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The Best Crossbow Hunting Accessories of 2020

It’s no secret that TenPoint designs and builds crossbows that are regarded as the highest quality hunting crossbows available on the market today, but, do you know that TenPoint also custom designs the best crossbow hunting accessories?  We use a “built from the ground-up” approach when it comes to developing

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The Best Hunting Crossbows of 2020

We looked at our 2020 crossbow line-up and compared performance, features, and price, and arrived at what we feel is our “Best of the Best” hunting crossbows.   Best Hunting Crossbow:  TenPoint Vapor RS 470 The TenPoint Vapor RS470 is a compact powerhouse unlike any other crossbow that TenPoint has built

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A Special First Hunt For Jayden Barber

A Special First Hunt for Jayden Barber

There are times in life when you meet a special person who you would do anything to help succeed.  Jayden Barber is one of those people.  At age 12 he has already faced more in life than anyone should have to face.  Having had cancer multiple times in his right arm, dozens of

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Tenpoint's Alpha Nock: Not Just Another Moon Or Capture Nock

TenPoint’s Alpha-Nock: NOT Just Another Moon or Capture Nock

Over the past 20 years, crossbows have experienced a significant technological evolution with respect to both their size and performance.  One significant change to hunting crossbows is how narrow the bow assemblies have become.  In the late 1990’s, the widths of cocked crossbows were in the neighborhood of 24-inches when

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10 Safety Tips for Treestand Hunters

Unfortunately, it seems to happen every year – sometimes to people you know, sometimes to people you don’t.  Every archery deer season there is a report of a hunter who was injured or died from a fall from a treestand.  Don’t think it can happen to you?  Think again.  It’s estimated that one out

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10 Scent Control Tips to Help You See More Deer

As an archery hunter, your main objective in the field is to get as close to your prey as you can, allowing for a closer shot with a higher chance for harvest success.  This can seem like a monumental task if you are hunting white-tailed deer, since deer have more

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Tips for Summer Crossbow Prep

Mid-to-late summer is when most crossbow hunters prepare for the upcoming fall archery hunting season.  Whether you are new to crossbows or you are a seasoned veteran, proper maintenance and tuning of your crossbow, proper arrow selection, and practicing your shooting routine are all activities that will help you to be

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How To Properly Sight In A Multi-Line Drop-Compensating Scope

If your crossbow scope has windage and elevation adjustment knobs but does not have a speed adjustment dial, then you have a multi-line style drop-compensating scope.  The TenPoint Multi-Line Scope and 3x Pro-View 3 Scope are examples of this style.  The process for sighting in this type requires you to

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Is a Lighter or Heavier Arrow Best for Crossbow Hunting?

With so many different arrow offerings now available on the market, how are you to choose which arrow will yield the most accurate and lethal results?  Is it best to maximize the speed of your crossbow by shooting the lightest arrow possible, or is it better to shoot a heavier

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10 Steps To Properly Chronograph Your Crossbow

Whether you are determining arrow speed to calibrate a variable power scope or you want to calculate the kinetic energy of your arrow setup, knowing how to chronograph your crossbow properly is critical to obtaining accurate speed data.  Here are 10 steps for you to follow to properly chronograph your

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10 Tips for Getting Your Crossbow Ready for Season

Follow this 10-tip checklist to prepare your crossbow for the upcoming season: 1. Check your crossbow for dirt, grit, or debris.  If your crossbow has dirt or grit on it from last season or if it has collected dust from off-season storage, use a cotton cloth with simple dish soap

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5 Reasons to Mount Your Trail Cameras in the Spring

Trail cameras are your most valuable resource for scouting and monitoring deer activity in your hunting area year-round.  If you have not already placed your trail cameras in the woods for this year, you should consider mounting them sooner, rather than later, as you may be missing out on precious

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Are You Geared Up and Ready for Spring Turkey Season?

