The season is approaching and we want to get our trophy. With these simple tips you will have a better chance of success the next time you go bow hunting.
Increase Your Confidence
Despite what they say, one way to increase confidence is to shoot less. Excessive practice can wear down muscles and make you mentally affected, reducing your concentration when shooting. You’ll simply shoot better when you’re fresh and strong.
If you don’t believe me, take a week off, then shoot 20 arrows, do your best to shoot each arrow with full concentration and wait a couple of minutes between each shot. I bet you’ll have one of your best rounds.
Of course, this only applies to those who shoot all year round and take archery and bow hunting very seriously. This type of training can also work wonders to control the famous buck fever.
Use Compact Knives
The fixed and compact knives, allow you to tune your bow more easily and quickly, shoot like mechanical knives and have a deadly penetration. However, beware of some models, particularly those with larger cutting diameters, approximately 1 3/16-inch or more.
In these models the blades have very pronounced angles and can be a problem for bow hunting in shots where we do not have totally side to side the animal, this can cause the energy of the arrow to be diverted from the point of impact.
It also increases the possibility of the arrow bouncing back, if there is an impact with the rib or shoulder bone. Make sure the blades are sharp and durable.
Maintain Your Aperture
All great archers use a good form of shooting, and good form begins with the use of a bow that fits well. The most important variable here is the length of opening.
An opening too long can hyperextend the arms and muscles, preventing you from tightening the back, this tension is necessary to keep firm the pressure on the rope. With too short an opening you will feel shrunk, this causes a variety of problems, such as tracking errors and/or errors in releasing.
Having The Best Arch Performance
If a bow were an automobile, then its ropes would be the transmission box, the steering wheel look and the tire shelf. If one does not work properly, the arrow will not hit the target. The key is to keep these mechanisms in perfect condition.
During bow hunting, your equipment can be exposed to extreme conditions or rough use, durability is of paramount importance. For this reason, use the best accessories available within your budget in an effort to keep everything absolutely consistent. Another thing I do that is very important; once my ledge and sights are adjusted, I make several marks with my knife at key locations along the vertical and horizontal adjustment bars.
That way, if something moves, I’ll know by checking my marks and I’ll be able to adjust them without the need to shoot. You can also use markers or markers, however, keep in mind that ink can fade, especially in humid climates.
If you’re one of those who likes to stalk when you’re bow hunting, brilliant equipment and accessories can ruin your chances of success. I once climbed a hill while a friend watched. Several hundred feet away, I couldn’t see my camouflaged body and bow, but the bright arrows in my quiver betrayed my position.
Bright and dazzling objects are unnatural in nature, outside of a wet rock or stream. When a deer sees an unusual flash in the distance, you can bet you’ll have all their attention.
Travelling light is good, but leaving your binoculars is a big mistake. For bow hunting on meadows and plains, the benefits of binoculars are quite obvious. But for bow hunting in forests, jungles or places where there is more enclosed vegetation, the advantages are not so obvious.
However, experienced hunters know the importance of good optics. The key to hunting from a spiadero is to be prepared and ready to release the arrow. For example, if you are in your spiadero in a place full of trees and you see a deer chasing a deer (Do you know what to call the deer?).
You probably have very little time to shoot and because of the trees you also have little room to shoot the deer. The last thing you need to ask yourself is if that deer is a good size and if it’s worth hunting or not. This is where binoculars help. As soon as you see the deer, take a look at it with your binoculars so you can tell whether or not it’s the trophy you’re waiting for.
Use The Right Color On Your Arrows
Bow hunters love the idea of using bold, fluorescent colors to find their arrows easily. However, deer can detect these bright colors, especially at dusk or dawn, when these colors are seen even more. It is best to use opaque colors (such as dark orange or red).
Practice Shooting At Short Distances
Short distance shots are excellent for integrating the right shooting form, especially for bow hunting. Do this with your eyes closed on a blank bale until you feel the shot. This is the feeling you want to duplicate with each shot. However, once you move backwards to shoot a target, you may find it difficult to feel the shot again.
If this happens, come closer and start practicing at 10 or 15 meters, and shoot at a larger target marks, such as a spray-painted circle. From this distance, your mind will be less anxious about the movement of the sight, allowing you to focus on the feel of the shot once again.
The large circle you painted will also prevent you from finding a small point you can aim at, keeping your sight floating freely while you concentrate on executing a good feeling shot. This will increase familiarity with the alignment of the peep-sight and pin when shooting at longer distances. This is vital for long distance bow hunting.
Avoid The Greatest Stalking Sin
Many bow hunters like to stalk before knowing the exact location of the animal they are looking for, a tendency usually caused by over-excitement or over-confidence. In the distance you can perceive the terrain in one way, but when you start walking on it it will look very different.
For this reason, you should carefully examine the terrain, inside and out. The best way to plan your route is to take key reference points, such as trees, rocks, shrubs, etc. (I recommend the science of deer smell). This will help you get around once you start stalking.
Use protruding objects with unusual shapes or unique colors. Also, never select a single reference point, but two, three, or more. Choose the quietest and safest route, keep the wind at your back and retrace it as fast as you can.
Master Your Rangefinder
In bow hunting you have to make quick shots, so a rangefinder out of your reach is quite useless. To make quick and effective use of your rangefinder, wear it in a kangaroo or around your neck for easy grasping.
Make sure its case is quiet and not too tight. I prefer to wear my rangefinder around my neck with a short cord. It’s just above my binoculars. That way, in the blink of an eye, I can grab it, use it, release it and shoot.
Practice these tips to be more efficient in the hunt.
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