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Old 10-05-2020, 11:19 AM
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Looking to get a crossbow for my 11 year old son to hunt with. I’ve looked around online for youth models, but the choices seem to be limited.
The only requirements are 125 pound minimum draw weight, 24” overall length, and shoot a 14” minimum length bolt. (Those are state requirements)
I would like to keep the cost at or under $300, just to use it for a few years once he’s big enough to comfortably draw a compound bow.
Oh yeah, I would prefer a crank method to cock the bow, instead of having to shoot the darn thing to decock it.
Old 10-05-2020, 01:10 PM
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I have the wicked ridge youth setup. It checks l your boxes except the crank and price is a little more.

I think you are going to struggle to find everything for the price point you have described.

We have owned, Parker, Barnett, wicked ridge, and one other i forget. The w.r. is by far the best one so far.

On the upside, the youth models tend to hold their value better than the full size bows.
Old 10-05-2020, 01:13 PM
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Two of my grands (12 year old girl and 14 year old boy) use their dad’s crossbow. Each has already taken a deer this past week. My 11 year old grandson killed a doe this weekend with his dad’s crossbow. I suggest you get a good quality adult crossbow that he can use for many years. The 12 and 14 year olds both have compound bows, and have been shooting them regularly, but the crossbow is more accurate and they feel more confident with. It.
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Agree, I think my son was maybe 8 when he started hunting with my crossbow. I didn't want him using it without my supervision so not being able to load it was another bonus
Old 10-05-2020, 07:52 PM
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Im aware my want list is pretty tall, at least with throwing in the want for a crank mechanism, for the given price. I’ve considered buying a crossbow within the $300 price, and letting him shoot it, I’m just not familiar enough with them to know if the length of pull (from butt stock to trigger, like on a long gun), would be uncomfortable for him to shoot, or if that’s not really a factor on crossbows.
I don’t want to spend to much on one, because I have no interest in hunting with one, it’ll be used only by him for the next few years until he is big enough to reach a 28” draw length, which is our state minimum requirement.
And he will not under any circumstance not be under my supervision 100% of the time when shooting it, whether it’s target shooting or hunting.

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