We may have already passed hunting season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start preparing for the next season right now. Many hunters won’t start planning until late summer, but when it comes to bow hunting, there is always time for planning and practice.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, we’ve put together a few tips to get you ready for next season.
Brush up on your skills. Make sure your bow is up to par and get some shooting experience. Work on your form, locking your left arm and gripping properly. Make sure your bow is tuned and set up properly. Not doing so will make your arrow fishtail when it hits its target. Also, wear proper clothing like your gear or a heavy coat to know exactly how it will feel during the season.
Get fit. It may not seem like it, but archery is a very physical activity that takes strength and endurance. Get in some strength training. Do archery drills. If you can’t make it to a range, set up a small target in your backyard or garage. The best way to get better at something is to actually do it. You can even develop your endurance by drawing and holding back your bow for 1-3 minutes. Another great way to build endurance is to just take a hike through the woods.
Scout your spots. Google Earth will be your best friend. You can get a bird’s eye view of anywhere you’d like to hunt and even get detailed imagery. Start putting up trail cams and glassing fields as early as mid- summer so you don’t put deer on alert.
Mentally prepare. Going through the other steps of brushing up on your skills, checking your equipment thoroughly, being physically fit and having your spots secure will help give you a peace of mind. But sometimes our minds get distracted. As the season approaches, start practicing more, but with fewer arrows and make each practice session as realistic as possible.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to prepare for bow hunting season, especially for serious, experienced hunters. Proper preparation will give you the best chance at success come fall.
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Sources: https://www.g5outdoors.com/mental-physical-bow-hunting-preparation/ https://shootingtime.com/hunting/bow-hunting-tips/