I chose to go crossbow hunting, or as some may say purchasing, another day. I had, well, you name it, the whole nine yards. I wanted, a crossbow, a crossbow range, 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 back and really enjoyed it. So, I thought I might pick this up again but this time I thought I might get a crossbow.
On the way into the store I realized it may be sensible to set up a budget for my new hobby. I mean I do not wish to walk into this store and shed $2 or $3 big 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 sort of thing. (63, just sayin) I solved the budget problem with my favourite tactic, procrastination. Ha ha. I checked out all of the gear including the crossbows, the scopes, bolts and suggestions, targets and quivers.
On the way home from the shop I reasoned that up to a budget was worried I should definitely have one. I’m confident that you could spend more. If I am gonna do so, I am gonna do so right and that means a range. Scopes can vary from $99 to $2500 and up. A number of them let you see in the dark and everything. Then there are the bolts or arrows in the event of crossbows. Aluminum would be the best bang for your buck. Then you will need practice arrow tips and hunting arrows with broadhead tips. These can run $100 to get some of each. Then you’ve got goals to practice with, another $50. This new hobby is not affordable. But it does not have to cost 2 or 3K to begin. When I got an inexpensive bow and extent, arrows, hints and goals I could be out on the range shooting for approximately 5 or $600. Not bad. Then when I get better I will update.
Next stop, more shopping, but this time online. Online you can’t just save wear and tear on your feet, you can get reliable information regarding the products that you’re shopping for. In the shop, unless you are lucky and find an experienced crossbow hunter to wait on you you’re on your own.