Using a bow and arrow for hunting can be a gratifying experience. As the Native American’s and tribal once hunted and still do, bowhunting offers a different perspective on the hunt. No better or worse with regards to hunting itself, the experiences you have with either weapon are vastly different.
Offering a more primitive hunt, bowhunting comes with its own set of basic know how and need to know information that makes it different from hunting with a rifle, muzzle-loader or shotgun. Experienced hunters will typically hunt with both weapons, but bow hunting makes them an overall better hunter.
Below you will find some tips to help you on your path to learning to hunt with a bow and arrow, whether it becomes your primary hunting weapon or not. Either way, enjoy the journey.
The type of bow you choose isn’t a big factor when you first begin, a economical bow will work just fine for your first one. The technicalities of design and other factors are not necessary when you start, rather you will learn that as you go and then fine tune your setup as you become more knowledgeable.
Be Still the Woods
Is the noise of the bow important when you release that arrow? You are there to hunt and being quiet can mean the difference between success and failure. When selecting a bow, be sure to check out more than just a few. Hold them, shoot them if possible and see how quiet they are. Also, look at how they fit, the weight and draw are essential, the better the fit, the better the shot. If possible, taking a seasoned hunter with you or use the knowledgeable staff at the bow shop to figure what bow works best for you. Find the right bow that fits you will make it much more enjoyable to shoot.
Bells and Whistles
When beginning your journey into archery world, you don’t need to have every fancy bow gadget that is offered. Most of these items won’t make you a better shot at this point. Unique sights are not necessary but having a 3-pin sight that is marked for 20, 30 and 40 yards and is strong and sturdy is an excellent place to start. When you begin, 40 yards is the most you will be shooting, and that maybe a stretch to start.
How to Weigh In
The weight of your arrows plays a big part in your success as an archer, and this selection is factored into the choice of your bow. It is determined by each pound of the maximum draw force for the bow you select; it is measured in grains. Carbon arrows which are the most popular arrow right now would be a great place to start.
There are many factors to consider at the beginning of your bow hunting experience. The tips above are a starting point to help you on the road to success. Having someone to assist you in the process who has hunted before with a bow and arrow, will be a huge asset to you along this journey to becoming a bow hunter. Find a mentor, most bow hunters are happy to help each other and more than happy to get new people into the sports.
Like the Native American’s and Tribal, using primitive weapons can bring out the hunter within us all, connecting present to past on your journey to being successful bowhunter.