It’s almost bow hunting season, and hunters across the country are busy making preparations to make the most of it. Every hunter wants to bring his A-game, but bow hunting poses a number of unique challenges. Read on to find some helpful tips for a successful season.
Work on Form
Most problems that hunters have handling bows are due to improper form. Common issues include locking the left arm, shooting an excessively long draw length, and improper grip. Avoid these issues when it matters by practicing proper archery form before the season begins.
Scout Spots Early
It’s best not to wait until the week before hunting season starts. Instead, scout spots early and put up a few trail cams around the perimeter. Setting up in advance will avoid putting any deer in the area on high-alert directly prior to hunting season.
Pay Attention to the Wind
Most hunters don’t realize it, but whitetail deer have more than 200 million scent receptors. Heading out on the hunt with the wrong wind can easily scare off any deer in the area, so pay attention to the wind and don’t head out on the hunt if the wind’s blowing the wrong direction. Many bow hunters also opt for utilizing scent control products.
Consider Using a Supplement
Want to bag a better deer with less work? Try scattering a deer supplement to help the local population grow in size. After all, most hunters are after an impressive rack, and this can only be obtained from large, healthy deer.
Use Tarsal Glands
Tarsal gland scent is one of the best attractants for deer hunting. Hunters who are having trouble locating the right game can simply spray a tarsal gland solution near their hunting area and wait for positive results.
Keep a Hunting Log
Keeping a hunting log gives hunters information to revisit year after year when they are planning their hunt. Use the information recorded last year, or if this is the first year a log has been kept, be sure to keep track of which stands produced the most deer and what the temperature and wind conditions were during each sighting. These direct observations will help next year in the planning phase.