Using Common Sense When Off the Ground

Have you ever wondered why some people jump out of perfectly good air planes, or why others drive dragsters over 200 miles an hour and not worry?  The answer is simple: they have on safety equipment that protects them when something goes wrong. 

There are guys who will spend well over two thousand dollars for a bow, a set of arrows, countless accessories, a tree stand and scent proof clothing, but yet are too cheap to buy a quality safety harness.  I just do not understand this thought process.  For many, this line of thinking results in severe injury or death.  

Every year, we read in the papers or in magazines about guys and gals who fall out of tree stands and are severely hurt or die, and for what?  Because they are too cheap or too lazy to wear a full body safety arrest system.  For me, the best $200.00 I could spend on hunting equipment is on a harness and a life line climbing line.  One of the best companies out there is Hunter Safety System.  All they do is make harnesses and harness accessories.  This company is dedicated to bringing you back home at the end of the hunt.  It is so simple: buckle the harness on, (which takes ten seconds) and then clip the harness in the safety carabineer before you step on the ladder to climb up the tree.  It is just that simple.  Now I have no worries.  If I slip off the ladder, not a problem, I will hang comfortably in the air until I can reach the ladder and regain my balance, or wait until one of hunting party comes along to help me down.  

There are just too many things that can go wrong when you are 20 feet in the air.  One of the most common ways in which people fall out of tree stands is that they simply fall asleep.  The early hours of the hunt, the cool breeze, the gentle rocking of the tree, put many hunters right to sleep. Many do not ever wake up again, and those that do often wake up in intensive care and suffer from severe paralysis the rest of their lives. The second most common area where hunters fall is while they are climbing up and down their ladders or climbing sticks.  Others fall out of their tree stand as they are preparing to shoot. They lose their balance or step where there is nothing but air.  

These are senseless injuries that could all have been prevented by simply wearing a full body fall arrest system.  Would you get in your car and not wear a seat belt? If so, you are gambling with your life. 

If you are going to hunt by yourself, let someone know where you are going, and when they should expect you back. Also, before you ever head into the woods, remember you have to purchase more than a bow and a license.  There are pieces of safety equipment out there specifically designed to get you into the woods and back again safely.  Please considerer all the cost associated with hunting, not just the cost of basic equipment.  

With all of today’s modern techno gadgets for hunters, there are simply no excuses for dying in the field.  Years ago we would hear tales of hunters who would die in the mountains because they would get lost and become so disoriented that they could not find their way out of the forest.  

Now, thanks to hand-held global positioning systems (many that cost less than a set of good arrows), there are fewer and fewer of these types of stories being told in deer camp.  Online, you can find free mapping programs that can give you a complete lay of the land before you ever leave your house.  There is even a spot beacon locator that allows you to communicate to friends and family that you are ok.  Heck, if you want to, you can even purchase a personal EPIRB to take with you into the woods.  There is just no excuse for getting lost.  


As a point of emphasis, I am including the Tree Stand Safety Guidelines from the Tree Stand Manufactures Association, despite some redundancy: 


ALWAYS wear a Fall-Arrest System (FAS)/Full Body Harness meeting TMA Standards even during ascent and descent. Be aware that single strap belts and chest harnesses are no longer allowed Fall-Arrest devices and should not be used. Failure to use a FAS could result in serious injury or death.


ALWAYS read and understand the manufacturer’s WARNINGS & INSTRUCTIONS before using the treestand each season. Practice with the tree stand at ground level prior to using at elevated positions. Maintain the WARNINGS & INSTRUCTIONS for later review as needed, for instructions on usage to anyone borrowing your stand, or to pass on when selling the tree stand. Use all safety devices provided with your tree stand.


NEVER exceed the weight limit specified by the manufacturer. If you have any questions after reviewing the WARNINGS & INSTRUCTIONS, please contact the manufacturer. 


ALWAYS inspect the tree stand and the Fall-Arrest System for signs of wear or damage before each use. Contact the manufacturer for replacement parts. Destroy all products that cannot be repaired by the manufacturer and/or exceed recommended expiration date, or if the manufacturer no longer exists. The FAS should be discarded and replaced after a fall has occurred.


ALWAYS practice in your Full Body Harness in the presence of a responsible adult prior to using it in an elevated hunting environment, learning what it feels like to hang suspended in it at ground level and how to properly use your suspension relief device.


