While hunting with crossbows you must be very careful though these are designed precisely to be a perfectly safe toolfor hunting. However, you will have to use it properly as there are some innately frightening risks given the fact that it generates about 300to 400foot-pounds of potential energy. This large amount of energy is controlled merely by a string and the thin sear of the trigger. You must keep your fingers down to shoot safely just like any other experienced crossbow hunter. Though the manufacturers have all guards installed to save fingers that pops up the flight deck, you must keep your fingers down to eliminate the chances of the string lop off.
Run a few checks
Just like any gun the projectile of the crossbows are meant to kill. Therefore, never point it at any unsafe direction when you fire it accidentally or purposefully. Always follow the safety rule and instructions as possibility of failures in any mechanical device cannot be overruled. Check all parts especially the screws before shooting to ensure there are tightened. This will reduce vibrations when it is shot and it might cause injuries to you when you shoot as well as the bystanders. Therefore, check the major components such as the riser, string, frame, stock, scope, and the fire-control assembly before you use it.
Lube the bow
Always make sure that you lube the barrel and all other places that the string and arrow contacts. This is necessary not only for immediate safety and better hunting result but also for ensuring long-term use. Make sure that the cable slide, if any, is in properplace. Take care of the string as well and lube it up making sure that there are no wears and parts. This will eliminate the energy from going somewhere else. If your bow does not have a stick of lube, get one and use it.