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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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    Archery How To – Staying Safe in a Tree stand

    One of the most common ways to bowhunt is in a tree stand due to the need to get closer to animals in order to take a shot.  Tree stands can bring a lot of successful hunts but can also be very dangerous if not handled properly. Every year bowhunters are injured and even killed while setting up, moving around on or getting onto their tree stands. Common injuries include bruises, cuts, broken bones, strains, concussions and more.  Here are some common guidelines on how to stay safe this hunting season so you can see the next.

    Read the Instructions

    I know that as men we don’t like reading instructions, or directions or anything else that may help to speed up the process of doing something (I am definitely guilty as charged).  However, when it comes to tree stand safety it is absolutely imperative that you know the ins and outs of your tree stand before you try putting it up.  The upside to this is that these days a lot of products come with videos so you only have to watch and learn.

    Choose the Right Tree

    This sounds like it would be an obvious point however, it is not uncommon for you to get lost in the moment of finding that “great hunting spot” and decide on using a tree that is a bit less sturdy because it gives a better shot area.  The tree you use should not only be able to hold your weight it should also be sturdy enough that it does not excessively rock or sway when it is windy.  If you notice that a good portion of the tree is dead or dying this could be an indication that the roots are dying and the tree could look and seem stable but could come down in a strong wind.

    Use a harness

    This is an absolute must.  Most if not all deaths are due to falling out of your tree stand. You need to wear a harness when setting up, climbing onto, on your tree stand and when you get down from your tree stand.  It is a bit annoying and can get in the way sometimes however, it can save your life should you suddenly lose your footing and fall.

    Use a Rope to Bring up Equipment

    Getting up into a tree stand can be a chore in itself, let alone trying to carry your equipment up at the same time.  One of the best ways to keep yourself from getting hurt is to tie your equipment to a rope that is tied to your tree stand.  Once you are in your tree stand and have a solid footing start pulling your equipment up to you.  This will help to curb accidental falls, equipment hitting you or getting snagged on branches.

    Apply Grip Tape to Stand and Steps

    Some of tree stands do come with anti slip material on the stand and steps however, if your tree stand does not have any type of non slip material, it is definitely something you should think about.  Many times out hunting there will be rain, snow or dew that can greatly increase the chances of slipping.  Grip tape is not very expensive and can help to keep you safe and alive to see the next hunting season.

    Tree stands are a great tool and asset when it comes to bowhunting and can really help to improve your chances of success in the field.  It is just very important that you treat them with respect and that you don’t take any unnecessary risks as they can become harmful very quickly.

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    Archery Tips – 3 Tips to Easily Pull an Arrow from a Target

    Anybody who has ever shot an arrow into an archery target whether it be a regular square target or a 3D animal has more than likely experienced a situation where it is a struggle to pull the arrow from the target.  This is especially true for newer targets.  Instead of pulling muscles and wrenching your back there are easier ways of getting your arrow out of the target without having to get hurt.  Here are 3 tips that will help you to easily pull your arrow from targets in this situation.

    1. Use Arrow Lube

    Arrow lube works wonders and is a great preventative measure that you can take to help reduce the chances of your arrow becoming bound up and stuck in the target.  It is important that you only place the lube on the first 4 inches or so otherwise will cause too much of the arrow to become slippery making it hard to get a good grip on it.

    2. Twist then Pull

    This is actually a great way to remove an arrow that has become stuck in a target with ease.  The key is to twist to break the “seal” and then pull on the arrow. When using this technique it is important that you have a good grip on your arrow and that you are twisting and pulling the arrow without bending it.

    3. Use an arrow puller

    One of the major keys to the above technique or to pulling an arrow from a target in general is to have a good solid grip on the arrow.  There are plenty of “arrow pullers” out there that you can buy that work very well, however if you’re like me and want a cheap arrow puller use that rubberized foam matting that you would place under objects to keep them from moving.

    Pulling an arrow from a target should not be and doesn’t have to be a strenuous task.  If you use the above tips it will make pulling your arrows from targets a whole lot easier and faster.

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