Bow Hunting – The Primal Way to Hunt

March 28, 2009 by Bowhunter  
Filed under The Primal Way to Hunt

Hunting with a bow has become a very popular sport and once you try it, you will know why. Hunting with a bow forces you to connect with your game and your environment in a way that rifle hunting never will. Bow hunting today requires the same skills perfected in the dim mists of time by ancient hunters using stone tipped arrows. Bow hunting is the primal way to hunt.
If you're new to bow hunting, there are a few things you will need to know before you will be ready to take to the field.
1) Keep it legal - Be sure to know and understand all the hunting and legal regulations for your state and municipality. Hunting seasons and bow regulations vary from state to state and sometimes from county to county. Check with your state fish and game commission for the laws in your area. Here is a listing of all the various state commissions: State Fish and Game Commissions
A license is always required so be sure to get yours well in advance of hunting season. Many states require you to complete a hunter safety course before obtaining a hunting permit so be sure to plan well in advance.
2) It's All About the Bow - The bow is the basic piece of Archery Hunting Equipment so take your time to research and learn everything you can about bows. There are many types and styles to choose from and they each have their strengths and weaknesses. Here are the four basic bow types:
  • Longbow - also called straight bows and stick bows. This is the most basic bow design. English style longbows are usually five to six feet long and are traditionally made from yew wood.
  • Recurve - the recurve bow has ends which curve away from the shooter, creating more tension in the drawn bow and hence a faster arrow. Because of their relatively compact form, recurve bows are usually more suitable when the hunters will be moving through brush or riding horseback.
  • Compound bow - compound bows are highly engineered bows that use the mechanics of pulleys and the power of spring steel to launch a high speed arrow. Compound bows need to be carefully tailored to the shooter, so informed selection is essential. Get the help of a professional when selecting your first compound bow.
  • Crossbow - Crossbows are bows mounted on a stock and they fire with a trigger like a gun. Many states regulate crossbows differently than other bows, so be sure to check your local regulations before buying a crossbow. Because of their "point and shoot" design, crossbows are the easiest bows to use and require less practice to be effective hunting weapons.
3) Arrows and Points - The type of bow you select will have a bearing on the type of arrow you select, so be sure to ask what types of arrows are recommended when you purchase your bow. The most popular choices for arrows are wood, aluminum, and carbon fiber. There may be regulations controlling which types of arrows you can use in your area so be informed. The points you use depend on the type of shooting you will be doing. Field points are used for practice and small game. Broadheads are used for hunting and larger game. Special points are used for bow fishing and other specialized types of hunting.
4) Join a club - Archery and bow hunting clubs are an excellent source of fun and information. Your fellow members will gladly help you get started and will be your best resource for discovering where to go and what to do. Some clubs even have their own exclusive hunting areas reserved for club use only.
You may be one of today's high-tech bowhunters tricked out with all the latest gear, but you're still a bow hunter and once you're tracking game or sitting in a blind, and then sighting in on your game, the thrill of the hunt is the connection you have with ancient hunters using stone tipped arrows. Bow hunting is primal hunting, regardless of the gear you're using.

Bow Hunting - The Primal Way to Hunt