To really appreciate this hunter’s successful morning, take a look back at how he got there, in his own words.
by the HuntDaily Staff; promoted by TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
Crossbow opener today, and I carved notch #1 into the stock of my TenPoint Stealth NXT. A big doe. She was quartered away at 37 yards, and had this sort of cowlick in her chest hair right where I wanted my broadhead to go. I put the crosshairs on it and squeezed. The crisp trigger, combined with how rock-solid the crossbow is through the shot, let me stay focused through the scope as I watched the arrow hit my mark. The Omni-Bright lighted nock melted right through her. It’s so fast and quiet, so no more string-jumping deer for this guy. She mule-kicked, went about 15 yards and tipped over. Backstraps tonight! Good QDM. And total confidence in my crossbow. Was hunting from my smallest ground blind, and having just a 6-inch width and that nice bullpup balance was a perfect combo. The buck tag’s up next!
To really appreciate that hunter’s successful morning, take a look back at how he got there, in his own words:
Today was my birthday, and I got a gift I never saw coming. All the people who are special to me pitched in on it together. Man, I love them! They gave me a simple card, without any schmaltzy artwork or gimmicks. Just two handwritten words: NEW CROSSBOW – along with a Visa Gift Card to cover the purchase. They knew I have been daydreaming about getting one. And now it’s happening 🙂
Hit a couple shops with indoor ranges and test-fired a half dozen different models. Holy-moly have they come a long way since I got my first crossbow, and the one I’ve been shooting ever since. It’s a recurve-style, and these modern compounds make it feel like a 1972 Ford Pinto compared to a 2018 Ferrari. I’ve got a tough choice to make.
Got the latest issue of Outdoor Life the other day, which included a piece on the best new crossbows for 2018. The Editor’s Choice went to the TenPoint Stealth NXT, saying it “Finished at or near the top in our three double-weighted categories: handling and balance, speed and power, and accuracy. The Stealth is just 6 inches wide when cocked and weighs 7.3 pounds. It shoulders and handles nicely. Moreover, we averaged 1.06-inch groups at 30 yards. Gonna go shoot one tomorrow. Can’t wait!
Shot it. Sold.
Had a blast shooting today. The pro shop had me out the door dead-on at 20 yards, so I did some fine tuning for shots out to 60. Throwing darts. 1” groups – so I’m shooting at different dots with each shot to prevent Robin Hoods and broken arrows. Love how quiet it is. Three times quieter than the comp they say, and I believe it. Not a hint of recoil. Hard to believe it’s cranking out 380+ FPS when the shot is that smooth.
Think I need a different target. The 143 FP kinetic energy is pushing my EVO-X CenterPunch arrows in so deep they’re hard to pull out. Never thought I’d have to go test drive a new target.
Scored some new broadheads along with practice points that have the same weight and shape. They fly perfect. No need for any scope adjustments. I am so ready.
Set up my ground blind on a wooded finger that juts out into an alfalfa field. Brushed it in nice and cut a few shooting lanes. They’ll never know I’m there.
Tomorrow’s wind is gonna be perfect. Truck all loaded.
It’s almost midnight.