Bowhunting can be done for a variety of purposes – be it connecting deeper to nature by conservation, or getting free meat to eat, or just lengthening the hunting season with the help of archery gear.
It’s also a very exciting sport and outdoor activity to try out. If you want to learn how to get into bow hunting, then read on for the basics.
How to Get into Bow Hunting
Here, we’ll tell you about the entire process in detail, so that you can easily consume the info.
No matter which sport you partake in, remember that safety always comes first. While bowhunting is not that dangerous, usually, it can get duplicitous by ignorance, negligence, or complacency. That’s why you need to get enrolled in a bowhunter education safety course to know about the basics of safety.
You can also prep by getting to know people from nearby archery clubs or bow shops; these people usually have great knowledge and experience that can help you out. Contacting your state’s fish and wildlife agency regarding questions or confusions you might have should also help you with your preparation.
Choosing the Gear: Types of Bows
There are many different variations of bows available on the market, and understanding the difference between all these different types can be a little overwhelming. For a beginner, knowing the difference between the four prominent bow types should be enough.
One of the latest invented bows, the Compound bow is liked because of its speed and precision. It is used for destination shooting and shooting competitions. Compound bows are made with cams and cables for improved functionality. The cams make this bow rigid by giving it accuracy and enormous power.
Crossbows are widely used old fashioned wooden bows. The bowstring on a crossbow usually needs to be pulled back using the back muscles and fingers, so being athletic is a plus. Crossbows are smaller than traditional bows, which makes it easier to learn and use. These bows are an excellent option for beginners.
Recurve bows are a type of bow whose limb curves if the bowman unstrung it. The curved limb can store a lot of energy compared to bows with straight limbs. These bows are usually very well made and professional looking. Recurve bows are used in the Olympics and other competitions.
Longbows are, as the name suggests, very long. It is so long that its height can be almost equivalent to the archer’s, enabling the archer to make a long draw. The bow itself is very simple and can be constructed with a single timber. Longbows are used for accuracy and strength.
Although compound bows are generally believed to be the best option for a beginner, I’m refraining from recommending just one type because, in all honesty, any of these types can be used to learn by a beginner. Put all the information and knowledge you have gathered in the preparation stage and make the decision by yourself.
Knowing the Gear: Parts of a Bow
Usual parts of a bow include the limbs, the nock point, the riser, the bow sight, etc. The part of the bow the archer holds when shooting is the riser. For crossbows, the handle or the grip is the riser. Risers made of carbon are more durable and lighter. The riser is the core of a bow and is connected to the other different parts.
Creating the cam conformity of a bow is the job of the limbs, which are joined with the riser, creating the uppermost and lowermost parts of the bow. It gives flexibility and helps to gather & releasing energy. Nowadays, the limbs are predominantly made with fiber glasses.
The string pulled by the archer when using a crossbow is known as the bowstring. They usually come with the bow, but you can get other types in the market. The spot where you place the ending of an arrow is known as the nock point. And finally, the bow sight is used to enable the archer to point precisely at the target.
Bow sights are usually given with the bow, but you can get upgrades if needed from the market.
Choosing the Gear: Types of Arrows
Different kinds of arrows can be found on the market. What kind you will get depends on your budget and needs. For beginners, aluminum arrows are a great option and can be used with almost any type of bow. Carbon arrows are more high-end and of greater quality; they are popular with professional hunters.
Arrows made from wood are outdated, but the old-timey ness associated with gives them a nostalgic feeling. You can make them yourself if you feel like taking up a craft hobby on the side. Wooden arrows are a perfect fit for recurve bows, and should not be used with compound bows because they are too fragile.
How to Get Started
The basic steps to bow hunting are the stance, nocking, aiming, drawing, and lastly, release. For the stance, stand laterally to your target and avoid the urge to bend forward or backward. If the stance is correct, then aiming is also likely to be correct.
When aiming, ensure that the target is clear, and you have a visual image in your head of hitting the target. While drawing the arrow, look right down to it and try to align perfectly to the point you want to reach. Use your index, middle, and ring finger to draw back the arrow and put your other index finger on the nock.
Once you have got full-draw and a clear aim, release the arrow. Don’t get discouraged if you fail to hit the target on the first try, keep on trying over and over. Make sure you practice a lot because you cannot get better at using a bow without lots of practice. Practice does make perfect.
Now that you have a complete picture of getting started with bow hunting, I hope you enjoy exploring a new and exciting hobby! The deeper you learn about many aspects of this hobby, the more you will enjoy it, so don’t stop after a few tries if you feel dejected.