Hunting Tips

New 2018 Crossbows: Get Ready to Pay

Crossbows have been available for years. With more and more states allowing the use of these tools during hunting seasons, they are becoming very in-demand by many hunters. It was just a short time ago where many states didn’t allow crossbows to be used or had a very short crossbow season. This is changing, every year more states are allowing them to be used throughout bow season. If you currently use a compound bow, or think a crossbow is more like a firearm, I suggest reading up on the differences. If your not sure of your local laws on using a crossbow, I recommend checking out our post called Crossbow vs Compound Bow. We list every state’s law as of 2/26/2018.

Today, we are going to take a look at some noteworthy additions of the newest crossbows of 2018.  As you might imagine, you can expect to drop some large bills on the newest crossbows with not many budget friendly options.

Parker Crossbows

Parker Crossbows Concorde

The 2018 Parker Concorde is one of the more top of the line crossbows. It is created for the hunter not worried about dropping some real cash on quality. Expecting to pay around $1,100, you get the mackdaddy of crossbows.

With that money, you get many perks with the Concorde. Having a C02 powered cocking system, it would make a great options for someone who doesn’t have the strength to draw and cock/uncock a powerful crossbow.

With over 300 fps (feet per second) bolt speed, your game will feel that hit. Makes for longer/stronger shots.

The Parker Concorde come with:

  • The crossbow of course
  • Nine once CO2 bottle (empty) which is good for 50 cock/uncocks when full
  • Premium scope: Red Hot
  • quick-detach quiver
  • 4 bolts (with field/practice points)

Parker Thunder Hawk IR PS

Another new option from Parker is the 2018 Thunder Hawk. You can expect to pay less than the Concorde but not budget friendly by no means, you can expect to pay around $850 for this bundle.

Just because it is cheaper doesn’t mean it is lacking in quality, just options. You will be lacking the CO2 cocking action on the Thunder Hawk but you also save $300! This crossbow makes it up with power, firing bolts off at a rate of 325 fps. It also featured the G2 Bull-Pup trigger for a very consistent pull every time.

The Parker Hawk IR PS bundle comes with:

  • crossbow
  • Red Hot Illuminated optic
  • Quick-detach quiver
  • Hog velocity bolts by Red Hot
  • Red Hot Roller Rope
  • Red Hot CrosssPro 100 Broadheads
  • Sling
  • Hot wax and lube kit
  • Crossbow case

2018 Parker Ambusher IR

The next 2018 Crossbow released from Parker is called the Ambusher. Don’t let the name fool you, the Ambusher IR has a bolt seed of 325 fts, a draw weight of 135-160 and is well balanced for easy shooting. You will find the  Ambusher IR as one of the better deals from Parker crossbows. However, it is lacking some “toys” as the more highly priced above.

The Parker Ambusher comes with:

  •  Crossbow
  • Red Dot Illuminated MR Scope
  • Quiver
  • 4 bolts with field tips

Reference: Parker Crossbows

2018 PSE Crossbows

Being one of the oldest names in the bow industry, PSE has one 2018 crossbow release worth mentioning which happends to be budget friendly.

PSE Insight

The PSE Insight is a budget friendly crossbow geared towards newbies wanting to start shooting a crossbow but doesn’t want to drop a crap load of money. I need to mention that this crossbow is not a choice for hunter, but to shot at targets. It would be a good purchase for kids wanting to shoot but will not be hunting.

Shooters will be throwing bolts off the PSE Insight crossbow at 160 fps, you can see why this is not made for hunting. Designed for young beginners, the PSE Insight only weighs about 4.5 pounds. Set up in a way to teach young shooters their way around a crossbow and how to handle them safely.

The PSE Insight comes with:

  • Bow
  • Cocking rope
  • Wax
  • Four bolts
  • Quiver

Reference: PSE


If you have not been using crossbows, you may not know the name TenPoint but they make some quality stuff.

TenPoint Renegade

The TenPoint Renegade has a supersonic arrow speed of 355 feet per second. Made with weight in mind, it weighs in at 7 pounds. Good for younger hunters along with veterans to the hobby. Costing around half of the Concorde, it makes for a semi-budget friendly kit.

The TenPoint Renegade comes with:

  • Bow
  • Pro-view 2 Scope
  • Three Carbon bolts
  • Quiver

Reference: TenPoint

My Thoughts

Above are some of the most popular new bows for 2018. To check out the list and compare released bows, check out comparison of crossbows.

As you already know, someone can spend some big money on 2018 crossbows. 2018 releases are geared more towards the higher end equipment and there is not much out there for someone looking for a budget friendly packages. If you are looking for something to start out with and will not drain your wallet, I suggest checking out some 2016-2017 models. If you are looking for the latest technology to give you that edge, 2018 offers some pretty big upgrades.

Why Ground Blinds May Be An Option

There are still options if you don’t have a perfect tree stand. If your geographical area doesn’t have the right sort of woodlands or if there are barren woods there are still other options. Have you considered Ground Blinds?

