Even if you’ve been hunting for years, you are probably used to rifle hunting. Hunting, however, can sometimes be an even more rewarding experience when done with a bow. If you haven’t had much luck bow-hunting in the past, you may be frustrated with the tactic. It can be tricky to pull off a successful hunt if you don’t have enough experience and practice. But if you implement a few rules of thumb, you may be pleasantly surprised as the results.
If you talk to any experienced bow-hunter, they will most likely tell you that it is incredibly important to have patience. Even more so than hunting with a rifle, conditions have to be just right for you to fire a bow, let alone actually hit your target. Bow-hunting is not impossible, but don’t expect to be shooting arrows at deer several times an hour. You may have to wait an extended period of time over multiple outings before getting that perfect shot worth taking.
One of the biggest mistakes that novice bow-hunters make is shooting a bow that won’t clear their stand. The second an arrow comes into contact with anything besides a deer its game over. In addition to your stand, you need to watch out for any branches, bushes, and other obstacles in the path of your shot. You also need to be aware of the wind and the direction it’s blowing. Strong gusts from one direction can throw off your arrow.
Familiarize yourself with these tips, practice with your bow, and you should have no trouble enjoying a successful hunting experience!