If you’re serious about increasing your odds of filling your bow tag this season, then check out these bowhunting tips that will help you when you get that shot opportunity.
Most bow hunters should already be practicing shooting form and accuracy drills. However most archers practice the same shots over and over again. If you are shooting the same distances and shot angles your not making the most of your range time. You’re shooting your bow, but you’re not doing much to prepare yourself for field conditions. Check out this article for some archery drills that will help you better prepare for this upcoming hunting season.
Shoot Your Broadheads
Very few bowhunters take the time to shoot their broadhead of choice, before opening day (or anytime for that matter) and it’s a terrible mistake. Even mechanical heads that are touted to fly like field points, will impact a little bit off the mark. The only way to know for certain where your fixed or mechanical blade head is going to hit, is to shoot it a few times before going afield.
Your Hunting Set
A lot of bowhunters prep there hunting stand sites at least a month before season opens, which is a good thing. Be sure to cut your shooting lanes, hunt downwind of where the deer will be and set your stand up for comfort. The more comfortable your sitting chair is the longer you can hunt without moving around. Be sure to have a bow holder so you can have your bow at the ready position with a arrow nocked and loaded. All the little details will help your hunt be more successful
Cover Scent and Concealment
It is imperative to get close to your game when bowhunting and often overlooked is scent control. Be sure to spray down with scent control or use a natural scent cover up such as a cedar branch before heading to your stand. Covering up your scent will help you fool the nose of a mature whitetail but it is not enough. You need to blend in to your surroundings with camouflage clothing that matches the terrain. Another important thing to remember about your camo clothes is to make sure your using the right material for the temperatures in your hunting area. You don’t want to be sweating in some winter camo while it is 80 degrees out. I highly recommend you cover your face, hands and full body for ultimate concealment.
Patience is a big variable when bowhunting. It is our job as hunters to make a clean ethical kill shot on a legal deer. Know the rules in the state your hunting inside and out. Often times hunters will get anxious when a deer is in the shooting zone but be patient. Come to full draw when the deer is not looking your direction, wait for the perfect shot opportunity to release your arrow. I have had bigger bucks come in while being patient and waiting for the perfect shot opportunity.
Hopefully you are utilizing all these bowhunting tips for success afield this bow season. Let us know what you do to prepare for a successful archery season in the comments below.
Good luck to all my fellow archers hitting the woods this fall.