With the arrival of spring also comes the prospect that turkey hunting season is now around the corner.  The feeling of being in the woods on a crisp spring morning with gobblers firing off in every direction is indescribable.  Is harvesting a big, beautiful gobbler one of your crossbow hunting

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TenPoint Introduces the EVO-X CenterPunch Rear-Deploying Broadhead

Just in time for spring turkey season, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies has introduced the EVO-X CenterPunch Broadhead, a rear-deploying style broadhead with a simple, collarless design that delivers field point accuracy downfield and creates a devastating 1 7/8-inch wound channel! TenPoint’s engineers recently tested 20 industry leading broadheads for long-range accuracy,

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Top 5 Reasons to Shoot A Reverse-Draw Crossbow

Reverse-draw style crossbows like the TenPoint Nitro XRT and the Wicked Ridge RDX 400 have seen a rise in popularity over the past few years.  The reverse-draw design yields certain advantages over its traditional forward draw counterpart when it comes to balance, performance, and overall quietness of the shot.  If

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The TenPoint Alpha-Nock: Pacing Modern Crossbow Performance and Design

Advancing manufacturing and materials technology has combined with design innovations to radically transform the crossbow segment over the last decade. Greater launch velocities, decreasing axle-to-axle widths, and reverse-limb designs have significantly evolved the crossbow platform in recent years. Ancillary equipment, however, has not necessarily kept pace. Consider the crossbow arrow

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TenPoint’s New Alpha-Nock: An Evolution in Crossbow Nock Design

One obvious change to hunting crossbow designs over the past 20 years is how narrow the bow assemblies have become.  When TenPoint produced its first line of crossbows in the late 1990’s, the widths of the bow assemblies were around 24-inches when cocked.   By 2013, the average width of TenPoint’s

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Preparing Your Crossbow for End-of-Season Storage

The deer archery seasons in most states are now coming to an end.  Hopefully, you had a successful harvest with your TenPoint, Horton, or Wicked Ridge crossbow this past season.  Before you put your crossbow away for the rest of winter, here are ten maintenance tips that you should follow

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7 Tips for Hunting the Rut

For a majority of those who hunt whitetail deer, the rut is the most exciting time to be in the woods.  The chances of seeing mature bucks during the daytime in areas where does frequent are highly increased.  For those still left in the hunt, here are some tips and

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How To Properly Sight In A Variable-Power Drop-Compensating Scope

Does the scope on your crossbow have a dial on the rear bell with numbers on it?  If so, you have a variable-power style drop-compensating scope.  The EVO-X Marksman Scope and the TenPoint RangeMaster Pro Scope are examples of this style.  The numbers on the dial signify a range of arrow

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What Is Your Early Season Hunting Plan?

Opening day of archery season is just a few short weeks away in most states. For many crossbow hunters, opening day is a culmination of hard work and time spent in the field scouting, planting food plots, creating mineral licks, filling and re-filling feeders, hanging trail cameras and collecting photos,

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It's NOT Too Late To Plant Food Plots for This Season!

Planting a food plot is a great way to attract more deer to your hunting area while helping to provide them with a supplemental food source and balanced nutrition. It is not too late to plant food plots for both the early and late parts of this year’s season! The

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How To Use Your Trail Cameras For Effective Scouting

Trail cameras are the most valuable scouting tool for monitoring deer activity in your hunting area. However, are you using them effectively? Are you really getting as much information from them as they offer? Here are some tips and tricks for properly placing, using, and maintaining your trail cameras so

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Summer Crossbow Maintenance Checklist

Here’s a list of things to do before you shoot your crossbow this summer! If your crossbow has dirt or grit on it left from the last season or has collected dust from being stored, use a cotton cloth with dish soap and water to gently wipe down any parts

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10 Steps to a Successful Food Plot

Planting a food plot is a great way to attract more deer to your hunting area while helping to provide them with a supplemental food source and more balanced nutrition.  The following 10 basic steps for planting food plots should serve as an easy guide for helping to achieve this

