Bow Hunting

hunter basics and equipment guide

The Parts of An Arrow

When I started asking questions about bow hunting I knew some basics but not anywhere as much as I do now (One thing I do know is that I dont like it when hunters give themselves a bad name). I thought every arrow and arrow broadhead was basically the same, and I know now thats not true at all. There are so many different things to consider when getting your stuff together that most dont know where to start.

The first part you start with is the shaft of the arrow. This is the center portion  of the arrow, and looks like a bug straw. It is typically made of carbon fiber or aluminum, and comes with a notch at the end (called a  nock) where the arrow goes into the string. At the other end of the arrow is the insert, which is a threaded piece that is made of aluminum or plastic and is glued into the other end of your arrow shaft. Eventually, the tip (the sharp part of the arrow) will get screwed in here.

There are many different types of arrow tips, such as practice tips, broadheads, judo points, field tips and more. These will all come into play later on and typically depend on what sort of bow hunting you’re doing for you to determine what arrow tip you’ll need.

The final part of the bow is what is called the fletching, which are the colorful plastic veins (or feathers) at the rear of the bow. Typically, the 3 of these are glued onto your arrow shaft and come with 2 of the same color (known as the hen’s fletch) and one of a different color (known as the cock fletch). These are added to the arrows to stabilize the arrow mid flight (just like the fins on a dart). These help the arrow fly straight and true, and will ensure that your arrow hits its intended target (if you’re a good shot).

How to Fletch an Arrow

These are the main components of a bow, and each will be needed for a complete arrow. One important thing to note though is that each of these can be different sizes and weights or materials, depending on how they are intended to be used and what they are going to be used with.

While it may seem expensive to start out with proper arrows, your marksmanship will be greatly improved over those arrows in the bargain bin at your local sporting goods store and you will feel much more confident in your shot. Those things should make you much more successful, and make your time hunting much more enjoyable. It will also stop you from watching dinner walk away some nights!

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Bow Hunting Tips for Beginners

Are you looking to get started bow hunting but arent sure exactly what you need to do, what equipment you need or anything like that? Well, Sit back and crack a cold one because we are here to tell you way more than you need to know about bow hunting. If you’re a rifle hunter you can probably skip a few tips and be OK, but if you’re new to hunting in general you’ll probably want to read closely and remember the most important thing about hunting: Have fun!


Bow hunting is great because it gives you the chance to hunt in some of the nicest areas of the country in some of the best times of the year. It’s also not all that popular (where I live anyway) and I hardly see any people or signs of people when I’m out there. It’s just me, mother nature and father sky. It doesnt get any better than that in my mind. So here are a few tips to help get you started bow hunting.

Grab a compound bow. Compound bows are much easier to learn on when you get started bow hunting than the recurve or long bow. If you’re unsure what a compound bow looks like, they traditionally have wheels or cams on the top and bottom to hold the bow at full draw with very little effort, unlike a long bow.

There are bows for right handed people and left handed people, but unfortunately it’s not that simple – it’s better to go off of your dominant eye when purchasing a bow. For instance, I’m right handed but my left eye is dominant (If you dont know your dominant eye, here’s how to find out). This means that even though Im right handed, I’ll need a left hand bow.

Next thing that you’ll need to consider with your bow is draw weight. This is the weight that is the bow’s max, and you’ll need at least 45 pounds of draw weight to put down a deer. Most people prefer their bows with a 50-75 pound draw weight, but the most important thing is that you’ll need to make sure that you’ll be able to actually draw the bow when you’re ready to shoot. If you cant draw the weight for the bow to be effective, then getting a higher draw weight isnt really worth it.

After you decide the draw weight, you’ll need to decide the draw length of your bow. The guys in your local outdoor gear shop will be able to help you with this, but for most adults it’s 28-30″. For reference, a proper draw length is one that brings the bow string to your lips when the bow is fully drawn.

Obviously, bow hunting doesnt come cheap so I wouldnt go out and buy a bunch of new equipment right away. If you can borrow an old bow from a friend for your first season and see how you like it I would do that. If not, after bow hunting season there are usually quite a lot of close outs on broadheads and arrows. You can pick up good bows on ebay for 75-200 as well.

You dont need to spend a lot of money to enjoy bow hunting.

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Top 5 States To Hunt Elk In

Elk hunting is one of the best fall season activities you can engage with. You can either involve yourself in ELK hunts for food, as a hobby or for commercial purposes. Regardless of your motivation, finding yourself in the wrong state is the worst that can ever happen to you.

You need to identify the best states for hunting Elk to be successful. States that license elk hunting are the best since it qualifies as a legal activity.  To give you heads up, these five states should be in your Elk hunting plans next fall. Read along.



