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.