I decided to go crossbow hunting, or as some might say shopping, the other day. I needed, well, you name it, the whole nine yards. I wanted, a crossbow, a crossbow scope, bolts (or arrows), targets, broad heads for bow hunting, a quiver and whatever else a beginning archer may need. I say starting because in essence I am a beginner. I used a longbow as a youth some 50 years ago and really enjoyed it. So, I thought I might pick it up again but this time I thought I might get a crossbow.
On the way to the store I realized it might be sensible to establish a budget for my new hobby. I mean I don’t wish to walk into this store and shed $2 or $3 large on some gear I Have A. Never used previously, B. I don’t have any clue what the competition may be charging and C. I may be too old for this kind of thing. (63, just sayin) I solved the budget issue with my favorite tactic, procrastination. Ha ha. I checked out all of the equipment including the crossbows, the scopes, bolts and suggestions, targets and quivers.
On the way home from the shop I concluded that as far as a budget was concerned I should definitely have one. Crossbows ranged from $250 to $1,500. I’m confident you could spend more. If I’m gonna do so, I am gonna do so right and that means a scope. Scopes can vary from $99 to $2500 and up. A number of them allow you to see in the dark and everything. How cool is that. Then there are the bolts or arrows in the case of crossbows. Aluminum would be the best bang for your buck. Then you need practice arrow tips and hunting arrows with broadhead tips. These can run $100 for some of each. Then you have targets to practice with, another $50. This new hobby isn’t affordable. But it does not have to cost 2 or 3K to get started. If I got an inexpensive bow and scope, arrows, tips and targets I could be out on the range shooting for about 5 or $600. Not bad. Then when I get better I can update. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Next stop, more shopping, but this time online. My feet hurt. On the Web you can not just save wear and tear on your feet, you can get reliable information about the products you’re shopping for. In the shop, unless you’re lucky and find an experienced crossbow hunter to wait on you you’re on your own.