Crossbows the perfect fit for youth hunters
By Craig Lamb
Many states require a minimum draw weight of between 35 and 40 pounds for the purposes of archery hunting for whitetail deer and wild turkey. That keeps many enthusiastic youth hunters out of the woods until they can gain enough strength to meet the rule.
Or does it?
“The crossbow allows kids the opportunity to hunt at a much earlier age,” says Jake Miller, an avid archery hunter. “And especially with the cocking devices that exist and meet those state minimum requirements.”
Miller knows from experience. His hunting career began at the age of 6, when he was gifted a TenPoint Crossbow Technologies Titan. He’s now on the TenPoint staff and remains a big fan of the crossbow.
“My father took me out into the yard, and I practiced at different distances,” he recalls. “We would go to our local archery pro-shop, so I could test out several different crossbows and get comfortable with shooting them.”
“We watched hunting television shows, and the old VHS tapes and all of this combined really peaked my interest” he continues. “I shot my first deer that season.”
Miller is using the same approach and passing along his passion for hunting to younger hunters.
“Gaining the strength required to pull a compound bow doesn’t happen until they reach their teens,” explains Miller. “By then they’ve missed out on the chance to learn about the outdoors, experience it all and gain appreciation for what hunting is all about.”
To get started TenPoint offers useful advice on how to purchase a crossbow. If you are in the market for a crossbow, don’t know much about them, are looking for advice, then follow the practical guidelines to help you reach a decision for outfitting a youth with the proper gear.
For youths, Miller recommends considering the Wicked Ridge Ranger Crossbow by TenPoint.
After years of research, development and testing Wicked Ridge engineered the ideal hunting crossbow for small-framed shooters. The Ranger is designed with an ideal length of pull, physical weight and overall size. It’s features and performance makes it the perfect performer in its class.
Watch this video about the Ranger.
The Ranger features a 150-pound draw weight that is easily cocked using the ACU-52 integrated, self-retracting rope cocking system. The crossbow weighs just 5.9 pounds to make it easy to carry for youths.
The standard package (black) includes a TenPoint 3x Multi-Line Scope and Wicked Ridge Instant Detach 3-Arrow Quiver. The Premium package (camo) includes the scope, quiver and three Wicked Ridge Ranger Carbon Arrows with 100-grain practice points. The premium package also includes the ACU-52 cocking device.
Miller is a strong believer in mentoring youth hunters because of the many interests they have competing for their leisure time.
“Not very often will a child just have the interest in hunting, or crossbow hunting, on
their own,” he says. “As adults, we have to cultivate that interest.”
“Be the role model that is willing to talk with them about it, introduce them to it, show them how to shoot and make hunting a lifelong passion.”
Original Soursce: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com