Bow hunting is perhaps one of the oldest forms of hunting that is still as popular today as it was hundreds of years ago. Albeit technology has helped in the advancements of better bow construction in today’s hunting arena, but the practices and skills of being able to get close to your prey is still very much largely the same as it used to be.
One of the highest skills a bow hunter needs to be able to accomplish is getting close to the trophy buck in order to pull off their best shot, and as hunters will know, getting close to a large buck isn’t as easy as it sounds when you take into account the lay of the land and other contributing factors such as wind direction.
So just how can a hunter improve their bow hunting skills to be able to close the distance?
Grab a cup of coffee, take yourself a seat and let’s look at some fantastic tips that can help you improve your bow hunting capabilities.
Practice Makes Perfect
Before you head out to the wilds it’s a good idea to start tuning up your skills from home, if anything this will help you get the aim right and you can also practice your movement. Most hunters will head to a local forest (or their backyards if they are big enough) and then setup a mock target to aim at.
Doing this for some time will help you as you will begin to get a feel for the bow and as you keep practicing you will start to adapt to new ways and find new skills you didn’t realize you had.
Its true what they say, practice does make perfect and when it comes to sneaking up on a whitetail buck you need all the practice that you can get before you do it for real. One of the biggest factors is that you are trying to bring down a trophy buck, with essentially a bit of sharp wood, and for most hunters they exit the hunting arena after several gruelling hours with nothing in their hands.
Closing in by Looking at Patterns
Looking at patterns in the Bucks behavior is a critical part of the process to getting him, and during the months of September and October you will be able to notice particular patterns and trails that these bucks take. Remember, they have lived long enough to become trophy winning Bucks so they are going to be smart and hunter wise.
However during these months they tend to eat more in preparation for the winter period and the upcoming rut. So find out where they eat and how often they eat and you already have some essential information right there that you can use.
Embracing the Wind
A bowhunters worst nightmare is the wind, just as you are trying to get close the Buck, the wind can be a major issue and scare the deer away. Whitetail deer have very strong senses and use their noses frequently to sense danger, a bow hunter must use ears and eyes in order to close that distance and its important to work with the win making sure that you never have your back towards the wind.
Sometimes if the wind direction isn’t on your side its worth leaving the hunting field for that day until it changes in your favour. If the wind is hitting you in the face your scent is going to be carried over to the Buck meaning that the advantage is now in your court as they won’t be able to pick up on your scent.
Choosing the Best Stand Placement
The final piece of the jigsaw puzzle is to select the best stand placement and more often than not the hardest places to get to offer the best views to getting that close range shot in. Equip yourself with a limb saw or some clippers before you head to the hunting field as you will be able to cut your own shooting lanes when you come to thick cover, and never settle with just one stand point, move around and look for every possibility that you can in order to bag yourself that prize winning Buck.
The key here is that some stand placements will work better for your during the morning periods whilst others will favour evening periods so always keep in mind that you should be looking for multiple stand options (with the wind direction in mind).
The more stand options you have under your belt the more successful you are going to be when trying to close the distance and come out of the forest with your trophy. What separates a good bow hunter from a bad bow hunter is learning to adapt and make changes to your style of hunting.