Grouse hunting with crossbow?

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Grouse hunting with crossbow?

Postby northbaydude » Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:59 pm

Can anyone tell me if they hunt grouse or rabbit with crossbow and share some tips with me. what type of arrows and heads i should use and any other tips and techniques? This will be my first time, I got my license today to hunt in Ontario with bow only and I own an Excalibur cross bow.
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Postby Fox » Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:00 pm

I used to hunt with my smaller bow, 150 lb draw though. I used judo points for the rabbits, I tried for grouse but only hit one with a broadhead and took the head off.

I believe there are some points that are ver large for flying birds, look into them for grouse on the ground too.
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Postby DropTine » Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:06 pm

I shot a couple grouse with my Exomax while moose hunting in Noelville/West Arm of Lake Nippising. I just used the factory GT L2's with a G5 SGH. Very accurate little broadhead. I have also shot rabbits with it too so I know it workks well on them too.

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Postby mikej » Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:38 pm

i shoot grouse with my phoenix. i use 2219's with field points and the collers that go behind the points
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use a blunt end on your arrow

Postby xboman » Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:57 am

use a blunt end on your arrow
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Postby ninepointer » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:58 am

I know of a vertical bow hunter who makes his own wire loop points for taking the heads off grouse. They look something like this:
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templ ... hasJS=true
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Postby Cossack » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:05 am

And I thought I was challenged trying to hunt them with a 10" single shot .410 handgun (Contender).
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Postby B-Logger » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:15 am

I haven't yet tried it with the crossbow but used to hunt them a lot when I hunted with a recurve. Had a ball. Just used blunts, judo or field tips.
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Postby warningshot » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:44 am

make sure that you don't wander into city limits as they are not allowed in north bay city limits .....also it can get quite expensive if u miss a few birds ...i've only tried shots at small game from my stand for that reason
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Postby mikej » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:21 pm

ninepointer wrote:I know of a vertical bow hunter who makes his own wire loop points for taking the heads off grouse. They look something like this:
http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templ ... hasJS=true


they won't work out of a crossbow without using longer arrows they will not clear the stirrup
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