ALWAYS attach your Full Body Harness in the manner and method described by the manufacturer. Failure to do so may result in suspension without the ability to recover into your tree stand. Be aware of the hazards associated with Full Body Harnesses and the fact that prolonged suspension in a harness may be fatal. Have in place a plan for rescue, including the use of cell phones or signal devices that may be easily reached and used while suspended. If rescue personnel cannot be notified, you must have a plan for recover/escape. If you have to hang suspended for a period of time before help arrives, exercise your legs by pushing against the tree or doing any other form of continuous motion or use your suspension relief device. Failure to recover in a timely manner could result in serious injury or death. If you do not have the ability to recover/escape, hunt from the ground.


ALWAYS hunt with a plan, and if possible, with a buddy. Before you leave home, let others know your exact hunting location, when you plan to return and who is with you.


ALWAYS carry emergency signal devices such as a cell phone, walkie-talkie, whistle, signal flare, PLD (personal locator device) and flashlight on your person at all times,and within reach, even while you are suspended in your FAS. Watch for changing weather conditions. In the event of an accident, remain calm and seek help immediately.


ALWAYS select the proper tree for use with your treestand. Select a live straight tree that fits within the size limits recommended in your tree stand’s instructions. Do not climb or place a tree stand against a leaning tree. Never leave a tree stand installed for more than two weeks since damage could result from changing weather conditions and/or from other factors not obvious with a visual inspection.


ALWAYS use a haul line to pull up your gear and unloaded firearm or bow to your tree stand once you have reached your desired hunting height. Never climb with anything in your hands or on your back. Prior to descending, lower your equipment on the opposite side of the tree.


ALWAYS know your physical limitations. Don’t take chances. Do not climb when using drugs, alcohol, or if you’re sick or unrested. If you start thinking about how high you are, don’t go any higher.


NEVER use homemade, or permanently elevated stands,nor make modifications to a purchased tree stand without the manufacturer’s written permission. Only purchase and use tree stands, and Fall-Arrest Systems meeting or exceeding TMA standards. 

NEVER hurry!! While climbing with a tree stand, make slow, even movements of no more than ten to twelve inches at a time. Make sure you have proper contact with the tree and/or tree stand every time you move. On ladder-type tree stands, maintain three points of contact with each step.

Copyright © 2009 by TMA


Shoot Big Bucks, and Save Some Doe

TARPON SPRINGS, FL (August 17, 2017) – Crossbows continue to create new opportunities for hunters. An increasing number of states permit the use of crossbows each year, and firearms hunters are flocking to these accurate and reliable weapons to extend and expand their hunting experiences.

Barnett pioneered the modern hunting crossbow in 1962, and has been innovating better, faster and safer crossbows ever since. Today, Barnett makes the most complete line of quality hunting crossbows in the world, and they do it right here in the USA.

Thanks to Barnett’s significant engineering and manufacturing expertise, hunters don’t have to spend a lot of bucks to hunt bucks with a quality Barnett crossbow. Consider the company’s incredibly value-laden Recruit Series. Available in two distinct sub-models – the Recruit Terrain and the Recruit Tactical – these hardcore compound hunting crossbows offer unprecedented levels of performance and technology for a surprisingly modest MSRP of just $299.99.

Recruit Series compound crossbows begin with proven Barnett design. Featuring ergonomic, easy-handling lightweight composite stocks, magnesium risers, custom composite limbs and an anti-vibration foot stirrup, each Recruit Series crossbow puts performance and safety first. A pass-through foregrip and finger safety reminders keep the hunter’s hands out of harm’s way, while nock sensors and ADF (anti-dry fire) keep a spring-loaded safety bar in place until the arrow is properly seated, protecting the user and the bow from accidental dry fire. A Soft-Lok floating bristle arrow retainer ensures that a loaded arrow remains safely in place until go-time.

And when it is time to ease off the safety, hunters shouldering either Recruit Series bow will appreciate that their trigger is the same one found on Barnett’s most expensive performance models. It’s from TriggerTech, and it’s the finest trigger system found on any factory crossbow. The Frictionless Release Technology™ creates a free-floating roller between the sear and the trigger, instilling confidence and boosting accuracy through an incredibly smooth and light three-pound pull with zero creep.

How much performance can you buy for less than $300? A lot. Weighing in at a feathery 6.4 pounds, Recruit Series crossbows deliver commendable speeds up to 330 feet per second with a modest 140-pound draw weight. They assemble with a single bolt right out of the box, and come equipped with everything needed to take to the field, including quality optics mounted on a versatile 7/8” Picatinny rail, lightweight quiver with two Headhunter arrows, a rope-cocking device and lubrication wax.

