
be metal.
2) Illinois Crossbow Rules: Crossbows are legal for senior and disabled hunters only during the archery season. A special permit signed by a physician and approved by the Department of Natural Resources must be submitted.
Crossbows also legal for handicapped hunters by permit.
http://www.dnr.state.il.us/admin/Digest/
217-782-7305

Indiana
Crossbows legal only in late archery season and only for antler less deer.
www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3188.htm
317-232-4080

Iowa
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters with permit. Resident hunters 70 years old and older may purchase one statewide antlerless-deer only license to hunt deer with a crossbow.

Iowa Crossbow Rules: Crossbows are legal for senior and disabled hunters only during the archery season. A special permit signed by a physician and approved by the Department of Natural Resources must be submitted.

www.iowadnr.com
515-281-8688

Kansas
Beginning in 2008 - Crossbows of at least 125 pounds draw weight will be allowed during the regular firearms deer and turkey seasons.
Crossbows and draw locks legal for permanently disabled hunters by permit.
www.kdwp.state.ks.us
316-342-0658

Kentucky
Crossbows legal for all hunters during rifle and muzzleloader seasons. Legal in archery season for handicapped hunters. Crossbows legal for deer statewide October 1-19 and November 8-December 31, 2008.
*Proposed regulation for crossbow use for Elk - to be updated when dates published. www.kdfwr.state.ky.us/
800-858-1549

Louisiana
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Commission now has the ability to establish a bow and arrow only season, and a bow and arrow and crossbow season in special deer hunting seasons.
www.wlf.state.la.us/
225-765-2350

Maine
Effective January 1, 2006, with a valid crossbow hunting license, a person may hunt bear with a crossbow during the open season on bear and may hunt deer with a crossbow during the open firearm season on deer. The crossbow hunting license may not be used to hunt deer during the archery season, muzzle loading season, or expanded archery season. Crossbows are still permitted otherwise for disabled hunters. A person who applies for the crossbow hunting license, other than a junior hunting license, must submit proof of having successfully completing an archery hunting education course and a crossbow hunting course or evidence of having previously held adult archery and crossbow hunting licenses issued specifically for the purpose of hunting with a crossbow or bow and arrow in this State or any other state, province or country in any year after 1979. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
http://www.maine.gov/ifw/hunting_trapping/hunting/index.htm
207-287-8000

Maryland
Crossbows legal during the entire bow season in the Suburban Deer Archery Zone (Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties).
Age 65 and over legal throughout Archery season.
To be updated:
*Crossbows are legal for all hunters during the October 1- October 15, 2007 and January 15-31, 2008 segments of the Deer Bow Season and all regular gun seasons and muzzleloader seasons.
www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide
410-260-8540

Massachusetts
Crossbows for handicap with permit.
http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/regulations/abstracts/hunt_fish_abstracts.pdf
508-792-7270

Michigan
Crossbows may now be used:
? By anyone 50 years of age or older during the Oct. 1-Nov. 14 bow hunting deer season statewide.
? By any hunter age 12 and older during any hunting season in Zone 3 of southern Michigan, including the bow hunting season.
? During any season in which a firearm may be used, for both big and small game statewide.
? Crossbows used for hunting are restricted to no more than 350 feet per second.
Under the new regulations, 10 and 11 year-old hunters may not use a crossbow. Youth hunters must be at least 12 to use a crossbow.
A crossbow stamp will be required in addition to hunting licenses for those using crossbows. Stamps will be available at all license retailers starting March 15. The stamp, which is free, will help the DNR monitor and survey crossbow hunters over the next three years. http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10363---,00.html
517-373-1263
Michigan Natural Resources Commission decided that beginning this deer season, anyone who is age 50 or older may use a crossbow during the early (Oct. 1-Nov. 14) archery deer season.

And in southern Michigan, the opportunities are even more wide open: Any hunter who is at least 12 years of age may use a crossbow during any deer season (though those hunters must wear hunter orange if they are hunting during any firearms deer season.)

Although 10-year-olds may legally hunt deer with archery gear, the NRC decided to set a minimum age of 12 for crossbow hunters because, unlike conventional bows, which have to be drawn immediately before releasing an arrow, crossbows are cocked and ready to shoot.
Minnesota
Crossbows legal only for handicapped hunters by permit.
www.dnr.state.mn.us
888-minndnr
Mississippi
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters with permit, hunters 65 and older, and during primitive weapon and deer gun seasons.
http://home.mdwfp.com/ContentManagement/Html/htmldownload.aspx?id=13
601-432-2400

Missouri
Crossbows for handicapped archers by permit and during firearms season.
www.mdc.mo.gov/hunt/

Missouri Crossbow Rules: Crossbows are legal for senior and disabled hunters only during the archery season. A special permit signed by a physician and approved by the Department of Natural Resources must be submitted.