This is one of the best states for elk hunting. First, it offers license to every hunter through an over-the-counter procedure. The state also offers public land to elk hunters. Visiting Colorado for elk hunting is convenient; hunters do not waste much time collecting licenses since they are readily given to them on presentation of appropriate documents. Hunting activity in Colorado can be compared to a tourism ministry.

Being a skilled elk hunter opens lots of opportunities as one can venture into commercial by selling meat to state agencies and community members. Outfitters are available to give elk hunters a drive into the mountains. They help in setting up camps and providing all essentials.elk hunters are free to tour as many units as possible for successful hunting.



Idaho is one of the best states to be when you are planning for elk hunting. It has an expansive and rugged landscape that any elk hunter will enjoy. There is so much to gain as an elk hunter in Idaho. The experience to encounter while hunting through the rugged wilderness is amazing.

New Mexico


This is another great state for famous for large bulls. It is a state that has a haven specially meant for elk hunting. It has huge public lands that are managed by the game ministries. The beautiful landscape of the New Mexico state has greatly promoted the recovery of elk hunting. While visiting the place, you are accompanied by an outfitter to guide you through the beautiful scenery.



Arizona is one of the states considered to be the top producer of record-class bulls. It is known to produce the best bull trophies. However, getting elk tags takes quite some time since its one of the best areas. Accommodation for successful elk hunters is readily available. Everything they need is provided for them in the tents accompanied by guards who know the units well.



Montana is a great location to visit for elk hunting. However you will need a guard to take you round the state since it is quite large and populated. Its public land offers endless wilderness and back country hunting. One specific wilderness is The Lee Metcalf favorite for professional elk hunters.

Elk hunting represents a supreme experience. One has to be skilled enough to make a successful hunt. Make your experience easier by visiting the top five elk habitats above. As the season approaches,prepare to visit this states and encounter some difference with elk hunting.


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Bow Hunting Essentials

When you go hunting for your first time with a friend, you’re probably going to be overwhelmed by the amount of gear that your friend will have with you. When I first went, it seemed like he had every imaginable gadget and tracking device to make sure that we found those deer. There were rangefinders and he told me he had a good rangefinder for archery. For beginners, you dont need all of those things (at least not yet). You dont want to go out and send a bunch of money on a hobby you may not end up liking. Here are the bare-bones essentials for a successful bow hunting trip.


1. A bow that fits you

There’s nothing what can be worse for a bow hunter than an improperly sized bow. You need to talk to someone knowledgeable about sizing bows and try a few out and see how they feel before you pick one up. Bows are not cheap, and they will last a long time. Make sure you get the right one right from the start.

2. Arrows

Obviously, you wont come home with a trophy whitetail if you dont have anything to harvest the animal with. Make sure you get arrows for your bow that you can carry with you out in the field. There are many different types of arrows, so make sure that you select the right ones for your bow.

3. Sharp Broad heads

Broad heads are the arrow tips and are key to a humane harvest. This is not an area to skimp with cash, so make sure that you get a nice broad head with a sharp point and a grain that is applicable for what you are hunting. A quality broad head will make bringing down that trophy white tail buck much easier than it will with a poor broad head.

4. A Tuned Bow

This could be pretty easy to find. If you’re interested in bow hunting and you have some friends that have bow hunted for a while, this will be easy. Ask them to show you how to tune your bow up for you. Tuning is a huge component of bow hunting, because it will make sure that your arrows fly straight and true. A poorly tuned bow will cause you to come home with a lot of near miss stories, and trust me – there’s nothing worse than those.

If you cant find a friend to help you (Or a shop) there’s a good guide from field and stream on how to tune your bow.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice

After having a bow that shoots straight and true, you need to get out there behind it and figure out how well you shoot. If you’re anything like most beginners, you’ll be pretty terrible but you will show improvement every day. When I first started bow hunting got out and shot every day in a row for a month (about 1 hr) then every other day for the next month for an hour or so. It took me a while, but I got quite a bit better as the months wore on. It’s one of the most important things you can do to improve your bow hunting skills.

6. Tracking Skills

Typically when you’re out hunting the deer are not standing there waiting for you to sneak up on them and shoot them (though sometimes they are). You’ll need to learn to track them and find out where they are feeding or bedded down for the day so you can get a quality shot off from close range. Tracking isn’t difficult to learn, but it’s a lot harder in practice than it is  in theory.

The easiest way to learn to track is to go out with a friend or two and have them show you the ropes and ask lots of questions.

7. Sharp Knife

This may sound odd, but a good sharp knife is essential for a deer hunting trip. Assuming that you’re successful, you’ll need a way to gut out the animal at the kill site so your meat doesnt get ruined. From that point, you can either cut it up yourself or take it to a game processor. Knowledge about how to gut out a deer also helps. If you’ve never done it, see the video below for a quick run down

That’s all that you absolutely need for a good bow hunting trip. Here’s to success!

