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Newbie Incoming!

Post by xJohnson » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:22 am

So I've just Purchased my first Crossbow in the hopes to begin hunting this year,

I purchased a Matrix Bulldog 330 package, and was kind of hoping to gain some more knowledge on not only my bow but also
about being a first year hunter and what to prepare for/expect.

So far I've gotten an Excalibur EX-SHIELD Case, extra set of Diablo bolts(with Practice heads), Wax, Bolt Puller, and a Rinehart 18-1 Broadhead Target.

This will be my first season hunting and I wanted to gain as much knowledge as humanly possible as I don't know many hunters personally to ask myself.
Kind of curious what i should be looking out for in terms of gear and opinions on what to avoid/must-have and some advice on the different styles of Blinds or if I need one at all?

Any help would be greatly appreciated :D

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Post by janesy » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:24 am

Welcome, where ya at? :wave:

Edit: Local guy, good call on the excal.
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Post by XB I GO » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:34 am

You're gonna need some good broadheads that match the weight of your practice tips. You need enough that you can shoot some and save some for the hunt. They will tear up your target bag but if you only shoot a few for verification it should be ok. We have bought some heavy sheet foam, almost like rubber and made a little frame for it. We put it two feet in front of the target bag. It slows down the bolt so the broadhead is not buried into the bag target and impossible to pull out. We've used a haybale for the same purpose in front of the bag. You can always get a target that is rated for

I would get a spare string - just in case. And you'll need a stringer rope. This makes it easy to put a string on if something somehow happens on the hunt which would most likely be human error of some sort. If you're hunting from a fixed position a set of shooting sticks or a tripod will help keep your crossbow ready and steady.

Are you hunting from a blind, treestand or open ground? There are different things needed for each of those situations. Are you deer hunting?

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Post by roly » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:37 pm


You have a lot to learn grasshopper.
I would say to get to know your equipment first. Shoot you bow as often as you can, get comfortable with it, learn how your bow shoots. Get a system of cocking, safety on, arrow in. Know your brace height and check it often, your string will stretch and you need to adjust it.
You have a great target so wear it out.
Read what you can on here and watch YouTube vids and ask questions. Learning to hunt is a long and sometimes frustrating sport. Make sure of your shots, trust your equipment and know your limits.

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Post by SALTYDOG » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:44 pm

Welcome to the forum :)

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Post by Bcxbow » Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:04 pm

Welcome aboard, there’s a lot of knowledge on this forum and plenty of members willing to offer advice so don’t be shy about asking questions. :wave:

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Post by xcaliber » Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:07 pm

Welcome aboard. Let folks know where you're from, what you plan to hunt, etc. You'll get a ton of help from the members here.
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Post by hankenhunter » Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:47 pm

Welcome to the forum. Look up making a bag target. Save the 18/1 for broadheads. Bag targets are free and easy to make. They will stop any arrow. Practice shooting with field points first. Then move to broadheads. Your field points will probably not shoot the exact same as a broadhead, so you'll have to resight for them. Keep the questions coming.

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Post by mr meat » Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:57 pm

Welcome! You will need a stringer to adjust your brace height contact Boo and get a Danny Miller stringer
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Post by Boo » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:40 pm

Welcome to the forum! The guys have done well advising you!
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Post by papa bear1 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:58 am

Welcome to the forum, you have come to the right place for all your questions. :thumbup:

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Post by BrotherRon » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:20 am

Welcome aboard...
and congratulations on what I think is the best all around crossbow for target practice and hunting.
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Post by Patcon » Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:46 pm

Be respectful of the damage a crossbow string can do to your hands! Avoid the triangle of pain!
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Re: Newbie Incoming!

Post by xJohnson » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:04 pm

Thanks for all the tips! I've looked into making my own bag target and am looking forward to trying it out!

I've never given much thought onto how I would hunt (Tree, Blind, Free) I will be hunting Deer, and hopefully turkey when season comes.
I'm from the Kitchener Area in Ontario.

I appreciate all the tips so far! I'll definitely have to look into getting that D.M. Stringer!
I'm really to happy to hear so many positive reviews about the bow I got, the salesman almost convinced me to buy Compound instead (Barnett Recruit) and i just fell in love with this bow the moment I shot it. Very pleased with my purchase :D

I look forward to reading as much as I can in here and chatting with many of you in the future! :)

Thanks again everyone!

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