If you're making the transition to hunting with a crossbow, you want to be sure that your bow is as well-fitted as possible. One of the things that many new crossbow hunters overlook is the sound of the bow. No matter how finely-tuned your bow is, if it makes too much noise, you're going to be at a disadvantage in the woods. Here are a few tips that you can use to help keep your crossbow as quiet as possible.
One of the first things you'll want to do is invest in something that will help absorb the noise from the string. Since the string itself will cause noise when it moves through the air, things like fleece, rubber, or whiskers can be weaved into the string to help absorb that noise. This reduces the whistle and the snapping noise often heard from the bow's string. You may want to test out a few different materials before finally choosing the right one for your equipment.
Limb dampeners are another great way to help minimize the noise from your bow. They help to absorb additional energy that's released into the bow itself. Another great benefit of investing in these is that they'll help to extend the usable life of your bow's limbs. When you use them in conjunction with a silencer on the string, you'll notice a significant difference in the noise.
The final step to minimizing your bow noise is to choose the right arrows. Remember that the spine and weight of the arrow will significantly affect how much noise you get from the bow. You'll need to experiment to find the right grain ratio for your bow, but don't do it till you have added the other accessories. That way, you're getting true arrow noise.
Remember that the greater the mass of the arrow, the more energy it will absorb from the bow. This minimizes the energy left for the rest of your noise-dampening accessories, keeping things quieter. You should also experiment with a few different spines to find the one that works right for you.
Before you head out into the woods with your bow the first time, give yourself the best possible advantages. Quieting the bow as much as possible will help you to increase the chances of hitting your target without spooking it, and it may even make it more likely that you get a second shot in some situations. Talk with your local archery shop about these accessories for your crossbow today.