Hunting is an instinct that has been refined by our ancestors which led to the human race’s survival. One day, there might be a need for us to revert to the old hunting way.
Well, the instinct never really left us. It was just suppressed because there’s no need for it as the food sources are readily available nowadays. But do you have an idea what happens if the diameter of a crossbow arrow is too large for the grooved track in the barrel?
There’s a good reason why manufacturers specify a specific diameter of bolts for every type of crossbow. If you bought the wrong bolt size, don’t be too hard on yourself. Why this is a perfect excuse to buy another crossbow that matches your bolts, isn’t it?
Kidding aside, let’s find out the intricacies of using the right arrow for your crossbow. Maybe you are just starting with this hobby, and you haven’t refined your hunting instincts well as of yet. But don’t worry, even our ancestors started out as apprentices!
Know Your Arrows
Hunting is fun and exciting. But before you go to the Safari with your hunting buddies, here’s a short lesson about your crossbow bolts.
You want to equip yourself with more information about it so you won’t make another mistake of buying the wrong accessories and ammunition for your gear.
First, the term “arrow” and “bolt” are interchangeably used when talking about crossbow ammunition. However, the term “bolt” is specific to the crossbow and cannot be referred to as the ammunition for a bow. This good-to-know information might come in handy and win you some bragging rights, eh? Thus, keeping it in mind is wise.
Learn to Lurk
Now that you have your right-sized bolts with you, it’s time to get serious about your hunting skills!
One of the best skills you could learn while hunting is making the least sound while you move to avoid being detected by your target. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time! After a few hunting trips, you would get the hang of it.
Learn to Skin
There are times when hunting leads to plentiful loot. Smaller animals can be easily lugged back to the camp. However, larger game animals may need to be skinned, butchered, and portioned on the spot for easy transport.
Unless you have your 4×4 nearby, which is highly unlikely, getting a large game back to the base could be difficult, so it pays to know how to hack off your trophy.
Learn to Cook
Now that you got your game animal all dressed up, time to do the cooking! Try watching a few clips online to get educated on how to cook at camp. Bring a few herbs and spices with you and show off your cooking skills with your buddies!