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Jun 7th, 2015 at 11:16am
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Just a quick question. Is there a dedicated crossbow group?
  
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Re: Crossbow group
Reply #1 - Jun 7th, 2015 at 8:39pm
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Good question, I hunt with a crossbow also but found it hard to find others to swap ideas with etc. I don't think there is one on here, but very keen to start a thread up.
  
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Reply #2 - Jun 9th, 2015 at 1:08am
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It would seem that there is a bit of a stigma around crossbow use...  a bit of the traditional versus the new some might say?
  
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Reply #3 - Jun 9th, 2015 at 1:10am
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Couldn't agree more with you. A selected few ruin it for the rest of us. I really enjoy hunting with a crossbow and stick to the letter of the law.
Where about's in NZ are you Jimmy M?
  
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Re: Crossbow group
Reply #4 - Jun 9th, 2015 at 3:41am
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The stigma surrounding crossbows in New Zealand has occurred for a number of reasons.

In the "old" days of field archery the was concern a string might break and send a bolt out sideways.
Makes no sense.

Often crossbows were seen to be in the hands of those up to no good. This is when crossbows were basic and not the weapons they are today. Now those who own them are serious about hunting with them.

Their hitting power was deemed to be insufficient for NZ animals. Agin this goes back many, many years.
The modern crossbow (apart from the asian junk) has ample power.

DOC have recognised this and allow crossbow shooters access to their lands.

I was very fortunate as a teenager the local archery club let me shoot there with my crossbow. It didn't take long for me want bows like everyone was using.

I think it is great their are more people out there shooting crossbows.
  
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Re: Crossbow group
Reply #5 - Jun 9th, 2015 at 6:05am
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There is also the fear of the ability to walk around with them ready to fire, possibly accidentally. Follow the same rules as a firearm, load only when ready to shoot they shouldn't be a problem.

You might have different needs from practice targets to account for the shorter bolts which can be an issue for the clubs etc too.
  

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Reply #6 - Jun 9th, 2015 at 8:02am
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I am Auckland based Daazzaa.
  
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Reply #7 - Jun 9th, 2015 at 8:08am
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It would seem that a lot of the stigma is either because of old info or dickheads! I would suggest that if your frequenting a fishing and hunting forum your less likely to be a dickhead! I was wondering just how many people hunt with them?
I was side tracked a little while ago and ended up with a fishing kayak...  You can't shoot anything with a kayak! So i am looking at the market and also seeing who is close enough to share a beer and talk me through some finer points of bow hunting.  Before I spend the next mortgage payment!
  
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Reply #8 - Jun 10th, 2015 at 5:08am
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I know my limits as well, my crossbow meets all the legal requirements for NZ law but I only go after small game (Pigs, Goats etc) until I am able and confident enough to move up to the next level. If there is anyone around Canterbury that is keen to catch up for a walk one day PM me.
  
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Reply #9 - Jun 10th, 2015 at 10:51pm
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And that is the attitude we should expect from people in this group. I mean we aren't a bunch of cowboys. Even all those years ago when I had a rifle I know I could hit targets 300 - 400 metres away I didn't because there are a few too many variables which I could not account for and always got closer to make a shot. Did I ever miss? Not when hunting things bigger than a rabbit. Did I always make a clean kill. poor rabbits... but goats, pigs all dropped where I shot them.

As for the safety side of things most if not all crossbows I have seen have an automatic safety which engages when you co*k them and mechanically it is better than the safety on a firearm, however being as mechanical one it may fail, however I have not seen any documented failure of an automatic safety but I stand to be corrected. If you only point your crossbow at things you want to shoot at you should be fine.
  
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Reply #10 - Sep 15th, 2017 at 3:57pm
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i for one think this is a growing sport here in nz and would like to see more like minded people and maybe a group dedicated to this side of things... Wink
  

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Reply #11 - Sep 15th, 2017 at 6:41pm
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i'm interested i knowing the in's and out's about cross bows, how close do you you need to be to a deer to enable one to do a effective job in killing the animal
  
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Reply #12 - Sep 15th, 2017 at 10:52pm
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i find it comes down to the hunter and the situation...i practice a lot at 100 yards so im comfortable at that range,i shoot at coke bottle lids! that doesn't mean i would take that same shot on a deer tho  Wink
  

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Re: Crossbow group
Reply #13 - Sep 16th, 2017 at 12:12am
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Was thinking about getting a cross bow as I have a left shoulder problem ,and it gets sore when using a bow but have just read an article and the WA cops have banned them a few years back, Angry
  
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Reply #14 - Sep 16th, 2017 at 4:49pm
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i started a fb page for xbow enthusiasts so feel free to check it out...crossbows nz! could be a good idea for admin to think about a section for us also Wink Wink Wink
  

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