5 Things a Beginner Bow Hunter Should Know

Did you know that almost 13 million Americans hunt every year? And 33% of those that hunt have done so with a bow and arrow.

Humans have been bow hunting for thousands of years. And we’ve made some serious advances to our technology.

Long gone are the wooden bows and stone arrowheads of the past. Today’s bow and arrow sets are rigid, flexible, and lightweight. Made from materials like fiberglass and aluminum.

But if you’ve never hunted with a bow, it can be intimidating to start. That’s where we’re here to help. Here is our list of the top 5 things a beginning bowhunter should know.

1. Not every bow is equal.

There’s a bow out there for every size, shape, and style of hunting. But they are not all created equal. Finding the right bow for you takes some time and research.

The most common type of bow for hunting and target shooting is a compound bow. This a lever and pulley bow that uses the force of your pull to propel the arrow.

Some bows shoot fast. Some are very accurate. Others are more comfortable to use.

The point is, you’ll need to test out many different bow styles before you know what works for you. Our advice is to do your research.

Come into our bow shop and test out the goods. Search online for the brand of bow that works best for the qualities you want. Research the types of accessories that others use to make their experience better. Talk to our archery experts. They can steer you in the right direction.

One thing to remember, you get what you pay for when it comes to hunting equipment. So if you’re in this for the long haul, don’t be afraid to splurge on better quality equipment.

2. Practice makes perfect.

Now that you’ve found the right bow, it’s time to practice. Seriously, don’t skimp on this step.

Your first move should be to sight in your bow. This means you’ll need to assemble your sight system. Every sight system is different, depending on what you’ve chosen.

After your bow and sights are assembled, you can start aiming and adjusting. Start off a few meters from your target at first. Then back up as you get more accurate. Most bow sights have adjustments for left and right, up and down, and distance.

Then it’s time to do some more practice. Set up a target and work on your accuracy. Move the target to different distances to give you the most distance practice possible.

Practice makes perfect and with plenty of practice, you’ll be a pro at hitting your mark.

3. Know the rules before you hunt.

Check out the DNR website for your state to be sure you are clear on when, where, and how much you can hunt.

Many states have specific seasons for certain animals. Always know what you’re hunting and when the season is. You never want to shoot something that isn’t in season. It can mean a hefty fine and possible revocation of your hunting license.

Be clear on when you can hunt. Most states require that you hunt after the sun rises and before it sets. Know when your sunrise and sunset are so you don’t make any mistakes.

You also want to pay attention to how many animals you can kill. There is often a limit and you don’t want to get caught over your limit.

4. Safety is non-negotiable.

Get the gear you need to be safe. First, you want to make sure you’ve got the right accessories to keep your body safe from your bow.

A hunting bow is a powerful and dangerous weapon. Chest protectors, arm guards, and finger guards are all a good idea when bowhunting. After practicing with your bow, as we discussed in #2, you’ll know how your bow reacts to the shot and what gear you need.

Then you want to make sure you’re safe in your hunting position. If you’re in a tree stand, always invest in a safety harness to prevent falls. Prepare for the weather with hand warmers or a propane heater.

Abide by the state rules for hunting attire. Wear orange when mandated to keep you safe from other hunters. Bring your rain gear in case of rain. And dress appropriately for cold weather.

Never hunt beyond your means. Test out how far you can walk with your gear before you go out on your first hunting trip. Know your physical limitations when hiking through the woods and climbing trees.

5. Aiming for vital organs is vital.

Remember, you’re aiming for the most humane kill possible. Know the anatomy of the animal you want to hunt. Know how to hit the animal with your arrow to kill them instantly.

Hitting a deer in its vital organs like the heart and lungs will deliver an instant kill. Turkeys, hit right in the middle of the chest, broadside. Every animal is different, so do your research.

Plus, if you wound a quick animal, like a deer, the odds that it will run away are greater. There’s nothing worse than seeing that 10-point buck dash off into the woods, never to be seen again.

Another advantage to the quick kill is that you’ll likely keep the meat intact. Especially with a smaller animal like a turkey.

Start Bow Hunting the Right Way

These are a few of our best tips to start you off on your bowhunting adventure. Get the right gear, know the rules, and always be safe.

If you do it the right way, you’ll find that bow hunting is a fulfilling way to enjoy the outdoors. And if you’re lucky, bag you some delicious wild game!

Check out our hunting page for all the equipment you need to have a successful hunting season.

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