Welcome back, hunters. Following up with my previous blog on the types of bows you can use in bowhunting, we will dive into the knowledge required for success in the sport, as well as the best types of arrows. The more educated and prepared you are in the field, the better your chances are of leaving with a trophy.
Choosing the right arrow to go with your bow can actually be somewhat daunting given the amount of products available. Beginners may be tempted to buy the highest quality arrow available, though a little research must be done beforehand. Understand that there is a steep learning curve with bowhunting, meaning the first couple arrows you shoot will most likely be lost. Look into budget-friendly arrows like those made of wood or carbon. Once you’ve proved your accuracy, promoting your arrows to aluminum shafts is the next logical step.
The broadhead of your arrow is perhaps the most important piece of bowhunting equipment, as this is the deciding factor in whether or not your target goes down. Broadheads can either be fixed blade or mechanical. Fixed blades are those with stationary blades, guaranteeing some degree of penetration when the target is hit. Mechanical broadheads on the other hand, have blades that expand upon impact; the argument being that these can travel faster and more accurately, but run the risk of the blades not expanding.
With that said, take blade sharpness and rate of accuracy into consideration when purchasing new broadheads, and try to find the closest one to those that you’ve been practicing with. However, make sure that it is as sharp as it can be. A broadhead with dull blades is completely useless out in the real world of bowhunting.
No matter what type of animal you are hunting, a basic understanding of how they operate and what their normal behaviors consist of is crucial. For example, diurnal animals (those that are active during the daytime) are biologically programmed to accomplish everything they can while the sun is still up. That includes finding food and shelter throughout the day. One important aspect to note is that most game animals are not capable of gathering and storing food, and thus spend most of their time out grazing. Squirrels and most rodents do, in fact, store food, and can be much harder to locate.
Finding a prime location to set up in requires much more thought and planning than one may think. Once you’ve studied your intended target, set up camp near a populated bedding or feeding area. Take advantage of any sturdy forestation around with tree stands, though ground blinds can be just as effective. Typically, you’ll want to establish a base adjacent to the trail that these animals use the most. However, be sure to never use that same trail to return to your base, lest you give away your presence through scent.
Attracting targets to your location is another trick in itself. Many hunters take advantage of animals’ heightened senses of smell by using urine or food scents to draw them closers. Others have perfected calls and imitations to gain a better shot. Regardless of what strategy you choose to implement, understanding the delicacy of the situation will help you find success out in the field.