Hunters can largely be split up into two categories; those who use a bow and those who use a gun. Sometimes, it’s easier to learn how to use a gun than a bow, and that’s because it takes hours and hours of practice to master the latter.
Besides, the hunting equipment that one needs, in this case, doesn’t end with just the bow. Hunters also need arrows, broadheads, and an archery bag target, especially when starting out.
Therefore, someone looking into taking up bowhunting needs to be aware of the fact that it isn’t one of the cheapest sports ever to have been invented. Sure, it does have its perks, and it does allow you to spend more time in nature and get connected with your roots. It might even put food on the table if your skills are getting better and better.
Modern archery equipment can cost a few bucks, and if you have no one that can give you some advice as to which type you need depending on the hunting conditions and your target game, we suggest starting at your local pro shop. Just have a talk with a seller or consultant, and you’ll find out more than you’ll expect.
Something else that we have to add is that you need to blend in the environment as good as possible. What this means is that you should forego hunting jackets that come in pink. Many manufacturers seem to think that the hunting clothes they produce and market for women have to be girly.
That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Lacking stealth is one of the greatest sins because the whole point of hunting in the first place, be it with a gun or a bow, is to remain hidden from the game. Otherwise, the animal will catch sight of you and will likely become scared and run away before you even get the chance to pull the trigger.
To maximize your bowhunting success, we recommend practicing in your backyard for several months. It’s rather easy to set up a whole ensemble for this purpose, but just make sure that it is not located in an area where it could endanger the safety of your neighbors or people passing through the neighborhood.
Once you’ve completed your two to three months of backyard archery training, it would be a good idea to do the same in the environment where you’ll be doing your hunting. What this means is that you need to suit up and get all your gear and then go to the woods or wherever you intend to hunt and start exploring the area. You can use a deer target for practice. What’s more, it really does pay off to do a bit of scouting beforehand as you will be able to learn the area like the back of your hand by the time the season’s open and you’re all excited to get your first prize.