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What to hunt in winter 2014? There is still time!

Hunting is always a fun way to spend some time and also to practice your shooting abilities. Well, although we are still in the middle of winter in North America, some believe that there is nothing to hunt and that the sun should shiny before they will be able to hunt again. In fact some people believe in that, however winter is also a wonderful time to go hunting especially deer hunting.

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There are several different animals to hunt, and here goes a list for you to read and choose:

Wild cats – Here you can use hounds to go hunting wild cats such as bobcats, lynx and other smaller species. Although this might fun make sure you keep in mind that the whole thing is very exciting! There are several different hard paths for you to surpass since the area where these cats live are mostly mountains and places with a lot of snow. If you are in for a challenge then hunting wild cats is what you need. The best places to find these animals are in British Columbia and also in some areas of Alberta.

Wolves, foxes and even coyotes –  Common in Newfoundland these animals are a great way for you to go hunting. They are still present until the end of February  and they are present basically in all Canadian provinces. It is a perfect way for you to use your predator skills since some of these animals are quite hard to hunt down.

Rabbits  – These are present even after the hunting season is over. Make sure you always check the regulations because in some areas the hunting is closed for a few days or sometimes they have hunting quotas. Some rabbits are protected  in some areas, so make sure you pay attention before hunting, that way you will not get in trouble with the law. Hunting is fun as long as you do it right.

Birds – There are different birds and ducks available for you to hunt, however it is always good to pay attention to the regulations as well as with the open season. It is always a good idea to go online and research where you can hunt these guys. Canada has several different provinces that allow bird and duck hunting and the season is one of the longest when it comes to hunting animals.

Deer HuntingFrom December to February you will be able to find several different opportunities to go deer hunting. There are different breeds that are available all season long, making the whole hunting game much more fun. You can go deer hunting pretty much in all provinces since there is no lack of prey there.

Small game and goats – You may also hunt goats and other small game animals that are also available throughout the whole season. You will be able to find very interesting options all day long. Make sure you check the legislation before you shoot anything.


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Mountain Lion Hunting

Mountain lion hunting is one of the most difficult yet enjoyable adventures you can experience. Before you go hunting, there are a few tips you need to consider. These are fundamental and all would-be hunters must be aware of them.

Tip 1: Bring a Partner

These animals don’t usually attack people, but it’s better to be sure especially if you are new to big game hunting. Having someone around will also reduce the chances of an aggressive type coming after you. The additional pair of eyes helps alert you of any potential danger and spot targets.

Tip 2: Be Wary of Approaching Cubs

Don’t come near it even if it appears to be alone. The mother lion is nearby and will attack you.

Tip 3: Bring the Right Gear or Guide

A GPS will be necessary when traversing mountainous regions. A compass will be a nice alternative, although many hunters like to carry both. It also helps if you bring along a mountain guide. These people are familiar with the area and help you from getting lost. Plus they can point out where these animals are located.

Tip 4: Bring Water

This is very basic but worth repeating. You will be spending a lot of time hiking up the mountain or be out in the woods. Determine how long you will be mountain lion hunting and bring the right amount of water.

Better yet, bring more water than what you think is necessary. You don’t want to carry excess weight, but you cannot afford to go without water.

Tip 5: Always be Prepared

Never assume you will only meet a mountain lion in spot X. Once you are in their territory they can appear anywhere. If you see one and are not prepared, back up very slowly. Do not crunch down; just back up. If the lion attacks you, fight back by kicking. Grab some rocks or sticks. Do not allow the lion to get you down to the ground.

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How to Identify Mountain Lion Tracks

The first step is to make sure the tracks do not belong to dogs. This can be done easily by checking for the presence of claws. Claws are present in canine tracks. Unless the lion is running, you won’t see any tracks, because members of the cat family retract the claws when walking.

The back edges of dog tracks have two but cats have three. Cat tracks also have a double lobe on the front edge. The general shape of cat tracks is circular while dogs are oval.

Mountain lion tracks are about 3 to 5 inches long. The pad is bigger in proportion to its toes. The front toes of cats are not as evenly set compared with dogs. The shape is also akin to a teardrop. The tracks of a lynx, by the way, are much smaller than those of a mountain lion.

Mountain lion hunting is not easy but these tips cover the basic steps you need to get started. With the appropriate gear, it won’t take long before you become adept at it.

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Guided Hunting Trips

There are many kinds of guided hunting trips available. The Web is one of the best places to look for them. The following tips should help you find the right package.