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The NXT Crossbow Revolution

This year, TenPoint has introduced three new crossbow models which have taken the marketplace by storm – the Shadow NXT, the Stealth NXT, and the Nitro X.  No, these crossbows are not just like your hunting rifles, but they are the most accurate and highest performing crossbows that TenPoint has

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Tips and Tricks for Calling Spring Turkeys

The early signs of spring are finally starting to appear in most locations around the country, and, for many hunters, the onset of spring means that turkey hunting season is just around the corner. For those of you who will soon be in the woods in search of a “long

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Beating the “Rut”

November is here. The most coveted time for a whitetail hunter to be in the woods is upon us. As you scroll through your social media feed or talk with your buddies and fellow hunters, don’t get discouraged if you aren’t basking in the same luck as those other guys.

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Entrance and Exit Routes from Your Hunting Location

Something often times considered, but disregarded more often than not, is the entrance and exit routes to and from your treestands or ground blinds. Something to note is that your entrance and exit routes may not be the same on any given day, and that sometimes you might have to

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Using Trail Cameras to Locate a Buck's Core Area

Trail cameras featuring todays technologies can be pretty impressive. Sending images in real time via cellular service directly to your phone to alert you when a deer steps in front and triggers the camera is a remarkable advancement, and a testament to the engineers behind trail camera computer software. For

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Choosing the Right Cocking Device

The best hunting crossbows have more to them than meet the eye. Speed, accuracy, and durability all come into play, but there are other factors to consider; like scope and, more importantly, cocking device. That can be a difficult and somewhat tricky decision to make. Cocking devices come in all

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Crossbow Shooting Basics

Shooting a crossbow sounds easy enough to most people, and truthfully, it is. But it is not the cliché of “shooting like a gun”. Crossbows are far more intricate. Yes, crossbows are fired by pulling a trigger like a gun, and they shoulder the same way because of a similar

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How to Sight In Your Crossbow

The most important part about being an ethical hunter is making certain your equipment is dialed in as accurately as possible. The folks at TenPoint Crossbow Technologies, as well as the rest of our Family of Brands (Horton Crossbow Innovations and Wicked Ridge Crossbows) are all committed to helping you

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Selecting the BEST Treestand for your Hunting Property

Let’s face it, there are about as many treestand manufacturers as there are automovile manufacturers, and there are just about as many different models to choose from! Just like choosing a vehicle to drive, there are some ways to help narrow down your search for the perfect treestand for you.

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Determining the PERFECT Place to Hang a Treestand

Here we are in the Month of June, just a few short months away from being able to enjoy a little “treestand therapy”. Bucks across the country are showing us their promise, wrapped neatly in velvet, still with much growing yet to occur. Trail camera photos of these velvet bucks

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The Best Food Plot Locations

Driving down back country roads in the heart of the Midwest, you’ll encounter vast expanses of land dedicated to growing crops. Increasingly, the hunting community is also planting food in the ground, but not for harvesting. Rather, they use it to support wildlife in a given area with supplemental food

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RCX Technology: Significant Efficiency

RCX (Reverse Cam Crossbow) technology is our latest breakthrough in hunting crossbow innovations. Many of you have probably seen and heard about both of our RCX models for 2017: The Carbon Phantom RCX and Eclipse RCX. If you get the opportunity, stop in to your local dealer and test them

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The ONLY food plot you need to plant

Planting food plots has absolutely taken off in the last decade. Now, nearly EVERY hunter has attempted to plant food specifically to grow bigger and healthier deer. The question is, what should you plant, when, and why, to give you the best opportunity to let your crossbow arrow “eat” come

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3 Turkey Hunting Tactics you NEED to Know

There is nothing quite like waking up before the world and trekking into the woods, plopping down against a sturdy tree trunk, and listening for the world to awaken. This is especially true when it is mid-April and the thunder of gobbles crack off through the hazy dawn.  You want

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What You Need to Hunt Turkey's this Spring

All across the country hunters are able to get out and enjoy the springtime weather, chasing turkeys, thanks to the tremendous conservation efforts of the Nation Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and other similar organizations. Increasing in popularity it to use archery equipment to make these harvests. It adds a whole

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5 "Must Have's for Successful Shed Hunting

These 5 items are things that you should ALWAYS keep with you when shed hunting: 1.     Weather App: Looking for the glint off a shiney white antler laying on the forest floor might sound easy enough, so why not shed hunt when the sun is out in force?

