Hunting is already challenging enough, but for those who wish to add even more challenge and fun into the mix, bowhunting can do it. If you are a bowhunter or want to be one, here are five great bowhunting tips for big game that will help you this next season!
- Know Your Equipment
Archery equipment can be much harder to learn and be proficient with. So it only makes sense to practice as much as possible before hunting season and know your gear inside and out. The more shooting and practice you have, the more likely you will be able to capitalize on a shot opportunity when it comes along. The last thing you want to do is miss a shot because you have not shot your bow or practiced with it at all!
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- Learn Animal Anatomy
You should study up on your intended prey long before ever heading out to hunt. One of these things that you study should be the animal’s anatomy. Understanding where to aim and hit an animal for the most effective kill is extremely important when it comes to bowhunting. Most bowhunters will target an animal’s lungs, as it gives you the largest lethal area to hit. The goal is always to kill an animal as quickly and ethically as possible, so a little bit of learning here can go a long way.
- Hunt the Wind
While wind is always important in hunting, regardless of the weapon that you are using, it becomes even more important in bowhunting. Veteran bowhunters will regard this as the number one rule, as you must be very close to an animal in order to get a shot with a bow and human odor is very easy for all animals to pick up. If you hunt the wind correctly, you can ensure that you will stay properly hidden from animals and increase your chances of getting a good shot.
- Don’t Get Discouraged
Bowhunting is extremely hard. A shot that you can easily make with a rifle is frustrating to see with a bow in your hands, as you are still nowhere close to getting a shot. Whatever you do, do not get frustrated and give up. Bowhunting takes a lot of persistence in order to find success, but it will feel that much greater when you finally do put all the pieces of the puzzle together and get an archery kill.
- Have Patience
While this is similar to the previous tip, patience is even more important in bowhunting than most realize. Even if you have an animal within bow range, you will still have to exercise patience and wait for it to present you the proper shot. You want them to be broadside and to stop moving. This can be difficult, but it will offer you the best opportunity at a clean kill.
Bowhunting is a great way to challenge your hunting skills and spend more time in the outdoors. If you follow these five tips, you will no doubt find more success this coming hunting season! For more great ideas on how to fish and hunt from the experts, check out the awesome articles on our Bradley Smoker Hunting & Fishing Blog for more great tips & tricks.