Hunting with Crossbows, Jan. 11
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As of broadcast time Nebraska and Florida will be allowing their residents to use crossbows during the 2011 deer archery season and a number of other states appear poised to pass similar legislation, according to Bill Troubridge who is Hovey’s guest on this weeks’ Hovey’s Outdoor Adventures. He and his wife Kath are President and Vice President of Excalibur Crossbows, a Canadian company that makes modern recurve crossbows for hunting, target and marine mammal research, such as tagging whales.
Bill and Kath are serious hunters who have taken a large variety of game and both discuss their hunts including an exciting description of Bill’s hunt for a trophy bull elephant in Zimbabwe two years ago with Kath describing some of her hunts in North America and Africa. Kath also introduces the cooking section with her recipe for a schnitzel (scallopini) and other easy to cook wild game meals.
Other topics on the show include crossbow use for youngsters, ladies, senior citizens and the disabled; use of cocking aids, the importance of having a rangefinder for accurate range estimation and the fun and challenge of hunting for close-range deer and other game with a crossbow. Details are also given for some of Excalibur’s new models including one that is value-priced for today’s buyers, another with camo-pink design for the ladies and high-performance models with arrow speeds of 330 fps. from a 225-pound pull crossbow.
In contrasts to the Troubridges’ adventures in sometimes far-off lands, Hovey discusses hunting close to home with some of the lowest-cost crossbows that are available. He has used these to take deer as well as alligators in his native Georgia. This show illustrates the practicalities and capabilities of modern crossbows and also tells how you can get a replica, as close as can be managed at reaonable costs, of crossbows used in the 1400s.