Bow hunting is one of the most challenging and fascinating sport. It’s interesting because it is the ancient game of a long time ago. By forgetting the gun, we can show our strength, the accuracy, and stability and some times are the ability to concentrate on the mind.
The interesting part of this entertainment also the tricky part as it requires the archer to have a lot of skill. Also, the bow hunters need to know well the method to make sure the arrow they release can knock down the prey. If you are a novice, it will be important for you to know the way to improve your skill before hunting season comes.
Find and recognize animal sign
While you go hunting, you will soon catch the tracks of the animals. There will be some sign of animal in the soft ground or around the mud. The bank of the river or the stream is the place you will likely find the tracks that animals have left.
Even if the place where you are going to have a hunting trip do not have a river. You still can keep track of the animal as long as there is the rain or snow. The rains will make the ground muddier, if it does not snow much, you can see the mark on the snow, it will not be too hard if the prey has not left too long.
By recognizing this, you can easy find the prey or choose the prey you want to knock down. Besides, by knowing the mark of the predators, you can avoid them in the wild areas. This might help you to prevent being stolen the prey you hunt or worse being attacked.
Move quietly through the woods
This is one of the most difficult skill for the archer to learn, but its advantage is worth for you to pay effort. Try to move in the woods and make little sound as possible will not scare or warn your prey. By doing this, you will have more chance to shorten the distance from you to the preys.
Even though you can shoot correctly, it will not guarantee that you will have success in the hunting fields. Causing too much sound will make the animals aware of you. If there are no animals in your range, your skill will be useless.
You should start by avoiding stepping on branches as well the dry twigs. Look carefully to the ground to find the place for your next step. The dead leaves can cause the noise, do not step on them if you can do it. Making sure you are neat and your associates will not cause any noise.
Long distance shots
Many hunters always choose to shoot the prey in their comfortable ranges. This is easy for them to have the accuracy. However, you should try various distance; the long distance will require you years to get familiar. Meanwhile, the more extended range will give you the opportunity to approach the prey.
The longer range training also gives you more confidence. When you are already done with the challenging, the small obstacle like the short range target is just like a piece of cake. Have not tried it? Then it is the right time for you to have a long range bow shoot.
You should practice drawing your bow full length to improve the muscle strength. It is an essential skill for a hunter as when go hunting, you will need to wait for the prey to sit still. At that moment, you should always ready to release the arrow after you aim at a particular part.
This will help you to increase the ability to hold the grip for extended time periods. You can remain the position firmly before shot the animals. Base on your intensity, the time for the training can be changed from dozens of seconds to few minutes. You will not know what your prey will do, so make sure you can draw and hold it well.
Shot angle practice
When you practice, you will often choose to shoot the target from the direct way. Though, in the field, you will not have so much option when you see animals. While you are approaching it, it might run away. Shooting with many angle practice will allow you to kill the animal without change the place.
You should try to kill the target from the higher ground or the ground below the target. From the side of the prey should be your target too. The experience while practicing will be the right support for you in the hunting field.
Control your breath and your body
While aiming, control the breathing is critical since it will decide whether you can hit the prey. Too anxious can make you breathe quickly and affect the shooting results. The same will occur when you exciting, try to keep you calm and control your breath for better aim.
Aim and shot faster
The time in the field is precious; you will not have the whole day to aim and shoot the prey. The prey will come quickly and soon gone. It better for you to aim fast and knock them, they are always moving that why aim fast when they suddenly stop is needed.
Try to shoot in low light
It is clear that there are some animals just go to find food when the sun is set. Get used to the dim light might allow you to shoot a prey in that situation. Even if you do not intend to hunt one find food in the night, it apparently you will not refuse to hunt animals in your range at the end of daylight.
Master the wind
Depend on the place you want to spend your time during hunting season; the wind direction will different. The wind is one of the factors can reduce your accuracy, or change the arrow path. It will result in miss a prey.
It will take time for you to feel the wind, but if you can do it, you will lose the chance to kill animals. Listen and try to predict the path of the arrow in the wind might let it hit your prey. Nevertheless, you should avoid releasing arrow if you can as this is a hard skill to learn.
After all, the patient the most important thing for a bow hunter. Because to master using bow will require a great effort and regularly practice, you should not dispirit. Like they always say practice make perfect.