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Best Places to Shed Hunt

You’ve hung up your hunting gear for the season. The opportunities to peer down the scope and squeeze the trigger, watching a crossbow arrow zip down range toward a healthy whitetail deer have come and gone. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still things you can hunt!  Shed antlers are a

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Looking for Terrain Features while Scouting

Terrain can be a hunter’s best friend or worst nightmare. It all depends on how you use it to your advantage and that comes largely from knowing what you’re working with. You could have the best hunting clothing on the market and use the best hunting crossbow as a weapon,

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February Scouting: 5 Signs to Look For

This time of year, your crossbow really isn’t going to do you much good. Most hunting seasons have come and gone, and the wait for next year anxiously begins. But rather than sitting on your couch at home watching TV personalities put their hunting crossbows to work, scanning through social

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TenPoint Introduces Lightweight Carbon Phantom RCX™

Mogadore, OH. Industry leader TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ introduced its NEW Carbon Phantom RCX model at the January 2017 ATA Trade Show.  One of TenPoint’s three new crossbows for 2017, the Carbon Phantom RCX generates maximum efficiency in combining a newly engineered reverse cam bow assembly with a newly engineered stock

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TenPoint Introduces Highly Efficient, Ultra-Light Eclipse RCX

Mogadore, OH. TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ introduced its NEW Eclipse RCX crossbow model at the January 2017 ATA Trade Show.  Featuring an innovative reverse cam bow assembly and a time-tested stock and barrel configuration, it is the high-tech manufacturer’s latest response to a growing consumer preference for lighter, faster, more compact

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TenPoint Launches NEW Entry-Level Renegade™ Featuring Premium

Mogadore, OH. Industry leader, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ unveiled its new Renegade at the January 2017 ATA Trade Show.  Featuring a new stock and a time-tested bow assembly, the Renegade provides consumers premium quality, performance, and safety at an entry-level price-point.    “The Renegade is perhaps the best entry-level TenPoint we

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Wicked Ridge Introduces TenPoint® ACUdraw™ on Best-Selling Invader G3™ Model and as Add-On Accessory

Mogadore, OH.  Wicked Ridge Crossbows, known for producing top value, precision performance crossbows, announced at the 2017 ATA Show that the TenPoint® ACUdraw cocking mechanism is now available on the best-selling Invader G3 model. A gear-assisted cocking mechanism, the patented ACUdraw is the most user-friendly and practical solution available on

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TenPoint Introduces Improved Biodegradable Omni-CUB™ (Crossbow Unloading Bolt)

Mogadore, OH.  Years after introducing the industry’s revolutionary Crossbow Unloading Bolt (CUB™), TenPoint Crossbow Technologies has released a substantially improved version called the Omni-CUB™. Featuring the company’s patented Omni-Nock™ technology that uses six micro grooves to prevent flat-nock “shoot-over” or “shoot-under” that can happen with the acute string angles common

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The Truth About the Rut

We’ve talked about it before. There are almost as many myths about deer hunting as there are days in the season. One of the most commonly misconceived myths is about the length of the Midwest whitetail rut. November hits and a lot of hunters have been lead to believe that

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Preparing for the ‘Orange Army’

We have nothing against them. Gun hunting is a great way for people without the money, time, or desire to learn the skills of bow hunting to get out and enjoy a good deer hunt. In many states, though, gun season does spell a turn in deer behavior, as the

