Bored of killing the poor animals of the animal kingdom with rifles and shotguns?
Would you rather take on the challenge of successfully beating the game with a bow and arrow?
If so, this is the guide for you!
Bowhunting offers a very different experience from traditional hunting with a firearm.
Even though the entirety of the hunting process is fundamentally similar, the whole dynamic of the hunt changes once you go from pulling a trigger, to drawing and releasing an arrow.
Don’t be mistaken, if you aren’t prepared before you take off, your hunting trip will end in failure and you will return home empty-handed.
Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered!
By the time you’re done reading this, you will be ready to take on anything. So, without further ado, let’s get into it! Shall we?
Get a Hang of the Bow First
Before you even consider going bowhunting. You must learn the ropes of shooting a bow and arrow.
If you are still unfamiliar with this process, it can be summed up into the following steps:
These are the four basic steps to handling a bow and arrow.
When nocking an arrow, there are two major things that you must think about.
Firstly, you want to place the arrow neatly on the arrow-rest of the bow. If your bow doesn’t have an arrow-rest, there will most likely be a groove in your bow, in which you place the arrow.
Secondly, you’d want to line up the rear of the arrow with the bow-string. There is supposed to be a small groove at the rear-part of the arrow, the string should be inside of the groove.
Drawing the bow, may be a bit more complicated than it seems, for a beginner.
Mastery will come with time and practice, but you should make sure that you get the fundamentals right when starting out.
This step is arguably the hardest among the four, but you will do well if you keep the following points in mind when drawing the bow:
– When you pull the string, you should feel your back-muscles engage.
– Find your anchor point, this is the point where you stop pulling the string. Your anchor point should have multiple points of contact, to help you deliver consistent shots. A point of contact in the anchor point may for instance be, your hand touching your chin.
– You should find a shooting position that is both comfortable, helps you achieve consistent shots, and minimizes the risk of injury.
There are multiple methods of aiming which you can use to successfully hit any target. You must just find your preferred style and stick to it!
Why do I say this?
Because you should master one method before moving on the next. I do recommend trying out different things in the beginning to find what feels right, but once you decide, stick to the method and master it before moving on to another.
Here are the following methods of aiming:
– Instinctive aiming
– Aiming with a sight
– Aiming without a sight
– Aiming with a peep sight
Finally, you’re going to release the arrow, and hopefully hit the bullseye.
Keep in mind that the release should be very smooth. Let the string slide off your fingertips. Otherwise, you may risk altering the arrow’s trajectory.
Prepare to Hunt
Now as you have gotten the hang of using a bow and arrow, you’re ready to take on some prey.
Generally, you may prepare for bowhunting in the same way that you would prepare for a regular hunt.
Don’t forget the hunting boots, knives, tree-stands, camo-gear, scent-killers and trail cameras. Just to mention a few.
However, the number one thing you should make sure to prepare before leaving, is your hunting bow. After all, that’s what you will be using for the entire hunting trip. The condition of your bow can literally make or break the entire hunt.
Make sure that everything on the bow is pristine and how it’s supposed to be. Damaged parts can even lead to injury if it isn’t assembled correctly, or if anything snaps mid-hunt.
Go for the Kill!
You’re ready to take the shot, but do you even know what you’re doing?
There are some things you should consider before taking the shot, especially if you’re hunting bigger game (like deer). Because a misplaced shot may only wound the animal, it will run off, and spend a long time in agony before inevitably dying.
Therefore, you should be assured that your prey will fall once you take the shot, otherwise you will only cause harm and get nothing in return…
Here is one of the best ways to mitigate the aforementioned problems:
– Close in on the prey a bit. If you’re shooting from afar, the arrow may not hit the prey as hard on impact, and you will be severely increasing your likelihood of missing the intended target/area when shooting.
Keep these tips in mind, stay safe and most importantly, have a fun hunting trip!
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