Bowhunting

November 21, 2009 by Bowhunter  
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bowhuntingThe changes in design of the bow and arrow has occurred over thousands of years, but it has only been in the last few decades that major modern technological advances have been made in the bows used for bowhunting deer.

In the past, longbows and recurve bows were the bows of choice for for whitetail deer hunters. Today the current sport of bowhunting has changed completely due to the overwhelming use of the compound bow as most hunters choice for their bow hunting equipment.

Through the use of cables and pulleys, the design of the bow is such that the hunter can pull back the bow through its draw weight and then the action of the pulleys allows the pull needed to hold back before the shot to be highly reduced. This effect is commonly called 'let off' and allows the bow to be held at full draw with considerably less effort than standard bows.

the compound bow allows a much higher level of accuracy that previous bow designs. The amount of reduction in the amount of force needed to hold the bow at full draw is typically 50% to 65% of the bows designed draw weight. Some extreme bows claim let off in the 90% range.

These changes in bow design have made the compound bow an extremely accurate tool when bow hunting deer. Combined with modern technology in material design both for the bow and arrows, accuracy and ease of use has increased orders of magnitude over previous bow types. A compound bow has many advantages. It is lighter in weight, shorter and easier to carry and maneuver, and made of materials that require less care and worry about being damaged by the elements.

Accessories for the compound bow include trigger releases, different types of sights including cross hair and pin sights, stabilizers or v-bars which help to stabilize the bow before the shot, and various specialized arrow rests that help ensure accuracy.

There are many different variations of styles, sizes, draw weights, pulley configurations and types of compound bows available today. Bows are designed with the end use in mind as well as the size and physique of the hunter. Bows for hunting whitetail deer do not need to have the power of those that a hunter might use for bear or other big game animals.

The experience and guidance of other accomplished bow hunters is of major help if you are first looking to get a bow. Do your research before you make a decision. While low price is always attractive, try to acquire the highest quality bow that fits in your budget.

The sport of bowhunting deer is one of the most enjoyable outdoor hunting sports. The season is long, much longer than for gun hunting, and the quiet times in the woods when you are on a hunt can be an extremely agreeable and gratifying experience.

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Crossbow Question?

June 2, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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josh m asked:


I have recently torn my rotator cuff so my bowhunting just got put on hold I know I need permission to use a crossbow from the wild life folks what is a decent crossbow that won't break the bank and how do I get it shipped to me in NC will the wild life people get me permission? Thanx for ur help & knowledge!

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Need a gift for younger bro?

June 2, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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Sarah asked:


My brother is 12, and won't tell me what he wants for Christmas! Whenever I ask he says 'I don't know...'. I want to get him something a little more original than an iTunes gift card, but can't think of anything! He's really into big game bowhunting, loves his dogs, works outside all the time... (he's really buff for a 12 yr old!), blah, blah, blah. Does anyone have any gift ideas? He has a WII, ipod nano, laptop, playstation, and a totally kick-butt bow. I want to go shopping this weekend, while he's gone (hunting, of course). Any help is appreciated! Thanks!!!

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How do i get a deer in closer?

May 31, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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Matt T asked:


hi. im a huge bow hunter. ive been bowhunting for about 2 years now in IL and it seems to be very challenging, which i like. every time i am in my stand it seems lk all the deer wont come within 35-40 yards. i need to try to get them in 30 yards. i used calls and antlers and nothing seems to work. and its illegal to bait. i spray my cloths with scent and put deer urine scents 20 yards from me. it seems lk none of that will work. im wondering if u got any advice u can give me to get them closer? if so please tell me everything u do to get them closer

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Is Scent Lok a must when bowhunting?

May 31, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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hunter_dude234@rocketmail.com asked:


Im 13 and dont quite fit into the smallest scent lok or scent blocker size. They dont make youth clothing which sucks so do you think i should try to look in womens or should i just use spray? I could wear womens underlayers i guess.

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Where to put my treestand?