I’ve hunted using ambush hunting blinds in the past few years and that’s when they began to have some great options. From camo to rugged and roomy they offer a variety of great options for ground blinds. Until I tried that, it was spot or stalk and quickly set up a blind from what natural surroundings I could find. While I prefer this for Wild Turkey, Deer pros and others are concerned about blinds when deer hunting.

Setting up ground blinds is quick thanks to the hub type framing. While portability isn’t great when you’re carrying a lot of gear, it’s not impossible to do so in one easy trip. Just learn how to pack things easily and properly and you should be able to carry everything that you require in one easy trip. Plan ahead and use lots of pockets and a roomy pack and you’re sure to be successful.

1. Select Your Site

Just as with tree stands, you’re going to have to take into considerations the area in which you plan to set up your blind. Hopefully, you’ve already scouted the area out and know where the deer like to travel. Next, you’ll want to find some natural areas in which to conceal yourself. This is where I like to “tuck” my blind into.

I like to make sure that there isn’t any skylining. While it is often seen, I prefer it without. I like to improve the opportunity for success vs marginally successful. Also, make sure to take into account where the sun will be when you’re in the blind. In the morning, you won’t want to be facing due east or you’ll have too much glare in the rifle scope. Poor light levels can greatly affect how you see things and find your prey.

2. Will you be rifle hunting or bow hunting?

You’ll want to take this into account as there are different shooting distances for each style. You’ll need to be much closer and have a better concealment plan if you’re bow hunting. At present, I have two setups. One is for a rifle shot and the other is for a 45-yard bow shot. I’ve had a deer in front of me from 15 to 45 yards and still been stealthful.

3. Blind Preparation

As velcro and zippers have been introduced into hunting attire and equipment, it’s important to keep in mind that early in the morning, when all is silent and still, these can sound very loud. Sound travels well in the early morning air. So, it’s important to have everything already configured before you arrive so that you won’t have to mess with opening windows or mesh and making a loud sound that will frighten off the game. In the later afternoon, you can quickly set things as you want them for the morning. Also, make sure that you set up the tripod in the window in which you’re going to use it. Be sure that your heater, chair, shooting stick and all are already where they need to be so that you can start fresh. Don’t leave weapons or anything in sight if you’re not in a secure location. Private lands are usually safer for this plan than are those in public lands.

If you plan to film the hunt, make sure that the tripod is all set and in the proper configuration. That way, you won’t have to make so much noise.

Remember, zippers and velcro are loud. Use plain chapstick on zippers to help lubricate them and silence them if yours is loud.

4. In The Blind

Once you’ve arrived in the blind in the morning, there will be minimal to do. Place your pack down and set it up so you can easily get to pockets that you’ve already silently opened velcro openings to. Hang the bow and lean the rifle and settle in quietly. Put your range finder around your neck and make sure you have the binoculars.

5. Eating And Drinking In The Blind

Prepare ahead by opening noisy wrappers and placing these particular snacks into quiet zippered plastic bags. Use slide closures not press and seal kinds as those are louder. This way you’ll alleviate extra noise. No strong scents and remember that sliders open easy with gloved hands. Don’t get crumbs on special equipment like eyecups as this will be difficult to remove. Remember that crumbs in your eyes can hurt and you may lose or miss your shot.

Don’t bring regular bottled water as these can also be noisy. Find quieter bottles and use a bag style water bottle with tubing in your pack. Break seals prior to entering the blind as well.

6. Blind Accessories

Some like a swivel chair that offers arm support, others prefer something else. Find what you like but if you’re using a swivel chair ensure that it’s oiled and not noisy. Armrests are ideal for hanging accessories from just make sure that you can reach them. Keep your cell phone on silent and remember to cover scents and don’t make any unnecessary movements. Bring along what you absolutely can’t live without but remember that this is for hunting purposes so you won’t have all the creature comforts of home. Be content and comfortable but don’t overdo it, you’ll make more noise than you need to and this will give away your position.

7. Leaving Your Blind

Hopefully, the only reason you leave your blind is that you have that big “10” down. Now you can claim it! If you’ve been skunked and must exit quickly, wait until you can’t see any deer and quietly back out. Gather up what you must take with you quietly and slowly move it all out. Don’t take anything that you can’t carry easily and make sure that if you’re returning (providing your blind is on private land) that you leave what you can leave so that you can get in and out easier and quieter. Remember that different blind doors work differently. I like a “V” door as it’s easy and I can unzip only what is required.

Regardless, critters won’t be hiding in wait for me when I arrive in the morning and my stuff is still secure. Of course, always peer into the blind with a red or green light prior to entering just to ensure that there aren’t any unexpected guests awaiting your arrival, you wouldn’t want to startle them and have an uproar that would scare you as well as your game away. Make sure to leave things hanging and not lying on the ground where something may crawl under them seeking a warm spot to sleep or you may be in for a huge surprise mid-morning when they decide to get up and have their meal. This could startle both of you and make a lot of noise giving away your position. Be vigilant before entering and check things out after you’ve entered your blind to ensure that there aren’t any creatures lurking about seeking solace from the weather or elements.