Minnesota 2023 crossbow season review

Minnesota allows hunters of all ages to participate in hunting with a crossbow.
Minnesota allows hunters of all ages to participate in hunting with a crossbow.
Gavin Potthoff

On May 24th, 2023, Minnesota passed a law stating that hunters of all ages can now hunt with a crossbow.

Previously the only citizens who could use crossbows were people older than 60 or a person who has a physical impairment that doesn’t allow them to use a traditional bow.

Many hunters set up cameras in the woods to scout out the deer that are existing in the woods where they want to hunt. These are a few from my camera.  (Gavin Potthoff)

Crossbows have a major advantage over traditional bows. Crossbows are much more lethal and accurate.

The top of the line crossbows on the market today can shoot almost 400 feet per second faster than a top of the line traditional bow. Crossbows can also shoot heavier arrows at longer distances.

Most traditional bow hunters like to shoot less than 40 yards, whereas a crossbow can shoot up to 100 yards on a dime.

Crossbows are much easier to use. A hunter needs to calibrate the sight, and it should be good forever. A traditional bow on the other hand, has to be adjusted to a certain weight, draw length, and adjusting the pins in the sight.

To view Minnesota’s 2023 deer season results visit the MN DNR website.

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Gavin Potthoff, Journalist
Grade: Senior Favorite Sports Team: Minnesota Wild Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, and frolfin Favorite Season: Fall Favorite Food: Pasta