May 28, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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Unknown Truth asked:


Alright guys, here is the situation. On the property that I hunt, there are a few different locations in which would normally be very good for deer hunting. However, I am after one deer in particular. He is a wiley one. I see him all year except for during hunting season. There are an abundance of trails that the deer walk, and I can take several of them, but this guy is 6 years old now. I have been watching him since he was a fawn. He has a white spot on his left shoulder so I know it is the same deer. He was a twin, but somehow the other one just disappeared about 3 years ago maybe someone else got that one. He has a very nice rack, and is fully mature. I saw him not too long ago, and is a very impressive 10 or 12 point. I saw clearly 5 points standing on each antler, but it was a quick view, so he might have more. He lives on my and a neighbors property, which I have permission to hunt. I have a funnel to a food plot, but when deer season opens he just isn't there. There is another funnel that is used quiet often too, and I seen several deer during past hunting seasons on this trail. The problem with the two funnels is this, for some reason the wind changes radically, and the one deer I want keeps eluding me during season.

Last year, I hunted for him all season, and the very next day after hunting season closed, he walked to about 20 feet from me! Talk about frustration!

I have tried setting up near water where I have seen him drinking, and I have set up less than 50 yards from where I have seen him bed. I have set up on the funnels, and I set up at the wood lines where he eats the rest of the year on acorns. I'm out of ideas now as to where to set up to get this majestic animal. I am very successful with getting other deer, but how can I get this one to come near me? I normally hunt with a bow because I have a lot longer season bowhunting, but even with a rifle, he just isn't there for me to put the crosshairs on. Where does he go? I can understand the patterns change during the rut, and that he goes nocturnal after pressure is on, but on opening week of bow season? There are only 3 hunters that are on the property, and we stay well away from one another, but even the other guys don't see him either. Do you have any ideas? It is illegal to bait in Alabama, so that is not an option, but I doubt it would help with this guy anyways. Any tips would be appreciated. Bow season starts Oct 15, and the rut here is in Jan.
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Mountain lion problems?

May 28, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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Will asked:


Okay, this is the horse that swallowed the fly situation here...
The game commission brought coyotes into my home state (Pennsylvania) and now that the coyotes are over populating, they "introduced" 2 mountain lions to the ravine thats on my property..

Now, the true question is, can I kill either of these mountain lions in a non self defense situation? And can I apply to carry a weapon of defense while bowhunting?

Please only answer if you know what your talking about, and please no stupid answers.. the last thing I want is to have to shoot the leapords that are hunting the mountain lions that are hunting the coyotes that hunt the deer....

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Broadhead for Turkeys?

May 27, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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rj_lefty3 asked:


I'm new to bowhunting turkeys and I was just wondering about what type of broadhead is best for my setup. I shoot a Bowtech TomKat set at 55 pounds at 29" draw. For deer I use NAP Spitfire 100 grain broadheads and from what I've experienced with them, they're devastating. I know NAP makes the "Gobbler Getter", the same broadhead only designed with a blunter head, but I'm wondering if it would be worth the switch, or I wouldn't get enough penetration.

I was also looking at the Aftershock Hypershock Gobbler broadhead. It seems like it would be an effective turkey broadhead. What do you guys think?

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What is your view on crossbows? At least in archery season?

May 26, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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Matt M asked:


Hi, I'm 18, and I have been a bow hunter for 5 years now. I have always used a compound longbow, and was never a fan of a crossbow. I think that a crossbow is more of a rifle than a bow (of course it shoots and arrow and does not use a bullet) but I can't stand the thought of someone sitting aiming a mounted arrow and calling that 'bowhunting'. Bowhunting is about having enough skill to blend with the enviornment but still draw back a bow and have enough talent to aim correctly. I don't think crossbows should be allowed to people unless they are under the age of 15 or unless the person using it is incapable of using a compound bow. I'm justin wondering... does anyone else feel the same way I do about crossbows and bowhunting, or am I just being stubborn? Thanks... all comments are welcome.
No, my bow is a Mathews Drenalin LD, and I use Rage 2 blade expandable broadheads. lol

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Which Bow Should I Get?

May 25, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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SamB asked:


i want to get in to bowhunting but im not sure which bow i should get

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