Barnett Recruit Terrain

Tackle any game on any terrain with the Recruit Terrain. Featuring a solid desert tan stock, the Recruit Terrain doesn’t have a pattern like other crossbows, because it isn’t for just any hunter; it’s for hunters who forge their own path with an understated confidence and a clear view of their objectives. The Recruit Terrain comes equipped with a 4×32 mm multi-reticle scope for effective targeting in any crossbow-hunting situation.

Barnett Recruit Tactical

Designed for those who approach life with a tactical mindset, the Recruit Tactical appeals to hunters who prefer to fly under the radar while tackling every task with vigilance. Go dark, with Recruit Tactical’s matte black finish, while tasteful red and carbon fiber accents provide subtle clues to your bow’s significant performance. Speaking of red, a premium red dot sight allows users to acquire targets fast before unleashing Recruit Tactical’s compelling accuracy.

Barnett Recruit Series Compound Crossbow Specifications

  • Recruit Terrain (Desert Tan) / Model # 78125 / UPC # 0 42609 78125 6
  • Recruit Tactical (Black) / Model # 78134 / UPC # 0 42609 78134 8
  • Speed: 330 fps (using a 380-grain arrow)
  • Kinetic Energy: 91.9 ft. lbs.
  • Weight: 6.4 lbs.
  • Draw Weight: 140 lbs.
  • Power Stroke: 12.5 in.
  • Dimensions: 34.25”L x 18.25”W
  • Axle to Axle Dimensions: 16.125 in.
  • Made in the USA

Recruit Terrain (Desert Tan) / Model # 78125 / UPC # 0 42609 78125 6

Recruit Tactical (Black) / Model # 78134 / UPC # 0 42609 78134 8

MSRP: $299.99

Barnett Recruit Series Compound Crossbow Features

  • Single Bolt Assembly
  • Lightweight Composite Stock
  • Magnesium Riser
  • Custom Composite Limbs
  • TriggerTech Frictionless Release Technology
  • Anti-Dry Fire (ADF) Trigger System
  • Metal Injection Molded (MIM) Trigger
  • 4 x 32mm Multi-Reticle Scope (Recruit Terrain / Model # 78125)
  • Premium Red Dot Sight (Recruit Tactical / Model # 78134)
  • 7/8” Picatinny Rails
  • Soft-Lok Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer
  • Crank Cocking Device Compatible (Rope Cocking Device Included)
  • Finger Safety Reminders
  • Pass-Through Foregrip
  • Anti-Vibration Foot Stirrup
  • Lightweight Quiver
  • Two 20” Headhunter Arrows
  • Lubrication Wax

Don’t spend a lot of bucks to kill bucks… or any other game for that matter. Barnett’s heritage of manufacturing quality performance crossbows comes clearly into view with its affordable Recruit Series compound crossbows. Terrain or Tactical, these killer crossbows allow any hunter to #GetAfterIt with steadfast confidence… and with plenty of cash left in his or her wallet.



TARPON SPRINGS, FL (June 6, 2017) – For 55 years, hunters have turned to Barnett for the very best in durability, dependability and performance. Why? Because excellence has never been considered optional by the brand that pioneered the modern crossbow.

For 2017, Barnett announces the release of its upgraded Whitetail Hunter Series of compound crossbows – three new high performance models designed and built in the USA to do more and do it better than anything else out there at an affordable, mid-level price. Featuring fast-handling lightweight stocks, custom composite laminated limbs and compact overall dimensions, Barnett’s fast and nimble Whitetail Hunter Pro, Whitetail Hunter II and Lady Whitetail Hunter will equip any hunter for success, no matter what or where they’re hunting.

Barnett Whitetail Hunter Pro

Each of these three new Whitetail Hunter models features Barnett’s all-new TriggerTech trigger system – the smoothest, crispest and safest available on any crossbow. Frictionless Release Technology employs a unique, free-floating roller between the trigger and sear, instilling confidence and boosting accuracy through an incredibly smooth and light three-pound trigger pull with zero creep. Additionally, nock sensors and ADF (anti-dry fire) keep a spring-loaded safety bar in place until the arrow is properly seated, protecting the user and the bow from accidental dry fire.

Other unique performance features shared by the new Whitetail Hunter models include Barnett’s self-adjusting Soft-Lok Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer, anti-vibration foot stirrup, 7/8” Picatinny rail and 4×32 mm multi-reticle scope. Each Whitetail Hunter model comes complete and ready to hunt with Headhunter arrows, quiver and lubrication wax. Best of all, the simple installation of a single bolt is all that’s required to take these high performance hunting tools from the box to the field.

