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Advanced Bowhunting Tips For Hunters

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Bowhunting is a wonderful alternative to rifle hunting but requires a different set of skills. A bow hunter needs to get in closer to his target in order to make a successful kill. Here are some tips for improving your bowhunting skills.

You need to understand your shooting limits, for a bow hunter this will typically be 30 to 50 yards from the animal. If you feel you are not close enough then don't take the shot. If you only wound the animal and don't make a clean kill you will need to trek it through the hunting grounds in order to put it out of it's pain. It's better to not take the shot if you have any doubt rather than cause unnecessary pain to the animal.

If you are not sure what your limit is then you need to practise off the field. Pace off the distance between you and the target and take a shot. Check the arrow's penetration and ensure it is good enough to kill an animal in the field. If it isn't then you need to move closer. If it is giving you good penetration then move further away and try again until you can determine your limits.

If a deer or other animal spots you - don't move. Often the animal will not pick you out unless it detects movement. When it goes back to feeding or turns away, move closer with the aim of getting within shooting distance. If the animal turns it's head towards you then freeze again and wait. Patience in using this method with produce good results in the long run.

Before heading out on your hunt, make sure you can draw your bow silently. If it has a squeaky wheel then apply some oil. Make sure your arrowheads are sharp to provide easy penetration into the animals hide. Look after your arrows when you are storing them and ensure the arrows are straight before shooting.

Avoid pulling back on the bow more than you can handle. If you have drawn your bow and are awaiting a deer you have spotted coming into range then your arms are likely to get tired and will begin to shake. At this point the release will then be compromised. MAke sure you carry out the pull back when the animal is looking away from you or has it's head hidden behind a tree or other foliage.

Use a deer call to help attract deer to your hunting area, but don't call too often as it may sound unnatural. A gap of about 15 to 20 minutes between calls is a good guideline.

Use scent masking chemicals to mask your body odor from the animal you are hunting and always try to stay downwind of the prey whenever possible. The ability to smell is one of the animal's most effective means of survival and unusual smells will send it running in the opposite direction to you.

Use camouflage clothing and natural camouflage to disguise yourself as much as possible. Stay close to cover at all times and avoid hunting in the open when you can avoid it.

Finally, the best tip of all is to get as much practice and experience as you can both on and off season, in the field and on the range.

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