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Hickory Creek Mini In-Line Vertical Crossbow

BigAl

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You know how a saddle changed the way you hunt, gave you a huge advantage over normy muggle hunters, let you shoot more deer, and just generally made you feel so dang SEXY?

Wanna feel that rush all over again?

Buy...the...mini!

After a week of owning with one, I can say I haven't been more blown away with a product since I sat in the kestrel for the first hunt. Where do I even start?

So it's light. Like 6lbs light. Lighter than a lot of compound bows, and definitely lighter than most crossbows. It's also stupid-easy to carry and maneuver. You know how when you carry a bow or rifle it just stays by your side, out of the way and easily maneuverable through tall brush and thickets? Know how a crossbow feels like Jesus lugging his cross through a monkey bar factory that got wrecked by a tornado? The mini feels like that first thing. Carry it one handed, two handed, left hand right hand, whatever feels good. Wanna put it in a backpack! Turn one knob and it comes apart in two tiny little pieces. Put your saddle and the mini in a jansport pack, smear granola crumbs in your beard, throw your hair in a man bun, and drive your minivan with Eno and Yeti stickers to the parking area. Folks will think you're some yuppie tree hugger out to cry over the beauty of a river or some nonsense. They'll never suspect they're witnessing a master predator invade their turf.

Shot options? In a turkey seat. On the ground. On your belly. Strong side, weak side, drop shot, over the bridge, crane style on top of an alligator's back. Whatever. See critter? Shoot critter.

It's quieter than a regular crossbow, but has the speed. 30 yard zero on mine and I'm shooting maybe 3" high and low at 20 and 40. Put the crosshairs on the animal. Pull the trigger. No rangefinder, no anchor point, no form, no technique, no skill, no art form. Just stone cold, lethal efficiency on tap and ready to rock your little world.

You can use whatever arrows you prefer with it, instead of being Shanghaied into using the manufacturer's bolts with their BS proprietary nocking system. Wanna shoot a 500 grain telephone pole tipped with a bmcold steel bushman knife on the end of it? Of course ya do, ya crazy animal!

Seriously, I've shot at two critters with mine already. Sent a coyote straight to that big turkey nest in the sky. Little rascal came out at a trot straight behind me. Straighten left leg, pivot at waist, shoulder, settle pin, unleash 150lbs of "screw you, Wile E. Coyote" through the thicket. "Super Genius" my ascot tie.

The doe I shot at was a swing and a miss. That's because I'm a knock-kneed ninny-wagon who shakes like Mohammed Ali when he's on the ground 20 yards away from his first potential victim of the year. Control your bloodlust, and let the voices of your ancestors guide you. The mini will do the rest if you only let it.

Seriously folks, Jerry Goff, the inventor of this little lung-popper, is a smart cookie. The mini is one heck of a critter killer, and I'm yet to see a downside. If you're not desperate to prove your masculinity by channeling your inner Ishi (who, btw, would have absolutely rocked this thing) or to relive the glory days of medieval English "air supremacy" buy one.

Do them deer dirty.
I'm very interested in the mini.......just wondered if you could post a picture of how you hang the bow while hunting from your saddle and if it is easy to reach while a deer is approaching.
 

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So, you can use the foot stirrup as a handle and make that happen. Assuming your right-handed, to shoot lefty you put your right hand on the stirrup and left hand on the trigger grip. Shoot using your left eye and voila. Mind the blade up by the stirrup.
I used my left hand on the end of the shoulder stock loop and right hand on right hand grip while sighting with my left eye to shoot my doe about a month ago. Worked very well.
 

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I'm very interested in the mini.......just wondered if you could post a picture of how you hang the bow while hunting from your saddle and if it is easy to reach while a deer is approaching.
Here is how I hang mine. Hook at end of video.
I didn't know how I missed this post the first time. I checked my photos and I was up a tree at the time.
 