Barnett Whitetail Hunter II

Whether it’s a hunter’s first or fifteenth crossbow, the new Barnett Whitetail Hunter II checks every box. A feathery overall weight of 6.4 pounds, impressive speed of 350 feet per second and a manageable 150-pound draw weight make the Whitetail Hunter II an ideal bow for crossbow hunters of all skill levels and sizes – especially those with smaller frames. Fast and effective target acquisition comes courtesy of an included 4x32mm multi-reticle scope, while a magnesium riser and pass-through foregrip with finger safety reminders make the Whitetail Hunter II a dream to shoulder and easy to steady. Versatile Realtree Xtra® camo contributes to effective concealment on any hunt, regardless of the season or conditions.

Barnett Lady Whitetail Hunter

Sharing the performance-driven architecture, features and specifications of the compact Whitetail Hunter II, Barnett’s new Lady Whitetail Hunter delivers a feminine aesthetic to a hard-hitting hunting bow that’s a perfect fit for a woman’s smaller frame. The unique look comes courtesy of Muddy Girl® Serenity camo, adding just the right amount of distinction to the proven, compact design. Easy to shoulder and fire while harnessing impressive power and speed, the new Lady Whitetail Hunter is an unstoppable deadly force – just like the huntress who carries it.

Barnett Whitetail Hunter II and Lady Whitetail Hunter Specifications

  • Whitetail Hunter II / Model # 78128 / UPC # 4 2609 78128 7
  • Lady Whitetail Hunter / Model # 78124 / UPC # 4 2609 78124 9
  • Speed: 350 fps (using a 380-grain arrow)
  • Kinetic Energy: 103 ft. lbs.
  • Weight: 6.4 lbs.
  • Draw Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Power Stroke: 12.5 in.
  • Dimensions: 34.25”L x 18.25”W
  • Axle to Axle Dimensions: 16.125 in.
  • Made in the USA

MSRP: $399.99

Barnett Whitetail Hunter II and Lady Whitetail Hunter Features

  • Realtree Xtra® Camo (Whitetail Hunter II)
  • Muddy Girl® Serenity Camo (Lady Whitetail Hunter)
  • Magnesium Riser
  • Custom Composite Laminated Limbs
  • 4 x 32mm Multi-Reticle Scope
  • TriggerTech Frictionless Release Technology
  • Anti-Dry Fire (ADF) Trigger System
  • Metal Injection Molded (MIM) Trigger
  • 7/8” Picatinny Rails
  • Soft-Lok Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer
  • Single Bolt Assembly
  • Finger Safety Reminders
  • Pass-Through Foregrip
  • Anti-Vibration Foot Stirrup
  • Lightweight Quiver
  • Two 20” Headhunter Arrows
  • Lubrication Wax

Barnett Whitetail Hunter Pro

Filling the need for a compact, high performance compound crossbow for full-framed shooters, Barnett’s all-new Whitetail Hunter Pro features a Compact Pro Stock that’s a full one-inch longer than that of the Whitetail Hunter II, while retaining an incredibly narrow 16.125” width from axle to axle. The result is a lightweight, compact, highly maneuverable hunting bow that feels exceedingly comfortable and solid on the shoulder of full-sized shooters. Despite the slight increase in overall length, the Whitetail Hunter Pro’s weight is maintained at just 6.4 pounds, due, in part, to a CNC-machined aluminum flight track.

The new Whitetail Hunter Pro also enjoys upgraded performance. A modest increase in draw weight to 160 pounds combined with a modified cam design boosts kinetic energy to 122 foot-pounds and speed to 380 feet per second. The Whitetail Hunter Pro also employs string dampeners to greatly attenuate vibration and sound.

A bow that feels and performs as good as the new Whitetail Hunter Pro deserves a finish to match. Barnett’s proprietary TRUBark HD™ camo covers almost every element of the Whitetail Hunter Pro – from the stock to the limbs and even the riser – delivering versatile concealment and standout looks that can’t be found on any other crossbow.

