Crossbows have become more ergonomically appealing in recent years. We now have narrower limb widths, soft-touch forearms, adjustable butt-stocks and a host of other comforts that were not available just a few years ago. Unfortunately, crossbows are still heavy and cumbersome to carry in the field. Most weigh between six and 10 pounds, depending upon their accessory package. The good thing is that several companies are beginning to creatively address this problem.
Another popular option for achieving hands-free transport is a crossbow hunting pack, and there are many on the market today. These packs contain two shoulder straps, such as you would find on any standard backpack, and most contain multiple storage options with zippered pockets. Although many of them have some form of quick release for getting the crossbow off of your back in a timely manner, snap shooting probably isn’t going to happen.In this instance you’re sacrificing shooting readiness for comfort. Although crossbow hunting packs are the most expensive type of carry method, they do eliminate the need for purchasing additional equipment such as a bow hoist, fanny pack or crossbow sling, which helps to offset their cost.
The best advice I can give is to spend some time in the off season carrying your crossbow in and around various terrain. Try different carrying methods and find out which one is the most comfortable for you. When the season does arrive, you’ll be fully prepared to carry your crossbow into the field in a way that works for you and your unique hunting style.
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Todd Bromley is a crossbow enthusiast and the founder of Crossbow Magazine.
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