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#3346115 - 09/03/13 07:03 PM Cocked or Un-cocked?
Jroberts238
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That is the question.

Do you guys sit in the stand with your crossbow pre-cocked in the stand or do you try to cock it when you see an animal?

Had a buddy tell me it was a bad idea to leave the bow cocked for a period of time.
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#3346364 - 09/03/13 09:21 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: Jroberts238]
soshock1
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I cock it when I get to the tree. I have a Strykezone 380 and have left it cocked for 6 hours on stand with no problems.
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#3346366 - 09/03/13 09:26 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: soshock1]
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I cock mine when I leave the truck....never know when I'll need it ready to shoot...
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#3346410 - 09/03/13 10:04 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: gatodoc]
DeerKiller2012
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My manual days you can leave it cocked all day if you want that it doesn't hurt the bow, only thin it says not to do is leave it in a hot car or transport it in vehicle cocked
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#3346589 - 09/04/13 06:54 AM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: gatodoc]
bigtex
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 Originally Posted By: gatodoc
I cock mine when I leave the truck....never know when I'll need it ready to shoot...

X2!! Waiting to cock it until a deer shows up is asking for trouble. I sure wouldn't wait to load a rifle before a deer shows up. There's no way I could get away with it without spooking every deer is sight.
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#3346681 - 09/04/13 08:12 AM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: gatodoc]
cecil30-30
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 Originally Posted By: gatodoc
I cock mine when I leave the truck....never know when I'll need it ready to shoot...
Same here
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#3346799 - 09/04/13 10:07 AM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: cecil30-30]
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What gatodoc said.
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#3346934 - 09/04/13 12:07 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: RUGER]
Coldone
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I cock it as soon as I head into the woods and uncock it when I get back to the vehicle.

I hunt from the ground (no trying to cock it in a tree stand) and my crossbow is an excalibur (manual states it's ok to leave cocked all day).

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#3349091 - 09/06/13 07:43 AM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: Coldone]
Mag
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If it's a morning hunt I wait till I'm in my stand then cock it there. Evening hunt I have it ready on my way in.
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#3353011 - 09/09/13 03:25 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: gatodoc]
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 Originally Posted By: gatodoc
I cock mine when I leave the truck....never know when I'll need it ready to shoot...


Yep. And how did I learn this?
Got all the way to my stand one morning and realized I had left my rope in the truck.
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#3353684 - 09/10/13 07:41 AM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
smokepolehall
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I cock mine at botton of stand in the dark mornin, i either shoot it at a deer or i uncock it when done fer the day. I am still able to hand cock my Excals so if'en i happen to ferget it no problem
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#3353895 - 09/10/13 10:48 AM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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You'll kick yourself in the wazoo if you stumble upon a real shooter on the way to your stand. I did several years ago and since have never left the truck without cocking my crossbow.
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#3354104 - 09/10/13 02:42 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: CR500AFX]
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I leave my cocking rope attached to the bow in the cocking position. That way, there is no way to leave it behind. I see no need to carry it cocked through the dark woods on the way to the stand. But, I will cock it at the base of the tree or as soon as I settle into my stand. I have learned how to cock it in the tree although its not easy. I will uncock it after I return to my truck just in case I see something on the way out. I can't imagine waiting to see a deer before cocking it. The deer would be looking at me in the tree laughing his rump off.
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#3357116 - 09/12/13 04:38 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: fairchaser]
Jroberts238
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Do you guys take anything with you to shoot into to un-cock? or do you just fire into the ground?

I see some of you un-cock by hand. I would almost be afraid to try my Parker.

Before someone says it, I mean if you do not see a deer or at least a shooter, how do you un-cock lol figured someone would say "Into a Deer!"



Edited by Jroberts238 (09/12/13 04:39 PM)
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#3357245 - 09/12/13 06:09 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: Jroberts238]
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I personally bought one of the decocking arrows. It is like a regular arrow but has a rubber tip.
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#3357396 - 09/12/13 08:34 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: Inkstainz]
Jroberts238
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 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
I personally bought one of the decocking arrows. It is like a regular arrow but has a rubber tip.


Never seen one of those. Guessing you just shoot it into the ground?
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#3358799 - 09/14/13 05:28 AM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: Jroberts238]
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 Originally Posted By: Jroberts238
 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
I personally bought one of the decocking arrows. It is like a regular arrow but has a rubber tip.


Never seen one of those. Guessing you just shoot it into the ground?


Ya you can get them online for like 10 bucks.

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#3359286 - 09/14/13 04:30 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: Inkstainz]
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I use an old arrow with a field tip on it and fire into the ground once finished my hunt.
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#3359474 - 09/14/13 07:10 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: Mag]
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Typically, I shoot at my target when I get home. This way it gets an accuracy check after every every hunt. I suppose if I was not coming home or was far from home, I would take my target with me or shoot a tree with a field tip. I always seemed to hit a rock shooting into the ground and break my bolt.
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#3359559 - 09/14/13 08:26 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: gatodoc]
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 Originally Posted By: gatodoc
I cock mine when I leave the truck....never know when I'll need it ready to shoot...


ditto
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#3359561 - 09/14/13 08:26 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: Deer Assassin]
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i keep field point in truck to shoot in ground when im done
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#3359630 - 09/14/13 09:28 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: CR500AFX]
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 Originally Posted By: CR500AFX
Typically, I shoot at my target when I get home. This way it gets an accuracy check after every every hunt. I suppose if I was not coming home or was far from home, I would take my target with me or shoot a tree with a field tip. I always seemed to hit a rock shooting into the ground and break my bolt.

Don't shoot a tree, you may never get the arrow out.

Buy a de-cocking arrow or make one. A bunch of duct tape wrapped around a field point should do it.


Edited by catsbackr (09/14/13 09:29 PM)

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#3359763 - 09/15/13 12:40 AM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: catsbackr]
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I carry a small bag target to shoot into. I think it came from Dunhams.
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#3359901 - 09/15/13 08:19 AM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: Tennessee Lead]
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cock mine when i get to the tree. dont like the idea of carrying it over my shoulder with it cocked back. it'd beat the piss out of ya if the string broke.
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#3361923 - 09/16/13 08:27 PM Re: Cocked or Un-cocked? [Re: rem270]
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last time I shot mine into the ground, then nock was almost an inch underground.... It is still in Morgan County
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