Just knowing or memorizing a few bowhunting tips won’t guarantee success in the field. There’s plenty one needs to know or be aware of to avoid a wasted day. There’s going to be times when the deer, elk, or whatever you’re after just won’t cooperate, but you can still practice those things that can give you a bit of an edge, a better chance to get a shot off, and a better chance of hitting your target.
Just for the heck of it, let’s work backward, starting with the kill, and ending with the preparation.
When hunting with a rifle:
- The goal is to hit a vital spot or failing that, bring the animal down so it won’t wander off for a mile or two.
- In addition, you can shoot from a distance, and even shoot at a moving target, if it isn’t moving too fast.
- Finally, you may be able to get off more than one shot in some instances.
All of these advantages go away when bowhunting. You have to be close, you have to hit the right spot on the animal, and if you ever get more than one shot in, tell others about it, because that will be a rare event.
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Responsible hunting and game management, as well as wildlife conservation, are important aspects of any game hunting. But many find deer hunting to be the most rewarding. Here are some ideas and tips to make that hunting trip a success.
What makes a deer tick (and I don’t mean the biting kind either!)
Deer are known for being at their most active in the dusk and dawn hours, and often sleep during the middle of day and night. It makes sense since most predators are also less active during these times, giving the deer a chance to rest.
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You’d be surprised how many people aren’t aware of the fact that crossbows have varying draw weights to accommodate the wide range of hunting available. In fact, the gulf varies from the 50-pound-draw pistol crossbow to the 200-plus-pound full-size crossbow. That difference in resistance can mean a bolt ejected at 130 feet per second, or one ejected at more than 330 fps.
But how does draw weight and the resulting speed of the bolt factor into hunting?
If you have your sites set on taking home a rabbit or two, you won’t need much more draw than 150 pounds. That degree of resistance will typically give you a bolt speed of 220 to 250 fps. This is actually plenty of power to bring down a turkey, antelope, and even a deer provided you wait for the right shot and hit the kill zone.
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If I ever need to debone my kills, I will always be looking towards my trusty Victorinox 6-inch flex boning knife. This is a real Gem and will make light work of boning jobs you have. You will really be surprised with the quality of this bad boy and will wonder how you ever did this (sometimes) boring chore without it.
Victorinox are renowned for their quality in the kitchen and you are definitely not going to be disappointed with this purchase and really needs to be in the kitchen/shed of every hunter out there.
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When it comes to choosing a skinning knife, your options can be staggering and it can really be daunting with the amount of choices that are available on the market. You may like the look and style of one but when you go to try it out, you may find it to be completely useless so it is very important that you make an informed decision before you go out and make a purchase. You should really try and look for a quality blade rather than a cheap one because in reality it will last you longer and therefore save you more money on replacing the knife.
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Cold Steel Boar Spear Review
As you may have figured out, I am a fan of a Cold Steel and their over excited promotional videos, and for good reason too – they really know how to make quality equipment. The boar spear really is one of the better spears I have tried out and is a heck of a lot of fun and takes you back to primal hunting ways of your ancestors. The boar spear has been one of the most popular types of spears for centuries used not only for hunting but also in battles and was only really suppressed by the introduction of firearms.
The head of the Cold Steel Boar spear is top quality, which is something you come to expect from this company. It isn’t a short head either, coming in at 18 and 1/2″ inches long, meaning this bad boy is going to stick into whatever it is thrown at. The head is also made out of SK-5 medium carbon steel which is super top quality and is going to stay razor sharp for a long time, meaning you don’t have to sharpen the spear every week. As this is a boar spear, it is a bit thicker, making it a really strong steel spear that is going to stick into anything it is thrown at as well as flexing under stress instead of breaking or snapping which is something you will find happen with a lot of lower quality spears. However due the shape of the spearhead, you are also able to slice with the spear and wield it in a sword-like fashion.
The Cold Steel Boar spear is made out of beautiful American ash. You really do need to hold this wood in your hands to really appreciate its quality. It feels really solid and sturdy in your hands and you feel confident that it is not going to snap or break without a lot of pressure placed on it. Length wise, the entire spear clocks in at 82″ roughly making it a perfect length for anyone, no matter how tall or small they are. Furthermore, as this only weighs 4 and 1/4 pounds it is not the heaviest spear out there ensuring that you won’t be getting a sore or tired arm after continuous use.
Overall, the Cold Steel Boar Spear and really is a one of kind spear. This bad boy is definitely the spear I recommend to anyone who is looking to try something new when hunting due to its exceptional quality steel and craftsmanship. Better yet, the spear isn’t going to cost you an arm and a leg coming in at only $120 (currently $72 on Amazon) with the sheath and the spear.
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There are many given necessities when hunting, such as appropriate firearms, rifle cleaning equipment, hunting ammo, blaze orange gear for safety, a dressing kit for any game that is taken and a first aid kit for potential accidents. But those are just some of the common basic necessities and do not address some more important issues, such as how to find your way back to camp if lost. Here is a list of some items that will help:
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Hunting season is just around the corner. You have your favorite grounds picked up and you have your registration all settled, but do you have the most important part of your trip, your hunting rifle, prepared?
Follow these six essential hunting rifle preparation tips to experience a hunting season that is safe, thrilling and without trouble.
Step #1: Set Your Sights
It doesn’t matter if you’re using iron sights or a scope; an improperly set sight will always be off the mark of where it should be. This issue can lead to the big one that got away or the reason that your rifle accidentally shot a hunting partner. Ensure your rifle is sighted in between 1.5 and 3 inches at the distance of 100 yards. Straying from this could lead to over or under compensating.
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For hunters, there is nothing as exciting as the approach of hunting season. The night before the season opens is like Christmas Eve. Hunters are brimming over with anticipation, eagerly awaiting the call of the wild. There are some crucial things that hunters need to do before they go out to the countryside. Here is a look at four things that you should check before you go hunting.
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It doesn’t matter whether you’re a veteran hunter or a novice heading into the woods for the first time, there are certain fundamental rules that you have to follow to stay on top of your game. If you want to be successful in your deer hunting missions, then following these key strategies can be of great help. Outsmarting the white-tailed bucks is a much easier affair with these tips and strategies:
1. Research Your Prey
The foundation for any hunt has to be laid upon this fact. Just like any other animal, the deer has only one goal: survival; and to do that, it must eat, drink and sleep.
White-tailed deer consume around 1.5 tons of food per year on average. It’s common to see them eat around ten pounds of food daily during prime season. They also eat about 4 to 5 times each day. Follow the food trail and you will find the game.
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