On a hunt away from home, your crossbow equipment is basically the lifeline to your success. If your rain gear gets ripped, you will be a little wet and miserable at times. If the sole in your boot goes out, your feet may be a little sore at the end of the day. These setbacks will make the rest of your hunt a little uncomfortable, but it will not compromise your success. If something on your crossbow goes wrong, in the blink of an eye, your hunt can come to an immediate stop.
When planning your next hunt, there are things you want to be sure to pack so a hunt is never wasted. Here are our recommendations for an emergency repair crossbow kit.
- Back-Up Set of String & Cables – There may not be anything faster that can ‘de-rail’ a hunt than strings going out on your bow. An Extra Set in your bag can come in handy if something happens, and a local bow shop can install them getting you back out in the field where you left off in a matter of hours.
- Red Dot Scope – Accidents happen, and your bow is always at risk of being dropped only to throw off or ruin the scope. A simple red dot scope may not be as nice as your 4x32 illuminated scope, but they’re usually cheap, small to pack and provide a solid aiming point if something ever happens to your main scope.
- Spare Rope cocker – If your original rope cocker becomes lost or broken, you may be out of luck to cock your bow if you don't have a spare packed.
- Allen Wrench Set – Whether you need to change your scope, remove your front end or tighten down lose bolts, a set of Allen wrenches is a no brainer.
- Broadhead Wrench – Broadheads can come lose time to time. A broadhead wrench stored away in your pack can keep your fingers safe when they need to be tightened back down.
- Serving Material – In the event your serving ever comes lose on your string/cable, carrying a roll of serving can help save the frustration of running to a shop to fixer’ up, and the peace of mind knowing your equipment is 100%.
- Extra Field Points, Broadheads & Knocks – Just because you can never have too many.
- Coins – If your scope is ever bumped, some pocket change is an easy way to adjust your windage or elevation on your scope.
- Extra Rail Lube/String Wax – These tiny tubes can be hard to keep track of in the midst of an exciting hunt. A spare tube in your pack will ensure you always know where to find some.
- Extra Batteries – Illuminated scopes and range finders both run off batteries. Know what kind your gear requires and store away an extra set in your pack. You never know when you may need them.
Hopefully you will never have to resort to your back up parts. But it’s better to have them and not need them, then not have them and need them. We prepare and practice for our hunt’s months in advance – prepare to save your hunt if something goes wrong.