posted on December 11, 2010 10:08
Daniel - Regarding the article, New York Crossbows Mean Big $$$ For Conservation Fund, Summer 2010 edition, the comment was made "I have left a bow cocked for several days while in camp and it caused no harm." Can this be true? I have been an avid crossbow hunter for 10 years and from the beginning was instructed and with everything read that you should not leave a bow cocked for more than 3 to 4 hours. Please set us all straight on this. Is there any difference between a mechanical crossbow and a recurve crossbow in this matter?
Randy Morgan – MI
Randy – Common sense dictates that if this was done on a regular basis there would be unnecessary wear and tear on the limbs of a crossbow regardless of whether it was a recurve or a compound. We all know that the secret to longevity of any equipment is to treat it with respect and good common sense. And if common sense is not a factor in a person’s behavior when it comes to taking care of his or her crossbow then the fact that all manufacturers recommend uncocking your bow when you are through with your hunt (most of them suggest immediately after you get out of your stand). However, this is still (at least for the time being) America, land of the free and if you want to leave your crossbow cocked all year round, you have the right to do so. But just because you have the right, that does not make it right. Now that is just my opinion, Randy…I could be wrong!