I decided to go crossbow hunting, or as some may say purchasing, the other 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 anything 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 this up again but this time I thought I might pick up a crossbow. Local sporting goods store here I come.
On the way to the store I realized it might be sensible to set up a budget for my new hobby. I mean I don’t want to walk into this store and drop $2 or $3 large on some gear I Have A. Never used before, 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. I would buy nothing tonight. Just crossbow hunting, get it? Ha ha. I checked out all the gear 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. I’m confident that you could spend more. If I am 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 let you see in the dark and everything. How cool is that. Then there are the arrows or bolts in the case of crossbows. Aluminum are the best bang for your buck. Then you will need practice arrow tips and hunting arrows with broadhead tips. These can run $100 for a few of each. Then you have targets to practice with, another $50. This new hobby is not affordable. But it doesn’t have to cost 2 or 3K to get started. When I got an inexpensive bow and extent, arrows, hints 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.
Next stop, more shopping, but this time on the Web. On the Web 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.