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Bow Hunting Tips for Beginners

For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, bow hunting is the practice of killing game animals such as birds and deer by archery. If you are interested in going hunting, there are a few things you should be aware of before you start. Your bow should have a draw weight of at least 50 pounds, and your arrow should be at least 900 grains. You also should become aware of what hunting restrictions are in place and when the season starts. If you are beginner it is best to get some experience shooting before you scout the woods or fields for prey. After you become confident in your abilities, it is time to put them to the test. Here a few tips to help you out.

Proper preparation is vital when bow hunting. When you practice archery, wear clothes similar to the ones you will be wearing when you go hunting. Wearing your gear or a heavy coat or sweatshirt will allow you to get a feel for having something on your arms. When hunting, it is recommended you use a compound bow, composite bow, or cross bow. Regardless of what bow you use, it is important to practice. If you are a beginner, it is important to become acquainted with your bow. Practice constantly and try to shoot from different angles and positions. The more comfortable you are with your bow, the better chance you have at successfully capturing your prey. In addition to wearing the right clothes and becoming acquainted with your bow, it is important you know how far you can shoot. If the farthest you can shoot is 50 feet, then it seems silly to aim for a target at 70 feet.

Positioning is very important when it comes to bow hunting. If you are upwind you probably won't see any prey because they'll have smelled you. If you stay downwind you are more likely to see more animals, but you will have to stalk them. This could be tricky, especially if you haven't mastered the art of being quiet. This is why many hunters let their prey come to them. If you do use this method, it is important to remain still and quiet. If you alarm the animal then you will not be able to shoot it.

There is no guarantee of success when hunting. Some days the climate can affect your shot. Other times the animals don't want to cooperate with you. Although these tips do not guarantee success, they can give you an edge while bow hunting. The better prepared you are for the field or woods, the better the odds are of successfully shooting your prey. Good luck.