Stan joins The Revolution this week to talk whitetail hunting. Although he is an accomplished archery hunter, Stan has never hunted with a crossbow before, however that changed recently when he tagged a whitetail doe with a crossbow. Stan notes that before he shot the doe a big 5x5 stepped out but was too far away and didn’t present him with a shot, so instead he sunk his arrow in the doe. While it may have been his first time hunting with a crossbow, he says it won’t be his last. When it comes to effective range with a bow vs a crossbow, Stan says that a crossbow extends your range. On the particular crossbow he was shooting he notes that he had 20, 30, 40 and 50-yard crosshairs. Furthermore, with a rock-solid rest, Stan says some crossbows give hunters the ability to take accurate shots out to 75+ yards.
Crossbow hunting has come a long way in the last 10 to 15 years. It has grown in popularity and is more widely accepted than it was a decade ago. However, there are still the purists out there who don’t approve of crossbow hunting. Speaking from experience, Stan talks about a recent dialogue he had with someone giving him a hard time about crossbow hunting. To those that may be skeptics of crossbow hunting, Stan says it’s just another form of hunting, it extends people’s seasons and he thinks it’s great. Noting that he has taken more than 100 Pope and Young whitetails with a compound bow, Stan says that he has more than proven himself to be a true hunter.
Although he has been hunting whitetails for more than 40 years, Stan says he still gets excited about every harvest. Part of that enthusiasm is the pay off after putting so much into every hunt. Year-round scouting, hanging stands, trimming shooting lanes and trying to figure out what the bucks are doing – it’s all a process that he does on his own. So, when the end result of a hunt is success with either a whitetail doe or buck on the ground, Stan says that it’s the ultimate reward.
Listen in as Stan talks about what’s to come on new seasons of “North American Whitetail” and “Whitetail Explorer”. In particular he highlights an upcoming episode that features the biggest wild whitetail ever captured on film and the incredible hunt that led to the tagging of the 266-inch giant.
Be sure to catch “North American Whitetail”, Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Sportsman Channel and “Whitetail Explorer” Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. ET on Sportsman Channel. If you don’t get Sportsman Channel, download a free trial of the MyOutdoorTV app where you can watch Stan Potts and all of your other favorite hunters whenever you want!