Barnett Whitetail Hunter Pro Specifications

  • Model # 78113 / UPC # 4 2609 78113 3
  • Speed: 380 fps (using a 380-grain arrow)
  • Kinetic Energy: 122 ft. lbs.
  • Weight: 6.4 lbs.
  • Draw Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Power Stroke: 13.625 in.
  • Dimensions: 35.25”L x 17.75”W
  • Axle to Axle Dimensions: 16.125 in.
  • Made in the USA

MSRP: $599.99

Barnett Whitetail Hunter Pro Features

  • TRUBark HD™ Camo
  • Compact Pro Stock
  • Magnesium Riser
  • Custom Composite Laminated Limbs
  • CNC Machined Aluminum Rail
  • 4 x 32mm Multi-Reticle Scope
  • TriggerTech Frictionless Release Technology
  • Anti-Dry Fire (ADF) Trigger System
  • Metal Injection Molded (MIM) Trigger
  • 7/8” Picatinny Rails
  • Soft-Lok Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer
  • Single Bolt Assembly
  • Finger Safety Reminders
  • Pass-Through Foregrip
  • Anti-Vibration Foot Stirrup
  • Side Mount Quiver
  • Two 20” Headhunter Arrows
  • String Dampeners
  • Lubrication Wax

Hitting the vitals where performance and value meet, Barnett is right on target with their all-new Whitetail Hunter II, Lady Whitetail Hunter and Whitetail Hunter Pro compound crossbows. And don’t be fooled by the whitetail moniker; made in the USA with a renewed commitment to quality, safety and complete customer satisfaction, these versatile performers represent a trusted ally for any hunter… and a dangerous adversary for any big game.


TARPON SPRINGS, FL (May 22, 2017) – Today’s crossbows are a far cry from the very first modern crossbow Mr. Bernard Barnett crafted in his garage in the U.K. in 1962.  And they’re simply worlds away from those used by hunters and soldiers in medieval times. The modern hunting crossbow is smaller, lighter, smoother, faster and easier to use than ever before. It’s no wonder hoards of traditional bow hunters and firearms hunters are flocking to the crossbow to unlock new hunting opportunities and experiences.

Experienced hunters understand the value of premium-quality top-performing firearms and compound bows. They’ve tried the rest and have invested in the best. For this caliber of hunter looking to purchase his or her first crossbow – or the existing crossbow hunter seeking the ultimate in speed, quality and performance – the all-new Barnett Ghost 420 was created to exceed their expectations.

One of three premium crossbows in Barnett’s elite Carbonlite Series, the standout Ghost 420 is Barnett’s fastest crossbow ever. Featuring a full carbon step-through riser and a machined aluminum flight track to minimize weight while stalking or patiently waiting for the shot on stand, the Ghost 420 boasts a 185-pound draw weight capable of sending an arrow flying at a blistering 420 feet per second.

But lightness, balance and speed are just the beginning.

Barnett’s premium variable-power illuminated scope further enhances the Ghost 420’s performance and accuracy, and its all-new TriggerTech trigger system is the finest available. Frictionless Release Technology employs a unique, free-floating roller between the trigger and sear, instilling confidence and boosting accuracy through an incredibly smooth and light three-pound trigger pull with zero creep. Additionally, nock sensors and ADF (anti-dry fire) keep a spring-loaded safety bar in place until the arrow is properly seated, protecting the user and the bow from accidental dry fire.

The all-new Ghost 420’s premium features continue with string dampeners, a rubber butt pad, pass-through foregrip, 7/8” Picatinny rails, included Talon sling, and a side-mount quiver that detaches with the simple press of a button. The result is a crossbow that allows hunters to hunt how they want, without compromise… along with some jealous gazes from their hunting companions. Best of all, the Ghost 420 comes mostly assembled from the factory; the simple installation of a single bolt out of the box is all that’s necessary to complete the package for duty.

A premium bow should look as good as it performs, and the Ghost 420 does both like no other. So how did Barnett match the 420’s aesthetics with its sizzling performance? With Mossy Oak Treestand Monochromatic: a sleek, deluxe camo pattern exclusive to the Ghost 420, ensuring that this top-performing crossbow actually stands out while blending in. Yeah, we just said that.

Barnett Ghost 420 Specifications

  • Model # 78501 / UPC # 4 2609 78501 8
  • Speed: 420 fps (using a 380-grain arrow)
  • Kinetic Energy: 153 ft. lbs.
  • Weight: 7.6 lbs.
  • Draw Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Power Stroke: 15.375 in.
  • Dimensions: 37.4”L x 22” W
  • Axle to Axle Dimensions: 20.125 in.
  • Made in the USA

MSRP: $1,199.99

Barnett Ghost 420 Features

  • Mossy Oak Treestand® Monochromatic Camo
  • Carbonlite Riser
  • CNC Machined Aluminum Flight Track
  • 1.5-5 x 32mm Premium Illuminated Scope
  • TriggerTech Frictionless Release Technology
  • Anti-Dry Fire (ADF) Trigger System
  • Metal Injection Molded (MIM) Trigger
  • 7/8” Picatinny Rails
  • Single Bolt Assembly
  • Soft-Lok Floating Bristle Arrow Retainer
  • Crank Cocking Device Compatible (Rope Cocking Device Included)
  • Finger Safety Reminders
  • Pass-Through Foregrip
  • Side Mount Quiver
  • Two 22” Headhunter Arrows
  • Talon Crossbow Sling
  • Rubber Butt Pad
  • String Dampeners
  • Lubrication Wax

Made in the USA with a renewed commitment to quality, safety and complete customer satisfaction, the all-new Barnett Ghost 420 offers experienced, discriminating hunters with a premium combination of unrivaled speed and uncompromising performance. Try the rest, but invest in the best.