Jimmyfunk60

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These are pretty cool, almost makes me want to get rid of my Excalibur micro and replace it with this for when the kids or wife hunt.. do u feel this would be as easy for the kids to use as my micro 335


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Ontariofarmer

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These are pretty cool, almost makes me want to get rid of my Excalibur micro and replace it with this for when the kids or wife hunt.. do u feel this would be as easy for the kids to use as my micro 335


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It is easier to pull than a micro 335. I just got my mini. Now it came set for 125 lb pull. As you get closer to setting the string it pulls easier and easier unlike a micro


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A mini weighs 6 pounds. The micro 335 weighs over 8 pounds. Excalibur says it weighs 5.2. Not true. So it would be way easier for a kid to handle


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It is easier to pull than a micro 335. I just got my mini. Now it came set for 125 lb pull. As you get closer to setting the string it pulls easier and easier unlike a micro


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I actually bought a hickory creek already.. I bought a used one on eBay for a decent deal and it came from my own state. However when I got it it was junk.. The seller described it as excellent condition but it had a cracked limb, it had a different scope on it that was in the string path, the trigger reset and cheek piece was broke, the d loop was boot lace material, the rear stock was cracked, and a few other things were wrong with it. I sent an email out Jerry and he verified my claims and luckily I got all my money back and returned the bow. I’m on the fence between one of these or a ravin r26 now. Look forward to hearing how you make out with yours. I agree with the micro comments they definitely are heavier than advertised but I love the simplicity of it. One reason I’m scared of the r26 there is a lot of negative posts about string and limbs breaking.


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I actually bought a hickory creek already.. I bought a used one on eBay for a decent deal and it came from my own state. However when I got it it was junk.. The seller described it as excellent condition but it had a cracked limb, it had a different scope on it that was in the string path, the trigger reset and cheek piece was broke, the d loop was boot lace material, the rear stock was cracked, and a few other things were wrong with it. I sent an email out Jerry and he verified my claims and luckily I got all my money back and returned the bow. I’m on the fence between one of these or a ravin r26 now. Look forward to hearing how you make out with yours. I agree with the micro comments they definitely are heavier than advertised but I love the simplicity of it. One reason I’m scared of the r26 there is a lot of negative posts about string and limbs breaking.


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The micro is bullet proof and has an excellent warranty. The online cross bow is better for saddle hunting I believe


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Ontariofarmer

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I actually bought a hickory creek already.. I bought a used one on eBay for a decent deal and it came from my own state. However when I got it it was junk.. The seller described it as excellent condition but it had a cracked limb, it had a different scope on it that was in the string path, the trigger reset and cheek piece was broke, the d loop was boot lace material, the rear stock was cracked, and a few other things were wrong with it. I sent an email out Jerry and he verified my claims and luckily I got all my money back and returned the bow. I’m on the fence between one of these or a ravin r26 now. Look forward to hearing how you make out with yours. I agree with the micro comments they definitely are heavier than advertised but I love the simplicity of it. One reason I’m scared of the r26 there is a lot of negative posts about string and limbs breaking.


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Sounds like he dropped it or and dry fired it


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Jimmyfunk60

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Sounds like he dropped it or and dry fired it


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Ya idk it came from a pawn shop they actually had two for sale. I wouldn’t want to use my micro in a saddle. It’s mostly for my wife and kids. I can see where the vertical bow would excel in a stand the ravin peeks my interest and it’s pretty small as well. You will have to report back on yours.


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Are you a Hickory creek pro


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Nope. Don't even know Jerry all that well. All the hyperbole I'm putting out is straight from the heart. A crossbow that you can carry miles and miles in one hand through thick brush and that can be worked on without a press is friggin' genius. I may start a hickorycreekminihunters.com forum.
 

Tapeworm

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Nope. Don't even know Jerry all that well. All the hyperbole I'm putting out is straight from the heart. A crossbow that you can carry miles and miles in one hand through thick brush and that can be worked on without a press is friggin' genius. I may start a hickorycreekminihunters.com forum.
I’m glad I sent that sweet little xbow to a great home & it’s getting put to work

It is a pretty neat set up



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Ontariofarmer

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I have shot mine 20 times. What poundage is your bow set at. Mine is 125 as it came.


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