Bow hunting for whitetail deer is a great way to spend time in the woods as well as a great way to fill the freezer with venison. Bow season generally provides an opportunity for hunters to spend time in the woods without much competition. The combination of a n exciting hunt and some alone time in the woods makes bow hunting for whitetail deer a great experience. Here are ten tips to improve your deer hunting this year.
The most important tip by far is to practice, practice, and practice some more. While a bow is not difficult to shoot it is certainly harder than a gun. Add the excitement of the hunt and mistakes can happen.
Be certain to practice with your hunting broadheads as they will fly different than field points. Many manufacturer’s make practice points that fly just like the actual hunting point.
Have your bow set to a reasonable draw weight. Many deer hunters set their bow’s to the highest draw weight. The most important factor in bow hunting is shot placement. Be comfortable drawing, holding, and shooting your bow. If you can’t handle the maximum draw weight then lower it.
Check out your hunting clothes before heading to the woods to bow hunt for deer. Bulky clothes can get in the way of the bow string. Get these problems worked out before going hunting.
Practice determining range for your shots. Though all shots at deer with a bow are short range estimating range with a bow is of key importance.
If you are going to be bow hunting from a ground stand or tree stand, measure distance from the stand and learn the distances or place markers.
While most bow hunters take care of their own camouflage well, many will overlook their bow. Look at your bow from the front and side and be certain there are no shiny surfaces or unnecessarily bright colors. Arrow fletching that is colorful is helpful in watching the arrow on the way to the deer and finding the arrow. Don’t worry too much about the bright fletching just keep movements slow.
Have a plan for what you are going to do with the things you carry into the woods. Having a pair of binoculars, grunt call, and other things hanging around your neck is fine when rifle hunting, but it can be a disaster while bow hunting. Items hanging around your neck can get tangled in the string throwing off your shot and can even cause injury to the hunter.
The final tip is to never take shots that aren’t almost certain. Sometimes things go wrong but don’t take a shot you are not comfortable with taking. Trying to finish off a wounded deer with a bow can be an ordeal. Take only good shots and lessen the chance of this happening to you.
Bow hunting for deer is a great way to hunt and can be an efficient way. Get plenty of practice and be 100% prepared when you hit the woods.