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Scent Control Best Practices

Spray, powder, deodorant, body wash, laundry detergent… you name it and a scent control company has got it! Scent elimination and scent control didn’t always exist, however; and native peoples still harvested all sorts of game. So what’s the big deal? Is it really worth the hype? For most hunters,

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Effective Crossbow Shooting Range

There is an old myth that crossbows shoot like firearms. In a sense, the mechanics are the same. That does not mean that a crossbow is effective out to 200 yards like some rifles are. Yes, a crossbow shares some functions with the way firearms shoot. There is a safety

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Filming Your Crossbow Hunts with Action Cameras

We hunt for the experiences. We hunt for the memories. We know that these things are invaluable and timeless in our hearts. But what if we could actually ensure their timeless qualities? The art of filming and documenting hunting adventures has been around for the last half-century. In recent years,

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How High Should My Tree Stands Be?

There are a vast array tree stands and other hunting options on the market today (ground blinds, elevated box blinds, etc.). Just as varying are the heights of ladder stands and recommended tree stand height. So the question is, how high does your tree stands actually need to be? This

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Choosing the Right Broad Head

Before the modern age, native peoples would hunt some of the most foreboding creatures roaming the Earth with nothing more than a stick and string and an arrow brandishing a stone arrow head. If they could successfully harvest game with such primitive technology, why has the market blown up with

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Trail Camera Direction: Does it Really Matter?

Blurry, fuzzy, discolored pictures have plagued the trail cam user for quite some time. Often, these unfortunate discoveries have caused hunters to abandon their favorite brand in search of a new one that produces better quality pictures. Is there on brand that has solved this problem? How do you get

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Compensating for Shot Angle

A nice 8 point out at 35 yards. You’re up in your tree stand. It’s a clear shot. Perfectly broadside. You pull the trigger on your crossbow and watch, painfully, as the arrow flies mere inches over the buck’s back. He was at 35 yards. I shot for 35, how

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Patterning Bucks Can Lead to Early Season Hunting Success

You take a drive down some back roads near your hunting property. It’s 7:30 in the evening. The sun is setting, temperature dropping, and all the bean fields seems to start to fill up with deer coming out to feed on the lush green leaves. In about a half-hour or

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Pre-season Crossbow Hunting Check List

Can you feel it? Hunting season is just around the corner! You’ve been shooting your crossbow or compound, practicing up for that moment a deer walks past. Are you actually ready, though? Some things to keep in mind when you can’t get hunting whitetails out of your head: 1-    Do

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Choosing a Camouflage Pattern

Hunting season is drawing near. You’ve been drawing up plans on how to hunt your property(s). And hundreds of companies have been drawing up new ideas to try to sell you as camo patterns! How do you choose the right one? Is there even a right one? The answer is

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Budget-Minded Food Plots

When it comes to the average hunter, the phrase ‘money is no object’ is often completely inaccurate. Yet we are constantly told by hunting media that we should buy heavy equipment and plant large scale food plots on vast amounts of property if we want to grow and have opportunities

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Target Practice to Trophy Taking

Target shooting has become an increasingly popular sport over the last decade. While it is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and your archery equipment during the off-season, it is also a perfect way to prepare you for those pressure-filled hunting scenarios. For starters, target shooting allows you to

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Archers, are you bored?