TARPON SPRINGS, FL (April 11, 2017) – Even in today’s digital age, tapping into useful and meaningful knowledge often requires hours of research on multiple websites and forums.

Crossbows are a great case in point.

Crossbows are growing increasingly popular each year, because they unlock new opportunities for hunters across all strata. But they’re a complex subject, and attacking the crossbow learning curve isn’t easy. Even the most experienced hunters have questions. Why do so many different crossbows exist? Which features should I be looking for? What are the differences between a $200 model and a $1,400 model? Can I even hunt with a crossbow in my state? The list goes on.

Take heart. Veteran crossbow hunters, those with no crossbow knowledge whatsoever, and everyone in between now have a comprehensive resource for the most complete crossbow information available. And it comes from Barnett… the company who invented the modern crossbowand has continuously innovated crossbow design and technology for the last 55 years.

From the woods to the web, visitors to the all-new can quickly browse, sort and compare the features of 22 different crossbow models; experience exciting and informative multimedia crossbow and crossbow hunting stories; and learn about crossbow technology, design, safety, use, care, accessories and much more.

Plano Synergy Marketing Manager – Hunting, Andy Baumbach, an avid crossbow hunter himself, says that while is the definitive place to learn about the extreme quality and innovative features of all of Barnett’s industry-leading crossbow models, it’s also the most helpful resource for anyone seeking overall crossbow information.

“The new makes it easy and fun for consumers to quickly compare the unique features of every crossbow Barnett makes – including 16 all-new models for 2017,” Baumbach says. “But I’ll guarantee that any hunter – no matter how experienced – will learn plenty on this great new site. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section under the Learn Tab, for example, is an incredibly helpful resource. I’ve been a crossbow hunter for many years… I even sell them now… and I’ve discovered plenty of information on the new site that is going to help me become a more effective crossbow hunter.”

“The all-new website is a clear reflection of the Barnett brand’s heightened commitment to quality in every aspect of its business,” says Plano Synergy VP Marketing, Pete Angle. “From their incredible line of new-for-2017 bows and accessories to the new and evolving ways they interact with their customers, Barnett has committed every possible resource to earn renewed leadership status in crossbow quality and service to the industry.

From an interactive map containing state-by-state crossbow hunting regulation highlights, to information on cutting edge crossbow features like Barnett’s TriggerTech and Frictionless Release technologies, the wealth of practical information housed and easily accessible at provides the fastest route to Zen-level crossbow consciousness.

What are you waiting for? Browse. Experience. Learn. Hunt. 

Rage® Simply Lethal Bolts Packages Now Available Nationwide

SUPERIOR, Wis. (Jan. 27, 2017) — To address the ever-growing crossbow market, Rage has announced the immediate availability of new ready-to-shoot Rage bolts with the introduction of the Simply Lethal crossbow bolt package. Rage does all the work in finding the perfect combination of carbon-fiber bolts, CrossbowX broadheads, vanes, field points and inserts, so hunters can spend more time shooting and less time getting ready to shoot.
The Rage Simply Lethal bolts are pre-cut in two sizes: 20 and 22 inches to fit most crossbow setups. The Rage Simply Lethal crossbow bolt package comes with three factory-fletched carbon bolts, three 100-grain CrossbowX mechanical broadheads and three 100-grain field points for practice. The package includes both Omni-style and half-moon nocks that are designed to fit most crossbow manufacturer recommendations. The popular Rage 100-grain CrossbowX broadhead flies like a field point and expands to a 2-inch-plus cutting diameter, and the Shock Collar provides proper retention of the tough, razor sharp .035-inch stainless steel blades until moment of impact.
The new Rage Simply Lethal Crossbow Bolt packages are available at retailers nationwide for $59.99, and the distinctive white packaging is marked with the bolt size at the bottom of the front panel. Spend less time setting up your crossbow this season and more time shooting it.
Rage Broadheads is the world’s number-one manufacturer of expandable broadheads. It also manufactures quivers and accessories. A FeraDyne Outdoors brand, Rage is headquartered at 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880; call 866-387-9307; or visit

Put More Food On The Table With The G5 Dead Meat Broadhead


Super-tough construction, three-blade lethality.

