Turning off your crossbow instead of shooting will save a lot of damage to your bow, string(s), and/or cable. Because crossbow string replacement cost a lot. It also saves you the hassle of keeping the target around to shoot arrows at, or possibly damaging arrows and/or points by shooting at the ground. The first thing you’ll need (besides a crossbow) is a rope cocking tool. It’s a simple tool, and several crossbow companies sell it, pretty much all the same design – and about the same price (too much).
Prices vary, but the average price with shipping and/or tax is $20-$25, which feels a bit steep for four tiny pieces of plastic, two tiny pins, two tiny pulleys, and a piece of string. If your rope is too long, don’t cut it – you may need that length later. Your next step is simply to place the hook on your crossbow and place it into the groove or notch on the crossbow – the same place as if you were going to fuse the crossbow. You’ll want to pull all the slack from one side and let the other handle rest against one of the hooks.
The slack strap that’s to the right of the handle in the photo is the extra length mentioned on the previous page. Removing the safety before unplugging the crossbow. The next step is to simply change the safety to the fire position. This seems like a good place to mention that this decocking method won’t work on every arrow. Some crossbows will not release the string unless an arrow is detected. This helps prevent the scourge of arrow shooters, dry shooting, but it also prevents you from drawing your bow.
In such cases, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for unplugging your bow. Some people have used pens to “trick” their anti-dry-shoot devices, but of course, if you try that you should do so at your own risk. Ready to pull the trigger to pull the crossbow. Some people may want to turn their hands. It all depends on your strong hand. Put your feet in the crossbow stirrup! Don’t forget that important step.