Idealists will say that every day is perfect for hunting which is true for some bow hunting addicts. Whitetail season is starting and you’re wasting your time if you’re sitting at home.
There’s nothing like starting the season bow hunting deer. Whether you’re a rookie and starting with your first crossbow or a seasoned hunter looking for game, there’s nothing close to shooting deer that gets the blood moving.
It’s not enough to know how to handle a crossbow and arrow these days, you have to up your hunting game and know some real surefire techniques to nab a deer.
What Do You Need To Start Your Season?
1. The Right Bow
Top of the list is obviously your equipment. Buying the best equipment there is won’t make any difference if it isn’t right for you. What kind of a bow you’re after is very important. If you’re a novice and just starting then opt for a compound bow because compounds are easier to handle as they come with accessories to provide increased accuracy to your game. Deer can be fast, you need to be faster.
2. Proper form
You can have the best crossbow in the world and still suck at your game if you don’t know how to shoot or don’t have proper form. Whether you’re a newbie or hunting pro, before starting the season you need to be current on your game. Problems with your form can get your shooting game down very low. A few key things to remember when working on your form include your grip, stance, body position and adjusting your sight.
It’s not hard to develop proper form but its takes a long while of practice and effort to enter the big league. Before starting a hunting season, you need ample amounts of practice. Try going to a target range and working on your form with an expert instructor to critique you on your weak points. Practice is the answer to all your shooting problems because as they say practice makes perfect.
So What Are Some Tried And Tested Deer Hunting Techniques?
Once you’ve got the basics under your belt you need some hidden secrets of the trade to get you past the proverbial finish line. Deer may look innocent and easy prey but Mother Nature has given deer some unusual ways to evade hunters. They have an excellent sense of smell and they run real fast. To outwit the fast, you have to be faster. So here are some tried and tested deer hunting techniques with a bow.
Blending in is one of the most important and underestimated tricks that up your game. Covering yourself in camouflage is a great idea of blending in. You need to become one with the environment so the deer doesn’t recognize you from the foliage. Cover your face and hands too for extra camouflage. Being very still and quiet is also a part of blending in to the forest environment, an obvious ploy that works well.
Cover your Scent
Deer are notorious for their noses and have a great sense of smell. If they smell human (which means predator) they run. You need to cover your scent. To do that, wash cloth in scentless detergent and bring them with you in a plastic bag filled with leaves and twigs. Change on site to avoid contamination with your body sweat on the way. Avoid using perfume, cigarettes or easting anything with a scent.
If you haven’t heard of scouting then this is likely the reason for your failure, scouting is the key to deer hunting success. Here are a few scouting tips to help you bring you’re a game this season
- Start scouting early and don’t wait until the season starts to avoid spooking deer off
- Place equipment like cameras a few weeks before the season so you can watch the video to gain Intel
- Look for places that have access of deer food like acorns, search for pellets, hoof prints and broken acorns
- Set up some trail cameras near know deer sightings and find out the times when they are active
- Follow deer trails before the season or on the off season and see where they lead
- Hang trail cameras very high and avoid going near them too often
- Try scouting at night and going close to known deer bedding areas
- Use the knowledge you accumulate for the next year
Be Wind Smart
A deer has a lot of scent receptors and hunting smart is hunting with the help of the wind instead of having it as your enemy. If you’re hunting with the wind in the wrong direction, the deer will catch your scent leaving you no time to even catch a glimpse. Deer are known to change paths and deviate from trails when they encounter foreign scents. The smart thing is to enter the area with the wind in your face.
When you encounter a deer, always try to shoot it when it isn’t directly staring at you. Make sure its attention is diverted or elsewhere. But on the off chance, the deer does spot you and looks directly at you; you need to have a ready technique. Try the freeze technique, don’t move a muscle, don’t stare at them in the eyes, don’t blink (at least try) and don’t make a sound. The freeze technique usually works excellently. When the deer goes back to grazing, get it in the crosshairs and shoot. Make sure you get an accurate shot or else your cover is blown.
Most successful deer hunting techniques use planning in advance as the basic rule underneath. Scouting especially uses this rule to aid in successfully hunting deer. Just as you can’t scout or even hunt without the proper equipment, you can’t hunt without the proper techniques. Practice and planning in advance go a long way towards securing prize game but remembering the basics is what the game is all about. You may also be interested in reading our article about how to track a wounded deer which is also important when hunting. Well it’s not a must you always hunt with a crossbow, you can also hunt with a compound bow which can also be great. To find some more crossbow hunting tips check here.