573-751-4115

Montana
Crossbows legal only during gun seasons. No provision for handicapped hunters.
www.fwp.state.mt.us
406-444-2535

Nebraska
Crossbows legal during deer and pronghorn firearms season and for handicapped hunters by permit during archery season.
Nebraska Crossbow Rules: Crossbows are legal for senior and disabled hunters only during the archery season. A special permit signed by a physician and approved by the Department of Natural Resources must be submitted.

www.ngpc.state.ne.us
402-471-0641

Nevada
Legal for all hunters in firearms season.
www.ndow.org/
775-688-1500

New Hampshire
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters by permit. Legal for all hunters in firearms season. Legal for all hunters on Long Island with Long Island Deer Permit.
www.wildlife.state.nh.us
603-271-3422

New Jersey
June 17, 2009
On Tuesday, June 16, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted on adopting proposed amendments to the 2009 – 2012 Game Code. The Council voted to adopt all the proposed amendments except amendment 29, which proposed boundary changes to Deer Management Zones 19 and 23. The full proposal containing the amendments can be viewed at www.nj.gov/dep/rules/proposals/040609b.pdf (PDF) on the NJ DEP website.
The most significant amendment adopted expands the definition of "bow" by removing the prohibition on all draw locking and draw holding devices and by including crossbows in the definition. This allows the use of crossbows in any bow and arrow hunting season and other hunting seasons for all species where the use of bow and arrow is allowed. Crossbows must have a minumum draw weight of 75 pounds and a minimum stock length of 25 inches. (Note that that crossbows are NOT legal for bowfishing at this time; bowfishing is covered by the Freshwater Fish Code.)
This amendment, in addition to the recently passed law allowing Sunday bow and arrow deer hunting on Wildlife Management Areas and private property, is expected to increase participation in New Jersey bow and arrow hunting seasons. Hunters who have never purchased a New Jersey bow and arrow hunting license or have not purchased one since the implementation of the electronic licensing system must present one of the following to purchase a license: 1) a hunter education archery certificate, or 2) a prior year resident bow and arrow license (from NJ or any other state), or 3) a prior year nonresident NJ bow and arrow license. Information on hunter education requirements for bow and arrow hunting and hunter education session schedules can be obtained at www.njfishandwildlife.com/hunted.htm.
The 2009 – 2012 Game Code becomes law five days after it is published in the New Jersey Register. Hunters are advised to consult the NJ Division of Fish and Game website for updates on the Game Code publication date and effective date of the amended Code.

www.njfishandwildlife.com
609-292-2965

New Mexico
Crossbow use is allowed by Certified Mobility Impaired Hunters during all hunts.
www.wildlife.state.nm.us
800-862-9310

New York
Crossbows illegal.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/30419.html
518-402-8924

North Carolina
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters by permit.
In March 2009 the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission adopted the proposal to allow the use of crossbows, without permit, anytime bow and arrows are legal weapons, but on April 21, 2009 the North Carolina Rules Review Commission has referred a number of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s proposed rules changes to the General Assembly, due to written opposition. This action is required under state law.

As a result, these rules changes will not be implemented until reviewed by the Legislature next year. Legislators have 30 days from the start of the next session to propose a bill disapproving the rule. If no bill is proposed, the rule automatically goes into effect.

http://www.ncwildlife.org/fs_index_04_hunting.htm
919-733-7291
North Dakota
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters by permit.
www.gf.nd.gov
701-328-6300

Ohio
Crossbows legal during archery season; Draw weight must not be less than 75 pounds and no more than 200 pounds.
www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/default.htm
614-265-6300

Oklahoma
Crossbows legal for age 60 and over.
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters by permit. Hunters with a permanent disability which prevents use of a conventional bow with a physician's certification. Crossbow must be a minimum draw weight of 100 pounds and equipped with safety devices. Crossbows may not be transported in a motorized vehicle unless uncocked or disassembled.
www.wildlifedepartment.com
405-521-2730
Oregon
Crossbows illegal.
www.dfw.state.or.us
503-872-5268

Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has approved the expanded lawful use of crossbows to include both the archery deer and bear seasons. The Board included a sunset date for the expanded crossbow use requiring a future vote on the measure again before June 30, 2012.
Crossbows are legal in Pennsylvania during all big game rifle and muzzleloader seasons, including turkey seasons. They're legal to use for deer in special-regulations areas surrounding Pittsburgh and Philadelphia where the use of rifles is banned, and during special archery deer seasons in those Wildlife Management Units. They're legal during archery deer seasons for disabled hunters with special permits

*The use of magnified scopes was approved on April 21, 2009.

www.pgc.state.pa.us
717-787-4250

Rhode Island
Crossbows only legal for hunters who possess an official Adaptive Aid/Crossbow Permit obtained through the DEM Division of Licensing. Crossbows must be a minimum draw weight of 150-pounds and 24-inches wide.
www.dem.ri.gov/pubs/regs/index.htm
401-222-6647

South Carolina
Archery equipment is now defined as " a bow and arrow, a long bow, a recurve bow, a compound bow, or a cross bow.”

www.dnr.state.sc.us
803-734-3886

South Dakota
Crossbows legal for handicapped hunters during archery season.
www.sdgfp.info/index.htm
605-773-3485

Tennessee
The use of crossbows is now permitted during all seasons including the regular archery season.
www.state.tn.us/twra
615-781-6500

Texas
Full-inclusion of crossbows in archery seasons except Grayson County.
www.tpwd.state.tx.us
512-389-45055
Utah
Crossbows legal only for handicapped hunters by permit.
www.wildlife.utah.gov
801-538-4700

Vermont
Crossbows legal only for handicapped hunters by permit.
www.vtfishandwildlife.com
802-241-3700

Virginia
At the June 23, 2005, meeting of the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries the Board approved the use of crossbows for hunting during the upcoming fall hunting season. Previously, only disabled hunters could hunt with crossbows. For more specific crossbow information click on the following link:
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/
804-367-1000

Washington
Crossbows approved (effective 5/5/04) for use by qualifying archers with disabilities.
http://wdfw.wa.gov
360-902-2519

West Virginia
Crossbows legal with a Class Y Crossbow Permit for individuals who have been determined to have a permanent physical impairment which renders them so disabled as to be unable to use a conventional bow and arrow device. An application must be completed and submitted by the hunter and a licensed Physician to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources for consideration.
www.wvdnr.gov
304-558-2771

Wisconsin
Crossbows are not legal to use except by disabled hunters issued a Class A, B, or Crossbow permit; resident hunters 65 years of age or older issued a valid archery hunting license.
www.dnr.state.wi.us
608-266-2621

Wyoming
Crossbows legal during archery seasons; Must have 90 pound minimum draw weight and shoot a minimum 16-inch bolt.
http://gf.state.wy.us
307-777-4600
What Crossbow Should the Whitetail Hunter Purchase?
While several crossbow manufacturers exist, these manufacturers are not as commonplace in quality as compound manufacturers. Mathews seems to be making the best compound bows in the world, however many compound bow manufacturers are hot on their tail with great bows from Hoyt, PSE, Bowtech, and many others. Crossbow manufacturers are not as evolved regarding quality thus simply going out and purchasing any crossbow is not wise. Only two companies exist that I consider to be state of the art or high quality crossbows. These two companies are Horton Crossbows, and Ten Point Crossbows. It is my opinion that Horton is the highest quality crossbow in the world. As a whitetail outfitter for 13 years in 5 States, have harvested 15 pope and young deer, been a disabled crossbow hunter for 10 years or so, and having shot both companies crossbows I prefer Horton Crossbows without question.
Why Horton?
1. Horton has been in business for almost 100 years. While Ten Point has quality products as well they have only been in business since around 1994 or 15 years. That implies to me that Horton Crossbows has 85 years more experience in the production of crossbows than Ten Point and other crossbow companies
2. The Warranty Program is friendlier to the buyer in my opinion.
3. With nearly a half a century of producing crossbows one could assume that Horton crossbows probably knows how to produce a better crossbow than other companies. While it’s not a fact, common sense would insinuate this in my opinion.
4. The availability of dealers to both sell and work on your Horton Crossbow is much more available than other companies.
5. I have found personally that Horton has been a pleasure to deal with and has customer service that is second to none. They are just flat out friendly and helpful.
6. Horton Crossbow’s website is very informative. Loaded with information its obvious by the content of the website, that Horton genuinely cares about their customers.
7. Horton Crossbows has a diverse line of products that range from a crossbow that is very affordable to State of the Art or very expensive crossbows, thus any buyer can obtain a quality crossbow from Horton, no matter what budget you are working with. Most opposing crossbow manufacturers are either cheap and below average quality, or very expensive. Horton may be the only crossbow company that can accommodate the budget of the prince or the pauper, while all the while making sure you have obtained a quality crossbow.
What Horton Crossbow Should I Buy?
Horton provides a variety of choices for today’s big game hunter. Here are some suggestions.
Let us begin by introducing Horton’s state of the art


