Deer Bow Hunting: A Guide For Beginners

Bow hunting deer is a challenge many hunters have come to enjoy. Not only does bow hunting require discipline to master the fine art of archery, but he needs to learn skills and tricks that other hunters take for granted. Additionally, novice hunters have a tendency to not realize things that more experienced hunters have already come to understand and consider.

Your equipment is among the most crucial considerations you will have as a bow hunter. Starting out as a beginner bow hunter, I had very wrong ideas about selecting the right kind of bow. I believed I would be a better hunter if I used a strong, heavier bow.

In bow hunting, however, particularly bow hunting deer, that’s no way to select a bow. All a bow hunter needs is a well placed shot, and even a 40-pound bow can provide that.

The important thing thing to keep in mind is to choose a bow that feels comfortable in your hands. It ought to be well-balanced, and simply feel right. The pull of the bow ought to be comfortable as well; this means a pull of about 50-60 pounds for men and 40-45 for women. This should allow you to pull the bow without straining, enabling you to take a relaxed and much more accurate shot.

Another consideration beginner bow hunters miss is the angle of the shot they have to take. Flat targets are not too difficult, but deer aren’t flat targets after all. A bow hunter should place the shot in the heart and lung area to make sure they take down the deer, and this means a shot behind the front leg when the deer is quartering away, or broadside. Also, deer often drop slightly after they hear the release of the arrow, and some hunters advise learning to compensate for that.

A bow hunter will likely usually take shots from 15-20 yards away, a truth most novices will not realize. At this range, a deer is believed to not be able to see or smell a hunter very well; the range also allows a bow hunter the most accurate shot he can safely take. Bow hunters should therefore practice shots at a range of 15-20 yards, at a target that is the size of the heart and lung area of a deer.

Another thing that most novices overlook is the fact that most times, in the field, you will only get that one shot. Miss high or low, and the deer will be spooked and run, allowing you no chance to try another shot; be sure that first shot counts.