Are you a keen bow hunter? Well, we’re here to help you get even better results from your beloved bow with these great tips.
Don’t Rest on Your Laurels – Hone Your Skills
We’re all guilty. You pack your bow away the last night of the season…and get it out the week before the new one starts. It may seem a dull tip to open with, but you should be keeping up your bow skills annually, with the practice that makes for perfect form in the field.
Try to invest some time with an expert- or at the very least a willing spotter- so you can correct issues with your form before they lose you that perfect buck in the field.
3D hunting fields are a fantastic way to get some real, valuable practice in the off season and get you used to hitting deer at just the right spots to make for a quick and ethical kill.
Likewise, the off season is a good time to look into your equipment and make sure it works well. Field tips are pretty forgiving, and as long as your pins are on you can still shoot pretty accurately…but what about broad-heads?
It’s a good time to invest in some bow tuning to make sure you aren’t losing valuable kinetic energy every time you shoot. It also pays to play around with different vane types on your arrows to ensure you are getting the fastest spin possible on release to allow for the best penetrative shot.
Do Your Research Ahead of The Hunt
First, we want you to practice, now this? Don’t worry! We don’t mean spending dull hours in a library. Google maps is a brilliant tool for the aspiring hunter to check out the lay of the land they’ll be hunting on.
You’ll be able to scope out the perfect spot for your stand, and you may even be able to pick up the trails of deer on the photographic overlays!
Likewise, closer to the season it’s a good idea to start scouting your spots out way earlier than average and get your stand and camera set up so you have an idea of the movements of the deer in that area.
Knowing a little about whitetail psychology – how the beasts react, how they feed, graze and move through the world- is advised to for any hunter regardless of weapon. Knowing how your prey is likely to react in a given situation gives you a significant advantage over others. Lastly, know your equipment well.
Bows are not guns- they each have their own little foibles. The better you know everything there is to know about your weapon of choice- including how it fires in adverse conditions, rain and more- the better hunter you will be.
Remember that some strings are loud and will need silencing balls installed, others may go spongey in the rain… knowing how your bow will handle in any circumstance is key to a good hunt
Know Your Own Limits and Stick To Them
We’d all like to think we are super-heroes with the bow but we’re mere mortals. As you fatigue, your draw strength will reduce. Maybe you have a weak shoulder, or a tendency to pull the bow too high on release.
Some of these things can be corrected by practice, others you will have to learn to work around, but knowing your own foibles will help you make the best shots possible.
Remember that, particularly as a bow hunter even more than as a gun hunter, it is vital that you take nothing but ethical shots when in the field.
Becoming a thorough student of yourself will help you practice to become both a better hunter in the kills you take as well as a better hunter ethically and make you swifter and keener in the field.
They aren’t glamorous, but sticking to these three critical tips will make you a far better bow hunter then you could ever have imagined, and will soon have you bringing home the bacon- or the venison– by the truckload.