Memphis, Michigan — As the leading manufacturer of archery equipment and design, G5® introduces the Dead Meat™ broadhead, a three-bladed design with the fineness to fly like a field point at long distances and the durability to put big game animals down—hard and fast.

The Dead Meat mechanical broadhead is constructed from super-tough machined 100 percent stainless-steel to make contact and keep driving deep. Three heavy-duty blades produce unrelenting results by creating a gaping 1.5-inch cutting diameter for short and heavy blood trails.

The design of the Dead Meat is highlighted by the all new SnapLock retaining collar that creates an audible “snap” when each of the three blades is locked securely in place for flawless flight. The SnapLock collar features an integrated clip that marries with a tiny knob on the back side of each blade for quick and secure blade retention. Never again worry about poorly-seated blades or in-flight deployment.

The Dead Meat mechanical broadhead is available in 100- and 125-grain configurations, and a Dead Meat Crossbow broadhead is also available.

Dead Meat highlighted Features:

  • 1.5-inch cutting diameter
  • Available in 100- and 125-grain configurations
  • 100 percent stainless-steel construction
  • Replacement blades available
  • Deep Six availability
  • 100 percent spin-tested
  • MSRP:  $54.95

To learn more about the new Dead Meat broadhead, or any other G5 products, contact Glenn Walker at, visit or call (866) 456-8836.

About G5 Outdoors:

G5® Outdoors L.L.C. is a family owned business established in 2000 and backed by more than 40 years of precision manufacturing experience. G5 strives to provide superior products that are Designed to Hunt™ through precision manufacturing and innovative design.

The New X-Force® Blade™ Crossbow from Carbon Express® Premium performance at an entry-level price point.

Flushing, MI – Carbon Express, an industry leader in precision archery equipment, introduces the X-Force Blade to its successful line of crossbows.

Designed to bring category-leading performance to entry-level crossbow hunters, the X-Force Blade crossbow delivers speed, repeatable accuracy, and more than 86 foot-pounds of kinetic energy in a package that’s lighter than its competition. The X-Force Blade is designed to go anywhere and hunt anything. “We recognized the need for a fully featured product that would deliver a great hunting experience,” says Lou Riley, President of Eastman Outdoors. “The X-Force Blade will appeal not only to new crossbow hunters, but those transitioning from other hunting pursuits as well.”

X-Force Blade CrossbowWith high-end features such as an aluminum rail, adjustable butt-stock and customizable fore grip, the X-Force Blade crossbow combines customizability with enduring performance for the accuracy that hunters demand.

Ready-to-Hunt Kit

The X-Force® Blade™ comes in a complete, Ready-to-Hunt Kit:

  • 3 Carbon Express 20-inch Piledriver® crossbow bolts with moon nocks and performance vanes
  • 3 100-grain field points
  • 4x32mm scope
  • Quick-detach three-bolt quiver
  • Rope cocker
  • Rail lubricant

Highlighted Specifications:

  • Speed: 320 fps
  • Draw weight: 165 pounds
  • Overall weight: 6.5 pounds
  • Width: 17.5 inches/uncocked, 13 inches/cocked
  • Overall length: 34.5-36.5 inches
  • Length of pull: 14.5-16.25 inches
  • Power stroke: 13 inches
  • Kinetic Energy: 86.3 ft/lbs

Highlighted Features:

  • Consistent Performance: The built-in aluminum rail provides repeatable accuracy.
  • Custom Fit and Stability: The adjustable butt stock and multi-position fore grip deliver increased stability through a customizable fit that delivers increased comfort.
  • Pinpoint Accuracy: The deluxe 4x32mm scope features six reticle crosshairs for targeting at varying distances.  The scope is designed to hold up to tough field conditions with its water-, shock-, and fog-resistant build.
  • Fast Loading: The large, single-piece stirrup easily accommodates hunting boots, while the slip-resistant rubber coating delivers a sure grip, for faster loading—even when wet.
  • Safety and Longevity: Anti-dry-fire technology prevents firing when a bolt is not in place, ensuring safety. The ambidextrous safety works for both left- and right-handed hunters.

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About Carbon Express

Carbon Express, an Eastman Outdoors, Inc. brand, is the leading manufacturer of crossbows, high-performance carbon hunting and target arrows, and arrow components for hunters and target shooters. For more information or customer service, visit: or call 800.241.4833.

