Bow hunting is probably one of the safest way to hunt. Whether you are doing it for fun, for survival, or both, it truly is one of the most reliable ways to produce something to eat. These tips listed below can help you hunt for your dinner, or defend your home base from predators.
Tip #1 – Be an efficient hunter. Come up with a few strategies and practice those in a real life situation. Some examples of these strategies include knowing when and where to hunt, memorizing the places you need to avoid, and etc. These are only some of the things that you should know. These can make a world of difference, especially when you are hunting for survival. The key here is practicing these strategies in real life situations. Know the best areas for hunting by using trail cameras. This will help you see if there’s a game activity in the area. Hunting in “hot” zones will also increase your chances of success.
Tip #2 – When you are hunting, you need to find the hidden food sources of the game you are after. The basic concept is to find these food sources, and there you will find your game. Think about where the wild game you are searching for would be looking for their next meal. You can also use your imagination to draw your game out. You can use lures, traps, etc.
Tip #3 – Be patient. Bow-hunting is not for the impatient ones out there. It is a waiting game – a long one. All the practice in the world will be for naught if you cannot adapt that Zen attitude.
Tip #4 – Positivity is key. If you have a positive state of mind, then you are more likely to succeed than those who doesn’t. Being positive is actually more important that the quality of your gear. Why? Because the mind is your ultimate weapon when it comes to bow hunting. Being confident in yourself and your skills is the key to success. Do not get discouraged easily.
Tip #5 – Get out of your comfort zone. Okay, now I know this is starting to sound like a motivational article instead of a hunting article but hear me out. When you are practicing with your bow, it is best if you try to get out of your comfort zone. Hence, practicing in real-life situations. Yes, shooting arrows at a fixed target in your backyard can help you hone your sharp-shooting skills, but bow hunting is more than that. Practice out of your comfort zone and continue to improve your skills. Do not settle for what you can do already. Instead, break the mold and go for more. For example, shoot from 70 yards instead of 30.
Tip #6 – Hunt where the game is. While it is true that bow hunting is a waiting game, nothing will happen if you wait for the game to come to your location. You need to be versatile when it comes to bow hunting. Sure, it does take some extra effort to hike those hills and climb some trees, but it sure will be worth it once you catch the prize.
Tip #7 – Do not hesitate to use pop-up ground blinds. These things offer great concealment for bow hunters. And they are actually easy to build. It takes no more than ten minutes to build a ground blind, so don’t skip this.
Tip #8 – When you are practicing, picture yourself in a real hunting situation. Do not allow more than 4-5 seconds for settling the pin and shooting at the target. Make target acquisition a matter of just a few seconds. Practice the “blind shooting” technique. The blind shooting technique is exactly what it says it is: shooting arrows quickly and intuitively in order to build muscle memory. This technique will help prepare your mind for acting instinctively and under pressure.
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