Bow hunting attracts a different crowd of hunters than, say, shotgun hunters. Bow hunting lets hunters get more in touch with nature, spend quiet time in the woods and keeps hunters in touch with olden days. Poetry aside, bow hunting is a great way to get out into the woods, in search of that once-in-a-lifetime harvest. Bow season hunting lasts longer, takes place during some of the most beautiful foliage times, with warmer weather to boot. Here are some tips to keep in mind for beginner to veteran bow hunters.
If you’re just beginning bow hunting, it is a good idea to use a bow that you can manipulate easily and aim carefully. Such a bow that works well for most beginner bow hunters is the compound bow. This hunting bow has cam wheels on the top and bottom, making the draw much simpler and easier to aim.
The draw weight—or the amount of weight you’ll be holding when the bow is drawn—can be as much as 80% less than a recurve bow. This allows for easier holding, longer draw times and more time to aim. You’ll want a minimum draw weight of 45 lbs. if you are going to hunt deer. When compared to other hunting bows, the compound bow is the more universal hunting bow, good for beginners and even elder hunters.
If you plan to go bow hunting, you should first prepare for the hunt. By doing so, you’ll train your mind and body for similar things you’ll experience while out in the woods. If you will use a tree stand, for example, be sure to practice shooting from a tree stand, or at least, from a sitting position. Be sure that you can draw your hunting bow whether your hands are warm or cold, numb or not. Bow hunters often spend a few weeks or a few months tracking deer in the woods where they will be hunting.
Bow hunting is not an easy business. If you hit a deer with an arrow, be sure not to chase it down immediately. It will run and the chances of finding it become slim. Instead, let the deer do its natural thing. It will find a place to lie down and die, usually under a few hundred meters (yards) from where it was killed.
You must follow the dripped blood and track it down before dark. Try to hunt early in the morning and leave during the mid afternoon hours. Hunting from 4 till dark often yields the best chances of sighting and thus shooting a deer. Once a deer has seen you, though, you should give up and move to a different spot, as the likelihood of another visit is slim.
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