Whether you are new to hunting, a regular hunter who uses a shotgun and want to go for the bow, or are one of the 18.9 million Americans already participating in the sport, be warned that the bow is the most challenging of all weapons. The bow has been around for a long time, thousands of years in fact, and it is always being perfected. For example, today’s bows are lighter and faster than the bows used by our ancestors who lived in caves. Nevertheless, this noble sport does have some secrets to a successful hunt. Read on for five bow hunting tips for beginners.
1. Choose a bow that is easy to learn with
Learning to hunt with a bow takes time. That’s why beginners should use a compound bow that has peep sight, pin sight, and release. With a bow like this, it is easier for beginners to achieve accuracy. You will find a whole lot of different compound bows with a variety of colors, sizes. But this is more important to choose one that is comfortable especially for the beginners.
2. Know what you’re hunting and where you’re hunting
Before you go on a hunt, study the animal you will be hunting. You will need to know everything about it; how to track it, what it eats, where it sleeps, its strengths and weaknesses, mating rituals, everything. For any hunt to be successful, regarding of the weapon being used, knowing your prey is a must. However, that’s not enough. You also need to know everything about the area where’ll you be hunting and set up your hunting station accordingly. Go in a group who have experiences in this field so you can learn a lot of tricks from them.
3. Practice, practice, practice
It rightly says, “Practice makes a man perfect.” To have a successful first hunt and every hunt after that, practice shooting your bow and arrow at a target as often as you can. You can shoot bales of hay, for example, but store bought targets are the better choice since they are also made to stop the target.
4. Avoid strong, unnatural smells
Avoid using any products that the animal might pick up on with its scents, such as fabric softeners, scented soap, scented lotion or cologne. Some animals have an extraordinary sense of smell and can pick you quickly, so you have to be very careful about that.
5. Wear hunting clothes
Even if you are hunting small game, it is important to wear clothes that help you blend into your environment. Then sit quietly and pay attention.