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    How to Bow hunt – Beginner’s Guide to Successful Bow Hunting

    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.

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    Archery How To – Properly Waxing your Bow String

    Waxing your bow string is an essential part of taking care of your bow.  This applies to all types of bows including crossbows, compound, traditional and long bows.  Waxing your bow string will not only extend the overall life of your string, it will keep it from getting frayed, damaged by water or debris and will help to keep the strands from becoming dried out and less flexible. Waxing your bow string is pretty simple to do and only takes a few minutes of time.  Here are the steps outlined on how to properly wax your bow string.]

    Step 1:  Make sure that your bow string is clear of any dirt or debris.  This can be done by using a clean dry cloth, or using a soft brush.

    Step 2: Take the wax(usually in a tube) and apply the wax to the bow string.  You want to apply a good amount but you don’t want to overdo it.  The key here is just to make sure the wax covers the string with a thin coat.

    Step 3: Take your finger and thumb and just rub the wax into the string.  The friction will cause the bow wax to melt and make it easier for the wax to leak into the crevices and cover the whole bow string.

    Step 4: Take a dry cloth and just wipe and remove any excess wax that has built up at the top or bottom of the string or at the arrow serving points.

    That’s it you have successfully waxed your bow string.  You should remember to do this regularly especially when and if your archery bow is getting a lot of use.  Taking these steps will ensure that you are protecting your investment and maximizing the life of your bow string.

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    How to Fletch your own Arrows

    How many times have you shot an arrow and missed the target or had a pass-through on the target and found the arrow  laying on the ground with a fletching missing?  This can be a very frustrating experience as in most cases it means you will have to take the time to bring the arrow into a bow shop and pay to have your arrow re-fletched.  This can become tiresome and can end up in the long run costing you a lot of money that you can actually save by fletching your arrows yourself.  In this tutorial I will be giving you an outline of how you can fletch your own arrows to save time and money.

    Things you will need:

    -Bare arrow shaft/arrow shaft in need of reparation
    -Fletching Remover
    -Fletching Glue
    -Fletching Jig
    -Fletchings
    -99% rubbing alcohol
    -Fine grit sand paper

    Step 1: Take your Fletching remover or a dull pocket knife if you don’t have a fletching remover and remove the rest of the fletchings on the arrow.  Ensure that the fletching/vanes glue has been scraped off to the best of your ability as well.

    Step 2: If you’re using carbon arrows take your fine grit sand paper and rough up just the end where the fletchings will go.  This will allow the glue to stick better and will also allow for any remaining old glue to be taken off the arrow.  If you’re using aluminum arrows skip this step.

    Step 3: Wet a rag or cloth with some rubbing alcohol and rub all of the residue off the back end of the arrow where your fletchings are going to go.

    Step4: Place your arrow into the fletching jig and grab the fletching clamp and place a fletching /vane into the clamp.

    Step5: Take your cloth and wet it with rubbing alcohol again and wipe the fletching portion which will be glued to the arrow down to ensure all of the factory residue is off the fletching/vane.

    Step 6: Apply your fletching glue to the fletching in the clamp and use the tip of the glue applicator to make sure the glue is evenly spread on the entire fletching.

    Step 7:  Place the Clamp onto the fletching jig and slide it towards the arrow until the fletching has made contact with the arrow shaft.  Press the clamp down to make sure a tight full seal of the fletching and the arrow shaft is achieved.

    Step 8: Wait 5-7 minutes

    Step 9: Release the clamp and turn the rotation knob on the fletching jig to turn the arrow shaft to the next location of where the fletching will go and then repeat the above steps 5 – 8 until all fletchings have been glued on.

    Step 10: Take the arrow out of the jig and inspect each fletching to make sure there are no unglued areas.  As a final step take your glue and just place a small bead right at the tip of the fletching closest to the arrow point.  This will give your fletchings or vanes that extra durability if you pass-through the target or miss the target and hit the ground.

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    How to Grip your Bow so that You don’t get Stung

    Whether you are an avid archer or shoot occasionally, almost everyone of us has had the unpleasant experience of being hit with the bowstring. Being “zinged” is probably one of the most painful experiences of shooting a bow and once you do it, you really start trying to figure out how to avoid having it happen again. There is really only one main reason why you get zinged and that is improper grip on the bow.

    Most archers grip the bow with the middle of their palm running down the center of the bow handle. On top of this poor form we also tend to squeeze really tightly which inevitably brings the string closer to our wrist. Not to worry though after being zinged myself I was taught this new way of holding the bow that would pretty much completely eliminate any chances of being hit with the string again.

    The easiest way to explain this grip is to have you look at the front of your hand. Notice the meaty portion of your hand just below your thumb. This portion of your hand is going to be what sits on the middle of the bow handle instead of the middle of your palm.

