Guide to Black Bear Hunting in Maryland

Crossbow Safety Tips

  • Maximum effective range is 40 yards.
  • Know exactly where the arrow will hit before you pull the trigger (practice, practice, practice).
  • Never walk or climb a tree with a crossbow cocked and loaded with an arrow.
  • Always use manufacturer recommended arrow weights.
  • Practice with the same type broadhead you plan to hunt with.
  • Keep your fingers and thumb down on the crossbow forearm out of the path of travel for the string and cables.
  • Always identify your target and background before you shoot.
  • Never shoot if there is a doubt about the shot.
  • Never shoot if the animal is alert and excited.
  • Carry a field point tipped arrow in your quiver to uncock the crossbow at the end of the hunt by shooting this arrow into soft ground.