reCon™ 175 Crossbow suggested msrp $1499.00
The reCon 175 is the most unique, tactical, leading-edge crossbow on the market today. The Frontal String Technology makes the reCon 175 compact, well balanced, and powerful with speeds to 325 fps when using arrows with a total weight of 320grn (includes tip). Machined from solid aluminum billet, the reCon comes standard with a collapsible stock, vertical grip, and a three-position Picatinny rail. recon limbs come with a lifetime warranty.

CB860 Package
2x40mm 3 Dot Red Dot

- reCon™ 175 Bow
- Hunter® Elite Lite™ 3-Arrow Quiver
- Cocking Rope
- 3 Arrows
- 3 Practice Points

reCon™ 175 Specifications

Draw Weight: 175 lbs.
Mass Weight: 9.7 lbs.
Length: 32 1/2"(stock retracted) - 35 1/2"(stock extended)
Width: 18 1/4 "
Power Stroke: 12 3/4"
Arrow Length: 17"
Velocity(ft/sec): Up to 325
Energy(ft. lbs.): 74.6


Legacy™ 175 Crossbow $599
Horton’s Legacy™ family of crossbows is made for those who desire the simplicity of a recurve design. The Legacy™ 175 is quiet, lightweight and accurate at 305 fps and comes with an adjustable stock. Legacies are equipped with TunerZ™ sound and vibration damping systems. Legacy limbs come with a lifetime warranty.

CB724 Package
Mult-A-Range® 4x32 Scope
- Legacy™ 175 Bow
- TunerZ™ installed
- Hunter® Elite Lite™ 3-Arrow Quiver
- 3 Arrows
- 3 Practice Points
- Bow Stringer
- EZ Loader™ Cocking Rope
Legacy™ 175 Specifications
Draw Weight: 175 lbs.
Mass Weight: 7 lbs.
Length: 36"
Width: 37"
Power Stroke: 14"
Arrow Length: 20"
Velocity(ft/sec): Up to 310
Energy(ft. lbs.): 76



Legend HD 175 Crossbow suggested msrp $589
The Legend Series was introduced in 1998 and has become the most popular line of crossbows in Horton’s history. The Legend HD Series stock comes fully camouflaged with adjustable butt-plate, and a comfortable oversized forearm. You can find Legend HD crossbows at your favorite dealer or national sporting goods retailer.

CB612 Package
Mult-A-Range® 4x32 Scope
- Legend HD 175 Bow
- Premium Steel Scope Rings
- Hunter® Elite Lite™ 3-Arrow Quiver
- 3 Arrows
- 3 Practice Points
CB613 Package
LiteRite® Auto-Adjust 3-Dot Sight
- Legend HD 175 Bow
- Hunter® Elite Lite™ 3-Arrow Quiver
- 3 Arrows
- 3 Practice Points
Legend HD 175 Specifications
Draw Weight: 175 lbs.
Mass Weight: 7.2 lbs.
Length: 33 1/2"
Width: 26"
Power Stroke: 12"
Arrow Length: 20"
Velocity(ft/sec): Up to 305
Energy(ft. lbs.): 90


Explorer HD 150 Crossbow $419
The Explorer HD 150 is a great bow for the buck – pun intended. The Explorer gets the job done with its thumbhole stock for comfort and a lightweight pull trigger for accuracy. With Realtree HD camo, the Explorer will be the last thing that big buck never sees!

CB619 Package
Mult-A-Range® 3-Dot Sight
- Explorer HD 150 Bow
- Hunter® Elite Lite™ 3-Arrow Quiver
- 3 Arrows
- 3 Practice Points
The Explorer HD 150 Specifications
Draw Weight: 150 lbs.
Mass Weight: 7.4 lbs.
Length: 30"
Width: 26"
Power Stroke: 10 3/4"
Arrow Length: 20"
Velocity(ft/sec): Up to 270
Energy(ft. lbs.): 66

In conclusion, I have never enjoyed the sport of whitetail deer hunting more until I was introduced to the crossbow. The weapon is far more ethical than the compound bow, user friendly, promotes youth and disabled hunting during archery season, and is just fun to shoot. Crossbow hunting for whitetail deer is my passion.

Darrin Bradley

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