In USA, bow hunting is a popular topic – even among beginner hunters. Viewed worldwide and even in this country, it is growing continuously. We summarize the easiest way to get into bow hunting, what you should fundamentally know about and what you need for it.
New to bow hunting – how do you start?
Whether you are an experienced rifle hunter or a complete novice, bow hunting is an area in itself, which is often the biggest hurdle to get into. Because – in USA hunting with bows and crossbows is legal. However, each State has its own specific regulations.
Depending on what you have chosen for example crossbow or compound bow, you do not need any previous knowledge. When you have obtained your bow hunting license, you can ready to go. However, inform yourself thoroughly beforehand about the respective country-specific conditions.
The same basic rules: safe and proper
Of course, the two most important principles also apply to bow hunting:
The animal must be killed properly.
The safety for you and your surroundings always comes first. This situation practic is much more important. You need to learn how to use a bow correctly because it is very different from using a firearm.
Differences from rifle hunting
Probably one of the biggest challenges in bow hunting is that you have to get very close to the animal. You won’t shoot nearly as far with a bow as you would with a rifle. Depending on their accuracy, professional shooters recommend a maximum distance of about 25 meters. The distance ultimately depends on your bow and your ability.
While you can pull the trigger in a fraction of a second with a loaded rifle, you still allow for the time to tension the string with the hunting bow. Due to the proximity to the animal, you must not make any noise and you also need sufficient muscle strength. Ultimately, both come with practice.
Hunting bows and broadheads are essential
If you have the classic idea of the bow hunting in your head – you can use any type. However, there is a popular type: the compound bow. It makes use of the pulley system, looks very modern, and requires less traction from you for the same kinetic energy.
If you are not familiar with archery, all of the arrow-related terms and numbers will likely sound like hieroglyphics to you. But don’t worry, the expert manufacturers will help you to provide detailed instructions. It is important that you use special broadheads. These are heavy and have several extremely sharp cutting edges.
5 key tips to improve your bow hunting technique with extreme concentration.
Knowing how to adapt to the environment
During a hunting season, you will have to evolve in different biotopes and face changing situations. To do this, you have to observe your environment and try to analyze the flight of the game.
It is essential for the success of an archery trip to master and know your equipment. A weekly or even daily training is absolutely necessary if you want to acquire an optimal precision.
Wind and smell
Always take into consideration the direction of the wind and put these hunting clothes away from unpleasant odors to avoid being spotted by game.
Location and observation
Make sure you have a compact pair of binoculars with you that you can slip into your pocket or backpack. It is very useful for correctly identifying the game arriving on your post.
Choose your job
Ideally, you should not stand directly on the flow of animals but close (10-15 m). Be careful not to make a sudden gesture when cocking your bow. If you have a compound bow, it is best to cock when the animal is about fifty yards away so that you are not detected before it comes within range of the bow.
To prepare well for your next hunting season, there are a few things that need to be addressed.
First element: the rope
What does your rope look like? Personally, I recommend to replace the rope every year and then use the rope from the previous year as a backup. Be sure to install the new rope before you start to exercise to make sure it is stretched correctly.
Second element: the arrow rest
Now look at your arrow rest. Does it need to be replaced (the mat and the side plate)? Keeping a few spare parts on hand for quick repairs is always a good idea.
Prepare your hunting arrows
Now is a good time to take inventory of your arrows. I like to shoot with natural feather arrows because they are silent. However, before the start of the season, I advise you to apply a coat of waterproofing on your feathers and on the fletching of all your arrows. This method helps protect them from sudden downpours.
Check your hunting quiver
Is your quiver still in good condition? Perhaps now is a good time to look to change. Each year, the various archeries improve the bow hunting equipment. Take a look and find out what’s new and exciting. The Internet is an excellent source of information for modern archers.
Boots should be oiled and tried on to make sure they still hold. Also, you might remember some of the issues you encountered last year or want to buy back a new pair.
It’s always annoying when you’re on the hunt you’re cold or wet… so don’t hesitate to expend money to buy good quality clothes. They keep releasing lighter and warmer. Just like our women, we never have everything we need when it comes to clothing.
Bow hunting: training is essential
Now the most important part of the pre-season preparations is practice. When the hunting season is just a few months away, you should start to take it very seriously. Trying to practice with the same excitement you feel while hunting is impossible. Try to shoot as much as possible, for example shooting in the morning before work and in the evening after work.
Basic Question answer of Bow hunting
What is the particular challenge of bow hunting?
As already mentioned, the short distance you need to shoot makes this type of hunting challenging. In addition, when the game stands wide at a short distance, you have to pull out the bow noiselessly and as slowly as possible. All of this requires enormous self-discipline and experience.
What types of hunting can you practice with the bow?
Many hunters sit with the arch from the Tree stand, a small open tree stand that is mounted in the tree above. He is secured with a safety belt and a rope on the tree.
It is also possible that game will come within shooting distance from the ground. Especially when doing this, you have to remain completely motionless and prepare your place very well for the last slow movements.
Sometimes stalking is also an option. However, this only makes sense if you don’t make any noise when walking and the surface is damp. You have to move extremely slowly and carefully and after 2-3 steps pause and search the area. Because of the short shooting distance, stalking is almost impossible.
What is the main difference between rifle and bow hunting?
The main difference is the shooting distance. With the bow, you should limit yourself to a maximum of 25 meters shooting distance. With the rifle, you have completely different hunting options.
The bow must first be drawn before shooting. This makes it very difficult for most beginner hunters. In addition, this must take place extremely slowly and silently when the animal is no more than 25 meters wide. On the other hand, the rifle can be fired at the touch of a finger with a little know-how.
The bow does not make a bang when shooting an arrow. There is a soft “plop”, which is alien to the game at this short distance and sometimes causes it to jump off. If sows are eating and not quietly at the same time, it may well be that they cannot hear the arrow shot at all.
How effective is bow hunting compared to other methods?
When looking at “effective” in terms of wildlife management, rifle hunting is paramount. If kills have to be made because of damage caused by browsing or the like, this can most likely be done more effectively with the bullet. The range and field of application of the rifle is greater.
If one considers “effective” in terms of the killing effect, hunting with a bow and arrow is similar to that of many bullets. Experience has shown that the escape routes are well below 60 meters.
How do you become a bow hunter?
In many countries around the world, a hunting license from the country of origin is required.
Once you have this, the first step is to learn how to archery. I advise a beginner to use a compound bow with a sight and release, as he can learn perfect shooting and hit in a few weeks. In contrast, with a traditional wooden bow without a visor, which is shot instinctively, you have to train much longer before you are so accurate.
Hunters who shoot regularly with the rifle can immediately handle the compound bow very well. You already have the basic knowledge of shooting. Sighting using a peep and sighting is very similar to sighting using a telescopic sight – only without magnification. If a release is used, a light index finger pressure is enough to release the tendon and thus set the arrow on its way.
For the beginning, it is advisable to take an entry-level model, which is clearly and easily adjustable in the extension length and the extension weight.
We wish you a lot of fun discovering the fascinating bow hunt and hunting salvation!