help—bowhunting starters guide?

December 20, 2010 by Bowhunter  
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Eric M asked:

I have never went hunting b4 but hear all these stories from friends and want to experience it my self -- so asssume you are talking to someone who does not have a clue and give me a step by step of what to do and the order to do it
i know u need a lic. and a bow and camouflage but what else do you need

I can hunt on my dads land but what should i look for when i am "scouting" the land-- what type of signs do deer leave behind letting you know they were here--are these usually found in a field, on the edge of the field,on the edge of the treeline or smack dab in the middle of the forest

and once i find all these signs should i do anything besides put a tree stand in?

again i never went hunting so explain your hunting terms
and explain it in a detailed step by step


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3 Responses to “help—bowhunting starters guide?”
  1. Arrow Rests says:

    Browning Nomad

    stay about 10 to 15 yards back from a deer path and if one comes in let it get a little past you and then once it is broadside then shoot for the front shoulder

  2. Archery Sights

    First off – keep it simple. I’ve been hunting deer for quite awhile and its really an easy process. There’s all this crap for sale now leading people to believe they need it to have a successful hunt. Its not true! I’ve been in treestands drinking coffee and smoking – and just waited for a deer to walk by and made a kill shot. And I usually wear plain brown Carhartt clothes (although its so warm this year I may just go in my underwear). But, thats all shotgun hunting – and bow hunting is a little more involved. The kill shot comes much closer than with a shotgun so there are some things to consider. Noise – Smell – Camo. Don’t talk on your cell phone – shower with some scent killing soap and wash your clothes with it – and wear some camo that breaks you up with the surrounding environment. Other than that, just look for typical deer signs, like a scrape on a tree. They are usually a couple feet off the ground and go up a few feet. Look for deer trails in and out of the woods. Most are small and look like someone rode a bike in and out many times. Where they bed down is usually going to be a grassy area that is matted down. Deer droppings look kinda like rabbit droppings, just a little bigger. If you find what you think is a good area with lots of traffic, maybe put out some bait for a few weeks before hunting. Check your local laws though – because you may not be allowed to have bait out during season.
    If you’re new to the sport – I might recommend a range finder to determine your shooting distance. Most shots are around 20 yards, but its definitely not uncommon for shots up to 45+ yards. You’ll need to be 12-25 feet up the tree, so consider the down-angle at which you would shoot because it will change the arrows ballistics compared to your sight pins. You might consider a pendulum sight – I have one and the idea is it swings out when you lean down, allowing you to keep your sight pin on target instead of guessing. Mine is set so you zero it at 20 yards on flat ground and its the same point of impact when shooting 20 yards at a down-angle from your stand.
    If your out in the morning – get to your stand an hour before daylight and settle in. Deer hunting requires a lot of patience and you may need to sit there for several hours not saying a word and sitting fairly still. Its nice to be out in the woods but there’s no denying that it can get boring at times. If you get bored – DON”T FALL ASLEEP!!! You could miss your perfect chance on a deer – your snoring coule drive them away – or you could fall out and injure yourself. So stay awake, and pay attention to your environment. Deer can pop out of nowhere and be in shooting range before you even know it. Or sometimes they may come crashing through the woods like a freight train. If its as dry where you are as where I am – then expect to make a lot of noise going in to your stand – dry leaves on the ground make noise…plain and simple. But use that to your advantage when in the stand, because you can hear them coming. BUT….you can also hear every squirrel, bird, and even mouse running about in the woods and you are hoping its a deer but its usually not.
    So I hope this helps some. Just keep your eyes and ears open and be patient…..and enjoy it.

  3. Vintage Archery

    The first step is to take your question to a hunting specific site where thate are many more people who are real hunters. Try QDMA, Realtree, archerytalk, or the hunting magazine sites.

    Second is to place yourself in the hands of a competent local pro shop. Buy your equipment there and hang out at their range if they have one. Take lessons. In the absence of friends or relatives who are into bowhunting, this is the best you can do. Avoid the temptation to buy archery equipment from ebay, walmart, or other similar places. Even if you pay a little more at the pro shop, it is worth it.

    There is much to learn. Good luck!

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