Deer hunting has evolved significantly over the years. Nowhere is this more evident than in bow-hunting for deer. Advancements in manufacturing and technology have led to the development of sophisticated archery equipment at a reasonable price that can move the odds of harvesting that trophy deer to your favor.
Modern equipment includes compound and recurve bows while more traditional equipment like the longbow is still seen in the field when permitted. Even handicapped hunters who are unable to draw a conventional bow have taken up the sport with the use of crossbows. Some states like Kansas and Minnesota authorize the use of crossbows for everybody throughout the firearm season. Florida, Alabama and Tennessee allow the utilization of crossbows for everybody during archery season.
Most crossbows and bows offer accurate and effective ranges of 30-50 yards and beyond. Archery encompasses a distinct advantage over rifles and guns as archery season typically opens some weeks or perhaps months before an area’s official gun season, and often extends beyond the end of rifle season. This extra time in the field enhances your chances of harvesting that trophy deer.
While many consider archery an option for hunting, you need to bear in mind that it takes hours of practice. Nothing else gets those back muscles strengthened so you can hold the bow at full draw for minutes while waiting for the shot to present itself.
When buying a bow, nothing is more important than getting a bow that fits you. Too long or too short of a draw length will destroy any chance at accuracy. The best option is to patronize a local bow shop where you can talk with someone who understands what you are looking to do and can offer the opportunity to shoot a bow before you buy it. When buying archery equipment, it is better to spend a little too much as opposed to too little. Garage sales are littered with cheap bows. A good quality bow will also have trade in value when you wish to upgrade.
Don’t hesitate to spend a little money on having a peep site installed and get a good sighting system. If money isn’t too tight, there are bow stabilizers and vibration dampening aids on the market that help keep your equipment steady when you are bow-hunting. Wrist slings also are a great addition to increase shooting accuracy.
Take good care of your archery equipment by waxing your bowstring frequently. This prevents the string from fraying and helps it last longer.
Before going hunting, practice, practice practice. Try shooting at different times of the day and at different angles. Practice shooting from your stand. Make sure your camouflage will work where you want to hunt and once you get in your stand, stay there.
In your tree stand, don’t forget to use the safety harnesses properly and follow the manufacturer’s directions for correct use.
The thrill of drawing your bow, releasing the arrow, watching it fly through the air and hitting its target is unmatched in excitement; it’s guaranteed to get you addicted. Good luck in your search for trophy deer and be safe. Take a kid hunting.