How To Cock A Crossbow With a Rope Cocking Device

By Justin ZarrJune 26th, 20201 Comment

This article is intended to show you how to properly and safely cock a crossbow using a rope cocking device.  This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to cock a crossbow.

These handy gadgets are included with many new crossbows, or can be purchased separately for around $20. 

A rope cocking device consists of a length of rope with 2 handles on the ends and two small hooks with rollers for drawing the string.  If you shoot a crossbow often, a rope cocker is a certainly a must have.

Step 1

First start by placing the front of your crossbow on the ground and putting your foot through the stirrup.  This will provide the stability you need for cocking your crossbow.

Step 2

Lay the rope cocking device on the stock.  Many crossbows include a shallow groove near the back of the stock that is meant for a rope cocker.  Lay the rope of your cocking device into this groove with one hook & roller on each side.

Step 3

With the hook facing outwards, place it under the crossbow string as close to the shooting rail as possible.  Do this on both sides.

Step 4

After verifying your hooks are in the proper position, grab the handles of your rope cocking device and begin to pull up. 

When you begin to pull you will be in a bent over position and as you pull back you should stand up in order to use more of your back and shoulders to help cock the bow.  Once the bow is completely drawn the string will lock into place.

You can now load an arrow into the bow and shoot.  Remember to ALWAYS make sure the safety is on before loading an arrow.

Justin Zarr
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Justin has been bowhunting for more than 25 years, harvesting a number of P&Y whitetails in his home state of Illinois during that time.  He co-hosts the popular bowhunting show 'Bowhunt or Die' and is a frequent guest on numerous hunting podcast.  Justin lives in the NW suburbs of Chicago with his wife and 3 children.
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