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Jack Kelly

Crossbow Expert: Hunting Guide & Equipment Reviewer
Crossbow Safety and Regulations: Hunting Laws, Safe Shooting Practices
Crossbow Hunting Techniques: Stealth, Blind Placement
Crossbow Reviews and Comparisons: Product Analysis, Brand Comparisons
Crossbow Technology Trends: Innovations, Future of Crossbow Industry
Crossbow Wildlife and Habitat: Conservation Efforts and Impact


  • Crossbow Expert with specialized knowledge in hunting guidance, equipment reviews, and crossbow safety.
  • Master of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management from North Carolina State University.
  • Certified in Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation, Adult, Child And Baby First Aid/CPR/AED, and Online Product Reviewer Masterclass.
  • Featured in Florida Independent, Campinghiking.net, Bunker Basics, and Preppers Will.
  • Offers hunting guide services in various Florida locations, including Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, Myakka State Forest, Osceola National Forest, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, and Apalachicola National Forest.


Jack Kelly, a Crossbow Expert, brings a wealth of knowledge to the field, specializing in multiple critical areas:
  • Hunting Guidance: Jack offers valuable hunting guidance to a diverse audience, including outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, sports shooters, first-time buyers, and survivalists. His profound understanding of hunting techniques ensures safe and ethical hunting practices.
  • Equipment Reviews: As an Equipment Reviewer, Jack evaluates and compares various crossbow models and accessories. His reviews guide readers toward making well-informed equipment choices.
  • Additional Expertise: Jack also writes about crossbow safety and regulations, hunting techniques, product analysis, technology trends, and wildlife conservation.
Beyond his writing, Jack provides hunting guide services and consulting in various Florida locations, helping individuals and hunting clubs improve their hunting experiences. He also occasionally delivers public talks on the latest crossbow tech.

Outside Interests

Outside of his professional life, Jack is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys camping, hiking, and bouldering/climbing. He used to be. Google for Work trainer, too!

Upcoming Projects

Jack is currently working on a comprehensive guidebook for novice and experienced hunters. He is also considering further education in advanced ballistics or crossbow maintenance to support his writing.


Jack earned his Master of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management from North Carolina State University. He has also completed additional training in Ecology: Ecosystem Dynamics and Conservation, First Aid/CPR/AED, and an Online Product Reviewer Masterclass.

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Print off and carry our downloadable guide on how to treat snake bites in the wild. Download PDF

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According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife-Associated Recreation in 2016, the total spend on hunting in the U.S. was $26.2 billion.

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The best crossbow scope this season is the Hawke 3X32 IR. It does everything right, nothing wrong, and comes in at a fair price.

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