Every year as fall nears bowhunters anxiously get ready for the hunting season whether it be for big or small game. and without fail there are always those bowhunters who bag their limit year after year and those who don’t get anything at all. Here are 10 bow hunting tips that will help you to increase your chances of bagging your trophy animal year after year.
Simply put you need to regularly practice shooting your bow if you want any chance of being able to bag your trophy animal. The more you practice the more accurate and confident you become in your ability to shoot consistently well. Shooting a few shots to see if “you still have it” right before you go out does not work and will definitely come back to bite you when you’ve got your eye and sights on that beautiful animal.
2.Research your Hunting Area
Researching the area where you will be hunting is one of the major keys to a successful hunt. Research can include mapping, scouting, baiting and other techniques that allow you to become familiar with animal travel and feeding patterns for that specific area. Once you are able to figure out where the animals are and how they travel you will be able to find yourself a great place to set up your tree stand or blind.
3. Set Yardage Markers
Once you have that perfect hunting spot you should choose some land marks and measure their distance as marker so that you can more easily tell roughly how far the animal is when you take your shot. You can choose landmarks or place markers ( rock, branch, corn cob etc) for 10, 20, 30,40 and 50 yds. This will greatly help when your adrenaline starts pumping and you have to quickly figure out how far to shoot for.
4. Pack Appropriate Gear
Bowhunting requires specific gear which includes knife,flashlight, tools, clothing, arrows, safety items and more. Forgetting some of your gear can really put a damper on your hunting session or entire hunt. Make sure that you pack everything you will need in a backpack in the event that you do bag an animal.
5. Be Sure of your Shot and Target Before Firing
These are 2 important points that should be exercised by every bowhunter. Some bowhunters will shoot at anything that resembles a deer in hopes of bagging their trophy animal. This is very dangerous and can land you in serious trouble if you shoot the wrong type of animal or worse a fellow bowhunter.
It is also necessary to be aware of your shot before you take it. Shooting an animal in the spine or anywhere else but the lungs/heart can leave the animal wounded and could mean a lost animal or ruined meat. Always be aware and sure of your target and where you’re shooting or don’t make the shot at all.
6. Stay Put after Shooting your Trophy
This is an absolute *Must* for all bowhunters out there no matter what kind of game you’re hunting. When you shoot an animal it will undoubtedly start running away with adrenaline kicking in full throttle. In a sudden surge of excitement and exhilaration, bowhunters will often jump out of the tree stand and quickly start following the animal.
This of course is never a good idea as you greatly increase your chances of spooking the animal again and having them continue running until you lose them. After shooting an animal watch carefully the direction the animal runs off to and then wait for about 30 -45 min. This should allow enough time for the animal to feel less spooked, bleed out and drop to the ground usually only a short distance away from where it was shot.