Compare the Offers

Don’t accept the first package you come across. There are many kinds of offers, so choose the one that best suits your needs. For example, there are some package hunts that offer lodging, meals, and field care of meat and cape.
Other packages will let you stay at ranch houses complete with barbecue pits and campfire rings. This can truly make your hunting experience more exciting. Another thing you have to look at is the guides. Some will offer one guide for the whole group, while others will offer one guide per hunter.

Manitoba Buck Hunt 2013 from Dave on Vimeo.

Assess the Other Aspects of the Package

There are many websites that list and compare the hunt packages. To make the comparison easier, you must look for a website that provides plenty of info. For example, the site reviewing the hunt packages should include the lodging accommodations and taxidermy services.
When comparing package offers, look at the hunting equipment they provide. For example, what types of weapons do they offer? Is it limited to rifles, or can you choose from bows, shotgun with shells and slugs, muzzleloader, etc.
Make certain the guide offers you the equipment you need. This will make all the difference during your guided hunting trip.

Big Game Hunting

Keep in mind the offers of outfitters and guides will depend on the state laws regarding big game hunting. You need to keep this in mind. For instance, many states permit the use of shotgun slug, muzzleloader, bow or rifle when hunting. However, some states like Illinois forbid the use of rifles on whitetail deer.
There are also hunts that necessitate the use of tree stands. Others will require the use of hunting clothing or camouflage. The outfit you will wear will depend on where you will hunt.
Popular choices are the mountain ranges of Utah, Alaska, Wyoming and Colorado. Other popular hunting areas are in Texas, Kentucky, and Ohio. There are some hunting lands that can be leased or sold.

Small Game Hunting Trip Considerations

Small game hunting trips are easier to book. You just need to get in touch with any outfitter or guide in your area. Remember that the laws in each state and country differ so you need to talk with the guide about this.
Do not let the “small” in the title fool you; some of these hunts will actually require some unique skills to pull off successfully.

Choose Wisely

Read the information the guide hunt website provides. It must be detailed. It must provide all the info, from the cost to the type of hunting you will do. Send them an email if some data is unclear to you.

Choosing guided hunting trips should not be done in haste. Take your time and go over all the options. This will ensure you get the most out of the money you will pay.

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Deer Hunting Trips

Deer hunting trips can be more enjoyable if you use the proven methods for hunting deer. To hunt deer effectively, an assessment of the area will be necessary. Take the right steps to lure deer and make your hunting trips more exciting.

For deer hunting trips to be successful, preparation is the key. It takes more than just a big rifle to become a skilled hunter; you need to focus on the following aspects too.

Practice Using Your Weapon

It doesn’t matter if you use a gun or a bow. What does matter is how well you know how to use it. A single missed shot will scare off the animal and cause it to hide. You cannot go on hunting trips unless you know how to use the weapon well.
This becomes even more important if you are hunting with friends. A good hunter will be able to kill the deer with a single shot. You must also learn how to shoot from different positions.

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Follow the Deer Trail

These are creatures of habit. They will pick out certain areas and keep coming back there. Study the area and know where the animal frequently goes to.
When you go on deer hunting trips, look for the deer droppings. Observe where these droppings are and you will know the route which the deer takes. Aside from droppings, look for antler rubs and buck scrapes.
Make sure you set yourself up in the right place. No matter what your bait is, the deer won’t go there if it isn’t a place they frequent. These animals don’t wander off; they stay in certain spots.

Use a Camera

Use a trail camera to scout the grounds. You can use this gadget to determine what animals go there. Place the camera in different locations so you can tell where the deer are going to.
Alternatively, you can go over the area yourself and look it over. It may take some time, but you will get a feel for the territories of the different animals there. However, you need to be discreet.

There is also the option of hunting deer using a rangefinder. Rangefinders can easily help you determine how far away the deer are from your position, so you want to make sure you get the best rangefinder possible. When I shopped for my last rangefinder, I found a nice rangefinder comparison chart at


There are many types of bait you can use. Apples, beets, potatoes and corn can be used to draw a deer’s attention. By setting the bait in a clear spot, you will be able to make the animal stand still, giving you a clear shot.

Calls and Scents

However there are hunters who prefer to use calls and scents instead. The scents can be used in two ways. It can be used to lure the animal to come to the hunter’s location or it can be used to hide the hunter’s scent.
If you are going to use scents, be certain you are positioned in such a manner the scent doesn’t blow in the area the animals will come from. This will cause them to draw back.
There are many types of calls you can do, such as doe bleats and buck grunts. Another way to call out deer is by rattling antlers together. This is one of the best ways to attract the buck, especially during mating season.

Unless you know the right methods, deer hunting trips can be very frustrating. By using these techniques, you can reduce the waiting time to find deer and get those quality kills.

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