Bow hunting has become increasingly popular over the last 10 years, as it sports more of a challenge and a greater rush of adrenaline than gun hunting. This increase in popularity has brought many new bowhunters who are looking for a wealth of information on how to bow hunt successfully. The purpose of this article is to give you an overview of how to bow hunt and give you a few tips that will increase your bow hunting success.
Bow hunting requires quite a bit more skill, patience and time than gun hunting and requires a different set of techniques and equipment. With bow hunting you will need to be able to get closer to animals and will need to be able to correctly place your shots to ensure a fast clean kill of the animal you are hunting. One of the biggest things to remember is that whether you are using a compound bow, long bow, crossbow, recurve or other type of bow, they are not like a gun, and they cannot shoot even close to the distance of a gun.
The first step in learning how to bow hunt it to know the animal you are going to be hunting. It it absolutely crucial to know where and how they travel through the bush, their food sources, what attracts them, repels/scares them, their sensitivity to sound, sight and smell, their mating rituals, their kill zone etc. All of these things are important as you will need to be able to lure, track, or call them in as close to you as possible to get a decent shot.
Next you will want to do more research on the area you will be bowhunting. This means that you will need to walk the area to determine possible hunting spots, animal travel, food sources, bedding areas, and trails. The more you know about the area you’re hunting the better the chances of you being able to successfully track and or ambush the animal you’re bowhunting.
Once you have know all about the animal you’re hunting and the area where you’ll be hunting you will need to get your equipment ready. Depending on the animal you’re hunting you will want to setup a blind or treestand in order to keep the animal from seeing you. You will also want to mark off yardages from your treestand, blind or hunting spot so that you can accurately estimate the distance of the animal.
After getting your hunting spot(s) ready you are almost ready to start bow hunting. You will need to begin practicing shooting with broadheads, and you will also need to [tune your bow] so that the arrow is flying as straight as possible. This will allow the broadhead to fly straighter and hit harder.
Learning how to bow hunt can be frustrating and requires a great amount of patience and practice both on and off the field. There are so many aspects of bowhunting that cannot be taught only learned from experience. However, here are just a few more pointers on how to bow hunt successfully:
- Remember that in a treestand your target looks further than it actually is.
- If you shoot an animal wait 30 minutes before going look for it
- Don’t use strong smelling soaps,fabric softeners,deodorants, colognes or anything else like that. This will be an unatural smell for the animals and will spook them.
- Don’t shoot at an animal that is further than you are used to shooting at, this will just work to wound the animal, and your chances of killing it will be slim.