Bowhunting may seem straightforward. Yet, there are simple mistakes every rookie makes on their first outing. Have you made a few of these mistakes?
Brace yourself as we list a few common bowhunting blunders.
1. Ignoring Wind Direction
Wind can work for you or against you while bowhunting. If you don’t know or don’t care which way the wind is blowing, then you’re in trouble already. Why? Because animals can smell your scent way before they can see you. And trust us, you smell.
Since bowhunting requires you to get close, it is imperative you pay attention to wind direction. When hunting with a rifle, the wind isn’t as important because, generally, you’re a lot farther from your target.
You need to stay downwind from your game. In other words, you should find yourself shooting into the wind, not with the wind. That may be why you came home empty handed last weekend.
2. Making Lots of Noise
Just like your scent, you must also be careful of how much sound you make.
Bowhunting requires you to get very close to the animals. Whether it is deer, elk, racoons, squirrels, or wild hogs, all wild animals rely on their sense of hearing to alert them to nearby hunters.
If you are out for a hike, however, and really don’t want to meet a bear, then make plenty of noise to scare them off. For all other wild game, you will need to learn how to sit still and be quiet for long periods of time.
Use slow and deliberate movements in order to stay as quiet as possible and not give away your location.
3. Stop Practicing
We get it. Once the season is over, you stash your bowhunting gear back in the garage and forget all about it. Until next season comes. It’s easy to quit practicing.
It’s vital to practice whenever you can when you’re a bowhunter. What should you practice?
- Target practice. Practice in the yard or find a local facility where you can practice alongside other bowhunting friends.
- Keep your bowhunting equipment tight and up to speed.
- Try different bows: The Longbow, Recurve bow, or a Compound Bow
- Keep your strength up, depending on the poundage you use.
- Practice sneaking up on animals in the woods and figuring out which way is downwind.
Like anything else, your skills as a bowhunter will only get better as you commit to practicing.
4. Forgetting your Groove Life camo gear
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So go get your Mossy Oak Breakup Country ring, and grab the Mossy Oak Breakup country belt while you're at it. You’ll be glad you remembered to bring ‘em along.
Hey, we all make blunders from time to time. Don’t sweat it. Bowhunting takes practice and patience, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll see how bowhunting will bring you some of the best outdoor experiences you’ll ever have.
Just remember to take your time and enjoy the process as you get started.
Welcome to the world of bowhunting!