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Everyone has to start somewhere. Bow hunting is not restricted to anyone. Just because your grandpappy didn’t show you the ropes doesn’t mean you can’t start. Follow these steps, and you’ll be able to start hitting the bullseye in a couple of days. Bow hunting is a huge responsibility, and it’s imperative that you thoroughly study and practice the art of bowhunting before going out in the field. Doing so can help minimize the risks involved in taking big game animals.

Learn Archery Basics

If you’re not an archer yet, take lessons or an introduction class to see if you’re interested in learning more. Either way, you’ll likely get hooked and start saving for the equipment that you’ll need. A certified instructor will help you learn how to shoot safely and confidently. These individuals will discuss the steps involved in the process and make it as enjoyable as possible. Having a pro guide you through the first day will help you get on track.

Invest in High-Quality Equipment

The quality of bows has dramatically improved over the years. Due to technological advancements, crossbows, compound bows, and traditional hunting tools have become faster, more forgiving, and better at shooting. If you’re in the market for a new bow, or you’re already an archer, there are countless options available.

The wooden arrows used in the 1970s have long since gone. Due to technological advancements, carbon and aluminum arrows have become more stable and can produce exceptional shots. Also, bow hunters are now practicing shooting at distances of up to 100 yards. One of the essential factors you should consider when choosing a new bow is making sure that the arrows are as heavy as possible to allow for a robust downrange effect.

For new hunters, we recommend using lightweight bow quivers. Although you can permanently remove the bow’s outer part in the tree stand, practice with the bow on and off to ensure it’s firing consistently. This will give you a good feel for how the bow performs in different situations.

Practice Often

After you’ve bought a new bow, you must practice shooting it consistently to ensure that it’s firing accurately. This will allow you to make quick and humane harvests. If you cannot shoot in your own backyard, try going to a local pro shop or consulting the recreation department of your local county or city. In addition to regular practice, you can also participate in tournaments and leagues at your local archery store. This will allow you to keep track of your progress and improve your shot.

Get a Hunting License

Bowhunting is legal in most states, but you could be prosecuted for poaching if you’re not a licensed hunter. A license allows you to legally hunt big game and provide local communities with high-quality meat. Before you start hunting, ensure you have a valid hunting license. You can check out the official website of your local wildlife agency to find the one that fits your needs. After you’ve bought a license, you can pay for it and print it out, so it’s handy if you encounter a conservation officer. Contact the agency’s helpline if you’re unsure which license to get.

Shoot Ethically

One of the most critical pro-tips we can give Bowhunters is always practice shooting ethically. Although it’s possible to shoot a big deer 40 yards away from you, if you haven’t practiced this technique extensively, it’s still unethical to approach and shoot it. Do everything in your power to avoid unnecessary suffering for the animals.