    Next your going to put your four remaining fingers together and place the tips of these fingers on the front portion of the handle/riser and your going to curl your thumb over to the right of the handle(if right handed).

    *note the space between the arm and the string.

    This grip is guaranteed not only to help keep your arm from getting hit but because this grip really inhibits squeezing really hard, it also helps to reduce bow torque. Just remember that you should only have your hand tight enough around the handle in order to keep it in your hand after the shot. Holding your bow too tightly will really hurt your accuracy and consistency, if you are afraid of your bow dropping you can pick up a very cheap solution. Its called a bow-sling and it attaches to the handle and you put you’re hand inside the sling to prevent your bow from coming out of your hand. Braided Bow Sling

    When hunting or shooting in the winter your clothes tend to be a lot thicker and this can cause the string to start hitting your jacket. The solution to this is to get a hold of an arm guard this will help to keep you’re coat sleeve out of the way of your bowstring. Vista Tuff-Lite Armguard

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    How to paper tune your bow

    Paper tuning your bow is not a necessity in order to shoot your bow, however it does ensure that your bow is shooting straight and as accurate as possible. In most cases it even helps to reduce the amount of difference between field points and broadheads.

    Paper tuning is really nothing more than putting a piece of paper between two posts and then shooting your arrow through the paper into a target located just behind the paper. In doing this you are able to see if the arrow is kicking left,right,up or down.

    1. Lets get started what you need to do is to get 2 posts of some type and secure them so that they cannot move. Your going to want the posts to be about the width of the paper your using minus an inch on both sides because your going to need to fasten the paper to the posts.

    *NOTE make sure that the paper is not creased or wrinkled as this will affect the outcome results.* Also make sure the paper is at the height of the arrow being shot because you do not want to be shooting downwards or upwards into the paper as the results will be inaccurate as well..

    2. Alright so now with the posts firmly in place in front of your target and the paper fastened to the posts you are now ready to start shooting. So what we are going to do is go back about 3-5 yards from the posts. Now what your going to do is shoot an arrow into the sheet of paper making sure that your form good so as not to torque the bow.

    3. After the arrow has passed through the page there may or may not be significant tearing. What your going to do next is to go to the paper take on of your hands and put it behind the paper and put the tears back together so that you can see how its tearing. Once you see how it is tearing then you can make the adjustments to your arrow rest. *NOTE the best way that I have found is to work on one problem at a time so work on either horizontal tears or vertical tears*.

    4. Alright so now what we have to do is read the tear and fix the problem. Now the most important part to remember is that you must move your rest in the direction of the tear, so for example if after getting the paper back together you notice that the tear is going to the left then you need to move the rest to the left, if the tear is going in an upward direction then you need to move the rest up etc.

    Now this could take some time as once you move the rest you must continue shooting into the paper until you shoot the arrow through with no tearing and the end result looks as though your looking at the back of an arrow. You need to do this for both for horizontal and vertical tears.

    5. Once you have the arrows going through properly with the flecthings on we need to get a bare arrow(one without fletchings)and go through the same steps. In doing this we can eliminate even the smallest of tears that may have been covered up by the minor tearing from the fletchings on the previous arrow we used.

    The goal of this new arrow is to get it making what looks like bullet holes, the holes should be round with no tearing at all. If this is done than you have successfully paper tuned your bow, this will ensure maximum accuracy and penetration of the arrow.

     

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    How to Sight In your Bow


    Sighting in your bow is a very simple but but can be time consuming process. Simply put sighting in your bow is basically setting up the pins on your sight so that when you aim and release the arrow; it hits where you were aiming. In order to sight in your bow you will need a set of allen wrenches, for the sight/rest/pin screws.

    STEP ONE

    First of all you need to set up a target and some markers, that will mark off distances of 10, 20,30,40 yds etc As for a target I use and would recommend Field Logic’s ” The Block Elite 4×4 Field Tip/Broadhead Target ” for 3 reasons
    *These targets can take a beating and last a long time
    * You can shoot both field point and broadheads at it
    * It is one of the only targets I have tried that you don’t have to fight with to get your arrows out of it.

    . Set yourself up so that your body is perpendicular to the target about 5-10 yds away. Load an arrow into your bow and aim at the target with the top most pin on your sight; where you want the arrow to go. Do this a few times just to make sure that you didn’t flinch or the wind didn’t grab the arrow.

    Walk up to the target and make note of where your arrows are in relation to where you were aiming. If the arrows are off from your aimed spot then go back and move the sight just a little in the direction that the arrow was off. For example if your arrow was right, then you will move the sight to the right. *Note – We are just concentrating on left to right at this point.* Continue this process until your arrow hits where you are aiming(in relation to left and right).

