Beginner's Guide to Bowhunting

Beginner's Guide to Bowhunting

How do I Become a Bow Hunter?

You have seen TV shows, YouTube videos, and Instagram Reels of people taking down impressive animals by bow. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try but weren’t sure how to get started. If you find yourself indulged in these videos and want to give it a try, here are some tips and tricks on how to become a bow hunter!

The first step is to develop an understanding of archery. There are many ways to go about this. If you are someone who watches bow hunting videos or know someone who is a regular bow hunter, you may already have some previous knowledge. If you haven’t been exposed to this type of hunting but still want to learn more then keep reading!

A quick google search will tell you if there is a place where you can take archery lessons near you. This is a great way to get exposure to the sport, meet people of various skill levels, and learn about the equipment you’re using. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask people for suggestions for a beginner bow. The people there might’ve tried a few that you should consider using.

What Bow Should I get?

Getting the right bow and making sure it fits you is an essential step. Once you find a bow you like, it needs to be adjusted to fit your body and strength. Draw length is the length you pull the pull back. You can measure this at home by making a fist and acting like you are shooting at the wall. Have your knuckles touch the wall and your arm extended with a slight bend like you would if you were shooting a real bow. Next, have a helper measure the length from the wall to the anchor point which is normally the corner of your mouth. An anchor point is where your hand rests when you are at full draw. Taking note of this and keeping them consistent will help with accuracy.

What are Anchor Points?

Keeping anchor points consistent is crucial for becoming an accurate archer. Anchor points differ from person to person. However, many people tend to anchor the nock point in the corner of their mouth. Another example is having the bowstring touch the tip of your nose. The placement of your hand against your face can differ depending on the type of release you use. The important takeaway from anchor points is to keep them consistent every time to ensure you are pulling back the same way every time.

What is Draw Weight?

Another adjustment you will have to make to your bow is the draw weight. This is how much weight you can pull back. Many states have a minimum pull weight requirement for hunting, but Michigan does not. Other states have a minimum of approximately 30-40 pounds. The important part is that you pick a weight that you can pull back over and over while practicing and after sitting in a blind or stand for hours.

“Practice Makes Perfect”

We’ve all heard the phrase “practice makes perfect” – this could not be more true for archery. You need to practice in positions that you will be shooting in during a hunt. Practice in the clothing you will be wearing as well. The last thing you want is to wear a new jacket in the stand, pull back on your dream deer, and realize the jacket is restricting your ability to take an ethical shot. You should also be practicing different angles, especially if you’re going to be using a tree stand. If you’re using a tent or a blind, make sure you are comfortable shooting from an enclosed area.

Where Should I Bow Hunt?

Finding a location to hunt is half the battle sometimes. You need to make sure it’s a hot spot for the game you’re hunting but you also need to be confident shooting there. Once you have picked out a spot. You need to prepare it for the hunting season. Setting up a trail camera in the off-season can ensure you know when and where the deer are moving. Setting up your tree stand or blind in the off-season will get the animals used to it being there.

Are you ready to get hunting?

Once you feel confident with your hunting spot, shooting, and ability to take an animal ethically, you are ready to get your bow hunting license and tags for the season! Once bow hunting season starts, you are prepared to get out there and hunt with your bow for the first time!

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