There has been a huge increase of crossbow hunters recently due to an increase in availability of low priced crossbows and additionally the amount of states that license hunters to hunt with a crossbow. Many of these folks are seasoned hunters but alas skills acquired from bow hunting and hunting with a rifle do not shift over easily to hunting with a crossbow. Do the tips below and you can increase your likelihood of a successful hunt crossbow with scope.
Purchase a crossbow that works for you. This is pretty simple but you will be shocked at the number of people that go out and get the first crossbow that they see. Just like guns you will want to try out as many crossbows as you can before you get your first crossbow. It is actually even more imperative to do this with crossbows than rifles as crossbow designs change significantly more between the different brands than rifles.
Learn the range of your crossbow and follow it. Many crossover hunters are familiar with making shots with their rifle at 100 or more yards and being successful. This is not possible with even the best crossbow. The max for a modern crossbow is 40 yards and that is for very seasoned crossbow shooters. A crossbow hunter will need to shoot at a maximum range of 20 to 25 yards. This range will ensure the shot will have a greater chance of being successful. Also test your crossbow for accuracy, you might want to hunt even closer than that range.
Practice with your crossbow. Again this seems like a blatant suggestion but many people are led to think that they can take a few shots with a crossbow and then they are ready to go hunt. A crossbow needs more skills than a rifle. Rifles are very predictable. You aim a rifle at a target and pull the trigger and you will probably hit it. This is not the case with a crossbow. Individual crossbows have their own idiosyncrasies that will make the arrow to go in flight paths that are not expected. You need to learn these peculiarities prior to when you go hunting. So do take the time to learn your crossbow and sight it in as accurately as possible before you first go hunting.