    STEP TWO

    At this point your arrow should pretty much be dead on when it comes to left and right alignment. With the left to right complete we can now work on your up and down alignment. Basically to start out with, this process is going to be pretty much the same as the first steps. Make sure that you are standing perpendicular to the target about 10 yds away. Instead of using your top most pin however; you will now use your pin that you are going to be using for 30yds(usually your 2nd pin from the top).

    Aim at the center of the target and then release the arrow. The expected results should be that the arrow has hit 3-4 inches higher from where you aimed, this is normal. If you are off left to right repeat the previous steps. If the arrow is lower than where you were aiming simply loosen the sight and bring the sight down just a little bit. Continue shooting until the arrow is about 3-4 inches higher than where you were aiming.

    When you have reached the desired results move back to the 20yrd marker. Again using your 30yrd pin aim at the center of the target, again you should be hitting just above where you were aiming. the difference now should be only about 1-2 inches higher. If the arrow hits dead on or is a little low then make the adjustment downwards to your sight, and try again until the results are reached.

    Move back to the 30 yrd marker, and aim again at the center of the target. Your arrow should be hitting pretty much right where you aimed it. You may have to make small adjustments to fine tune your sight, however you probably won’t need to do very much.

    STEP THREE

    In the previous steps we were concentrating on moving the entire sight in order to sight in your 30yd pin, now with your 30 yd pin set and all ready to go we can now focus on your individual pins. This process will take a bit of time but basically you are just going to move forward or back depending on the pin that you are working with and moving the pin up or down to get the desire shot placement for that yardage.

    Do this for the rest of your distances leaving your 30yd pin alone. In doing it this way you avoid setting up the 10, 20 yd pins and then realizing that the entire sight has to go up or down and then once doing so having to re sight in the 10, 20 yrd pins. This saves a lot of time and frustration. Once all your pins are set you are now sighted in and ready to go.

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    How to Make a Simple Archery Target

    Archery targets come in all shapes and sizes as well as different materials. These however can become pretty costly. The good thing is, is that you can build a target out of inexpensive materials and it takes hardly anytime at all.

    1. What you need to do is get a hold of a burlap sack(coffee bean sacks work very well), it should be about 2.5 ft in width and 3.5 ft in height.

    2. Next you’re going to need about 15-20lbs of rags/old clothing. If your wondering where to get these you can go to a thrift store, 2nd hand store, salvation army store etc and if they receive clothing that is in too rough of shape to sell then they throw it out.

    3.Take the rags and stuff that bag until it is just below the top of the bag, making sure that you get as many rags as possible in there.

    4. Take the top of the bag and seal it. You can do this by threading small rope through the holes of the bag. And there you have it your very own target.

    It’s important to note that this target is only good for field points and will not be able to handle any kind of broadheads, including expandable.

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    How to Determine your Drawlength

    Determining your draw-length is a crucial part of archery. If you have a bow that is too long or short in draw-length your shot will be negatively affected. It is a very easy process to find your draw-length and I will show you in these next few steps.

    1. What you need is an arrow shaft with no point on it.

    2. Get a tape measure and mark lines on the arrow for every inch after 15″.

    3. When you have finished marking the arrow, your going to take the arrow and place the back end of it in the part of your neck just above your collar bone.

    4.Then extend both of your arms until they are at a comfortable length. Make sure you do not try to stretch your arms out for added length you just want it so that your arms are stretched to a comfortable length.

    5.Record the results of your measurement.

    This measurement represents your “true draw-length” However when purchasing a bow you need a bow that will be 1″ less than your “true draw”.  Knowing this measurement will ensure that you get a bow that not only fits you but has the potential to maximize your shooting potential.

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    How to Determine your Dominant Eye

    Just like hunting with a gun, in archery you will need to determine which eye is your dominant eye for shooting a bow.  This is a very simple yet effective tutorial that will teach you how to easily determine your dominant eye.

    1. Make a triangle with both of your hands by overlapping your thumbs and the top half of your fingers.

    2 Put your arms out in front of you and pick a target in the distance to look at

    3 Look through the triangle made by your hands and look at the target.

    4 Keep your hand-triangle small enough so that only one eye will be able to look through it when your hand has reached your face.

    5 Keep both eyes open throughout this procedure.

    6 Move your hands back to your face, still looking at the target through your hands. Make note as to which eye you find your hands gravitating towards.

    7 Just to make sure you can repeat the process, holding the triangle at arms distance again and closing your non-dominant eye. The target should remain centered in the opening.

    The result will be your dominant eye which means that this is the eye that you will be aiming with when shooting your bow.

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