Other than rifle hunting, bow hunting is also categorized as one of the most popular sport especially during the hunting season every year. Bow hunting is basically a method used to hunt your game animal using archery. There are various types of tricks and tips in mastering your bowhunting skills to get ready for the season. In this article, I will share with you the most basic yet essential bowhunting skills.
#1 Choosing the Best Bow and Arrow
First things first, you need to take into consideration the weight of your arrow which should be 6.5 grains of the total weight of bow. Most people always go for lighter arrows with a perception that it will travel at a higher speed. However, you need the right weight and take into account the dynamic spine and static spine.
Carbon arrow types are a good selection as they are durable, solid and perfect for beginners. To select the best bow for you, you need to know your actual draw length. Hence, by determining your proper bow size with the right draw length, you now know the exact size of bow you are looking for.
#2 Working on your Posture
The most common mistake made by archers are placing an improper grip on the bow and arrow when hunting. You need to be in a comfortable position with good leg posture so you can improve your grip while shooting and maintain excellent stability.
The most fundamental basic in bowhunting is squeezing off your shot so you don’t get to determine where your bow will fire. In other words, you should not punch the trigger instead, squeeze it when the pin floats at your desired spot. With this tip and over thorough practices, you will be able to improve your accuracy and consistency of shots in the long run. To further increase your stability, a bow stabilizer does a good job at it.
#3 Know Where to Aim
Make sure to aim for the right parts of the animal’s body when hunting. The most effective shots are at the animal’s main organs which are the hearts and lungs to ensure a quick, painless death for the animal. For larger games, the lungs are the best organ to aim for.
If you don’t hit these organs of the animals you are targeting, they might be seriously injured and experience hemorrhaging due to the substantial amount of blood loss. As a result, they will have a slow lingering death which subjects to extreme cruelty. Therefore, a little patience won’t hurt to ensure a quick and clean kill. In other words, wait until you get a clear shot to the vital organs of your target.
#4 Know your Distance
It is important to keep a safe distance from your targets as most of them are wild animals, for safety purposes. However, you should have a good distance in between yourself and your target to get a good shot with maximum accuracy. You can even hunt from tree stands in which you need to make a declining shot to get your target. Ground blinds on the other hand are also popular when hunting so you can get a closer distance to your target.
The closer your distance, the better you get to aim. So, you should estimate the well thought-out distance you should fire from as it will have a big impact on the accuracy of your shot to bring out your maximum shooting abilities and so your shots are in tighter groups.
#5 Get Familiar
If you are bowhunting in an unfamiliar place, it is best for you to scout around the area to know more about the location. For instance, you will be more aware of the weather, the type and behavioral nature of the game you are hunting if you scout the area beforehand. You will also familiarize yourself with the routes and different terrains in the woods you plan to hunt in.
Hence, you will know what to expect during the real deal. Knowing the behavior of your game is essential so you can take a shot at the right moment, when they are calm, relaxed and unsuspecting mostly so it is a lot easier for you to take a shot with your game not moving around.
#6 Keep a Hunting Log
Having a hunting journal will come in handy if you are a frequent hunter. Usually, information such as harvests, deer activity and weather conditions are recorded each time you go hunting if you tend to forget them on top of countless hunting activities. In other words, you will have ample information recorded to analyze and revisit to plan your hunts better in the near future.
You should keep your log detailed with as much information as possible because you will most likely refer to it more than one time. Also, with a detailed log, you are able to analyze factors affecting your hunting at a certain location.
#7 Use Game Calls or Attractants
A game call is an electronic device used to imitate sounds animal noises to attract game to you so you can hunt with ease. Usually, game calls includes many types of animal noises in which you are able to choose according to the type of game you plan to attract. Or you can make your own game call with the old-fashioned way, using your hand and mouth.
The electronic game call comes in handy in terms of safety and consistency. This is because the hunter is able to displace himself/herself away from the game. In terms of consistency, game calls provide constant noises as compared to the old-fashioned handheld or mouth-blown self-made noises. For attractants on the other hand, you should consider using tarsal glands for instance which secretes a similar odor produced by deer when hunting.
In a nutshell, you can be a better hunter by the next season if you heed to all these 7 tips shared. Practice makes perfect, therefore you need to get good and intensive practice to improve the consistency and accuracy of your shot. Also, be open to spontaneous hunting so you can get the most out of your hunting journey.
Author Bio: John Lewis is an outdoorsman that blogs about his hunting and survival wilderness tips and experiences over at his blog, Epic Wilderness.