Spring turkey season is over, deer season seems far off in the distance, and you can only have so much fun shooting at targets. As an archer, crossbow and long bow alike, what do you do to occupy the time? How do you keep your senses sharp and your skills

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All Budget-Minded Crossbows are NOT Created Equal

As the crossbow market has grown over the past decade, so too have the amount of options consumers have when purchasing an entry-level crossbow. Crossbows these days may start as low as $199 and may look enticing to the consumer who is on a tight budget or just getting into

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Benefits of the Reverse Draw Crossbow

One of the most intriguing trends in the crossbow landscape is the reverse draw design. While yes this technolgoy and design is radical looking and different, there are plenty of real benefits for the hunter. North American Whitetail’s Partick Hogan got a chance to test out and hunt with the mew

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Offseason Deer Preparation

We all love the thrill of the hunt:  witnessing the first sunrise at the start of a new season; experiencing the changes in the woods as the seasons transition; and feeling the briskness of the fall air as the rut begins.   Despite the start of the season being months away,

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Crossbow Cocking Mechanisms: ACUdraw 50 vs. Traditional Rope-Cocker

At times, a modern crossbow’s draw weight can be nearly impossible to manually cock. Rope-cocking devices are available and reduce the draw weight by half, but most hunters find themselves losing it or throwing it around their neck. While many crossbow shooters still use the conventional but cumbersome rope-cocker to load their

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Turkey Hunting in the Wind

Wind is a challenge when hunting turkeys – there’s no way around it. Sure you could stay in that day and hope for better opportunities, but if your days in the field are limited, you better have a plan for dealing with the wind. Like many hunting scenarios, there are

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Consider More Than Speed When Buying a Crossbow

It seems like in today’s adrenaline-hyped crossbow market, a great deal of emphasis is being placed on the speed of crossbows.  Manufacturers are now using speed as the primary marketing tool to convince you to buy their crossbows because they shoot “faster” than others offered in the same price range. 

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Six P's of Spring Turkey Hunting

The early signs of spring are finally starting to appear in most locations around the country. For many hunters, the onset of spring means that turkey hunting season is just around the corner. For those of you who will soon be in the woods in search of a “long beard,”

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Bring in a Gobbler This Spring

Soon, the early signs of spring will start to appear in most locations around the country. For many hunters, the onset of spring means that turkey hunting season is just around the corner. For those of you who will soon be in the woods in search of a “long beard,”

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2016 Early Bird Tune-Up Specials

Is it time to replace your string and cables?  Is there a part on your crossbow that needs to be fixed but you haven’t had the time to make the arrangements?  Would you like to have an overall inspection and tune-up of your crossbow to keep it performing at the

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Deer Season is Over. Now What?

For most of us hunters, deer season is OUR season. After months of preseason scouting and trail camera efforts in August, September, and October, November rolls around and we are consumed by deer. For a few short months, every minute of every day we spend either hunting or thinking about

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Crossbow Hunting on the Rise

As support for crossbow hunting continues to grow across the United States, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies has been busy creating models hunters are clamoring for like the new Carbon Nitro RDX and Turbo GT crossbows. Hunters in Missouri, Minnesota and Vermont are expecting to see changes this year opening traditional archery

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TenPoint Introduces First Carbon Reverse Draw Crossbow

Mogadore, OH. TenPoint Crossbow Technologies’ New 2016 Carbon Nitro RDX™ is the high-tech manufacturer’s response to the growing number of hunters attracted to reverse draw crossbow technology. Unveiled at the 2016 ATA Trade Show in Louisville, KY, its construction features TenPoint’s industry leading ultra-light, wrapped carbon fiber barrel mated with

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TenPoint Releases New Lightweight, Compact Turbo GT™ Crossbow Package

Mogadore, OH.  Industry leader, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies, introduced its NEW Turbo GT model at the January 2016 ATA Trade Show.  One of TenPoint’s four new crossbows for 2016, the Turbo GT pairs a new stock and barrel design with the company’s time-tested technology to add improved performance and maneuverability to

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TenPoint Introduces Lighted Omni-Brite 2.0™ Nock System

Mogadore, OH.  Two years after introducing its revolutionary, Omni-Brite™ lighted nock system for crossbow arrows, industry leader, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies, has introduced a substantially improved version called the Omni-Brite 2.0. The new three-piece Omni-Brite 2.0 Lighted Nock System consists of a redesigned Nock Receiver with built-in locking clips, an impact

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