For anyone who's tried it before, you'll know archery isn't easy at all. It takes a lot of skill, discipline, and practice to be able to properly fire a bow, whether it's in self-defense or as a hunting tool. However, even after so much learning and practice, there are still more ways to improve.
The best way you can is to utilize various tips and tricks to be able to fix any missing pieces of your archery form or tactics. After that, you'll be an ultimate marksman!
So, here's 3 great ways to make yourself a better bow hunter, thanks to our friends at The Prepper Journal.
Keep Out the Noise
Silencers are designed to help us reduce the noise our bows make. But placing many silencers on it will not cut out all the noise completely. So what else can you do to eliminate noises connected with hunting? First, you must understand that removing your bow from the rest, attaching a release, drawing out an arrow, and setting your foot for the short all produce a significant amount of noise. So you should practice all these actions frequently to ensure you can do them silently. Putting foam around your bow rest can make it very silent. Also, placing a small carpet under your feet will make them quiet.
Sharpen Your Broad-heads
Your bow naturally attracts more attention than your arrow. But it is the broad-head that helps you to kill the deer. Although modern broad-heads are far more effective than what we had a few years back, they must be kept razor sharp. If you have just shot a broad-head into a foam target, you must not use for hunting immediately after. Sharpen it first.
Hunt in the Pre-Rut Season
Expert hunters, who target trophy winning buck, know that the rut is not really the best time to tag them. Many advanced trail cameras have tracked a buck within a hunting area throughout the season but it ends up being shot up to 2 miles away. Mature bucks are smart and they need to be studied carefully before you can shoot them successfully. For the following reasons it is better to tag a hit list buck during the pre-rut.
* Bucks Stay at Home in the Pre-Rut: You can only shoot at your target buck if he is at home. Pre-rut is the time when the buck will be more active in the daylight and stay within the boundaries of his home range.
* Bucks Respond to Calls at This Time: Bucks would have spent most of September and the early days of October, scraping and rubbing to prepare for fights. The levels of testosterone in the buck will make him come out if he hears a call from a challenger. So if you see your buck cruising, make a challenger grunt and get ready for a quick shot. This type of call is quite effective when your hunting stand is close to thick cover or there is something to obstruct the buck’s view. This will make him move close to investigate.
Now, with these extra pieces of information, you'll be a much better bow hunter and marksman when the time comes. Never worry in a survival situation again, because if you've got your bow, you know you're set!
To learn some more useful things to do when bow hunting, and other wilderness info, take a look at The Prepper Journal.
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