Crossbow sales have taken a steep climb after the announcements by the Missouri Department of Conservation that crossbows would be legal for anyone old enough to hold a hunting license during the 2016 Missouri deer seasons.
However, many crossbow users are running into difficulties. Apparently, all crossbow retail outlets are not created equal.
Danny Sanazaro, of 66 Outpost Archery Shop in Fanning, Mo., believes people need to take several things into consideration before buying a crossbow.
“Crossbows can be a big investment,” he said. “A lot of hunters are excited about the possibility of being able to hunt with a crossbow in 2016 and they are in the market to buy one. For many hunters, this will be their first time to own a crossbow.”
The excitement of being able to participate in a new hunting method can often lead to quick, spur of the moment purchases, without considering all the facts
“One of the biggest mistakes I see people making in crossbow purchases,” Sanazaro said, “is not buying from a reputable dealer.”
Hunting and shooting with crossbows has grown considerably in the last three decades. Battles raged as hunting enthusiasts of different disciplines argued pros and cons.