Browning Crossbows Introduces the Browning TPS Crossbow Travel Case

To protect the new line of ZeroSeven Browning Crossbows or most other crossbows on the market, Browning Crossbows has introduced the Browning TPS (Total Protection System) Crossbow Travel Case. The case will be sold separately or is included with a purchase of the OneSixTwo Browning Crossbow.

The Browning TPS Crossbow Case was designed for protection, easy transport and is approved for use on airplanes. The case features a hard plastic outer shell with three heavy-duty latches. The case has padlock hasps for added security and three locations for use of many types of locks.

BrowningCrossbowsCaseThe balanced carry handles allow for easy transport of the loaded case. The Browning Travel Crossbow Case can stand on its side for easier storage in the off-season or in hunting camp.

Foam padding on the inside of the case helps protect crossbows and interior lashing straps safely secure the bows into place. The bottom of the case features a special section for storing a quiver.

The Browning TPS Crossbow Case has an MSRP of $99.99.

Product Specifications

  • Hard Outer Shell
  • Three Heavy-Duty Latches
  • Three Lock Locations
  • Balanced Carry Handle
  • Stands on Side for Easy Storage
  • Padlock Hasps
  • Quiver Storage in base of case
  • Lashing Straps to Secure Crossbow in Case
  • Foam Padding for Crossbow Protection
  • Fits Most Crossbows on the Market
  • Exterior 41.22” x 27” x 12.25”
  • Interior 39” x 24.5 x 12”
  • Included with the purchase of the OneSixTwo Browning Crossbow
  • MSRP $99.99

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One Six One

As part of the ZeroSeven series, Browning Crossbows is pleased to introduce the OneSixOne Crossbow. Packed with innovative and patent pending features, the made in the U.S.A. OneSixOne Crossbow continues the Browning tradition of “The Best There Is”.

Rated to shoot at 350 FPS, the OneSixOne comes mostly assembled for easy set up and use. Simply put the front end on the stock and tighten the nose bolt. The bow includes a premium Cross 4 x 32mm push button illuminated scope with auto shut off, three 22-inch premium carbon Browning arrows, and Browning’s custom quiver which places it in line with the stock.

View More: provide a better, more consistent trigger, the ZeroSeven Browning Crossbows has a pull weight of only 3 lbs and with the Frictionless Release Technology, a responsive and smooth release. The frictionless sear on the trigger allows for a smooth feel with zero trigger creep.

For added safety, the ADF (Anti-Dry Fire) feature of the bow will not allow the safety to be off if an arrow hasn’t been loaded. In addition, the Triggertech designed trigger won’t fire unless the arrow has been loaded with the proper vane facing down. This ensures positive contact between the arrow and the string for more accurate, consistent and safer shooting.

The patent pending flight track hook groove keeps the cams aligned when cocking the bow. This design allows for an even and consistent draw and results in better timing for the cams when fired to produce better accuracy.

The OneSixOne comes with a Rope Cocking Device (RCD) or the Browning Crank Cocking Device (CCD) can be purchased as an add-on accessory. The crank cocking device once installed, is housed under the hinged cheek piece. Simply press the button on the butt stock and the cheek piece lifts up revealing the cocking mechanism.

The soft touch textured feel Comfort Ledge Palm Rest has custom soft molded finger reminders that help with vibration, sound suppression and added safety for the user when firing.

To add more customization to the crossbow, it will feature picatinny rail on the left, right, and bottom of the forearm. The quiver can be placed on either side of the bow and lines up parallel to the stock.

The OneSixOne will come in black and has an MSRP of $999.99 and a MAP of $799.99.

Product Specifications

  • 350 FPS
  • Draw Weight 135 lbs
  • Power Stroke 14.625”
  • Kinetic Energy 109 Ft Lbs
  • Weight 7.2 lbs
  • Triggertech Trigger System
  • Frictionless Release Technology
  • Anti-Dry Fire Technology
  • Browning Comfort Ledge Palm Rest
  • Flight Track Hook Groove For Rope Cocking Device and Crank Cocking Device
  • Browning Rope Cocking Device
  • Left, Right, Bottom Picatinny Rail
  • Browning Soft Sound String Suppressors
  • Cross 4 x 32mm Illuminated Crossbow Scope
  • 3-22” Premium Carbon Arrows
  • Premium Browning Quiver
  • Laminated Custom Limbs
  • Magnesium Riser
  • Made in U.S.A.
  • Comes mostly assembled


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