Bowhunting Strategy: Crush your Friends.

How I got Started…

Like many people I started hunting with a rifle. I used my father-in-laws .243 for the first two years until I received my .270 as a wedding gift.

woman rifle deer season

My Husband Introduced me to Archery.

He bow hunted and participated in the local 3D shoots, so I attended one with him in the summer of 2005 –  I was interested in trying it.

Getting the Right Bow.

Bowtech heartbreaker

After I was done with college, we went down to our local archery shop so I could give it a try, and get my measurements figured out. Unfortunately, the shop didn’t have a bow in that would fit my 24inch draw length, so we made a trip to Cabela’s where I picked up my first bow.

From that day on I have practiced year round and bow hunted for the last five years. I currently use a Bowtech Heartbreaker.

The Keys to Bowhunting Success!

bowhunting woman

Give your Equipment the Once over.

Checking your equipment regularly is a good habit to be in.

  • Look for Wear or Damage. A couple weeks before season I will double check the string, the cams and the limbs on my bow for any wear or damage. If the string is frayed or shows sign of wear, this is the time to get it changed. Even if your string looks good but is a few years old, it’s good to have a professional take a look at it to determine if it has stretched and should be replaced.
  • Do it Early. You want to give yourself enough time to have it changed, just in case you have to re-sight in your bow before the season starts.
  • Check your Arrows. A week before season I like to flex my arrows checking them for damage then I shoot all of them with a broadhead on, afterwards I number them from one to however many I have as to which ones fly the best.
  • Sharpen your Broadheads. I sharpen my broadheads after checking the overall arrow, and stick my top five flying arrows into my quiver and save them for hunting season.

7 Practice Strategies that Work.

” In a hunting scenario sometimes all you get is that one shot so you have to make it count.”

When preparing for a bow hunt, the age old saying of “practice makes perfect” couldn’t be more true. It’s good to practice in all types of terrain and weather conditions.  The weather can change rapidly going from sunny and warm to snowing in a matter of minutes and its good to be ready for it.

My Strategies:

archery practice

  1. Practice Every Day. One month before season I like to practice everyday, even if I can only get one arrow shot for the day.  Shooting in three feet of snow and -20 Celsius temperatures is not exactly fun, but shooting year round is ideal for keeping your muscles in shape.
  2. Yes, Try Practicing in the House! During these cold months I like to shoot in the house, keep in mind that accidents can happen and things may get broken or you could put holes in the walls. Shooting at five to ten yards doesn’t give you the distance you would normally shoot at but it will help keep your poundage up and form strong.
  3. Try Keeping Your Eyes Shut. An exercise I like doing is shooting right up close to the target at about five yards with my eyes shut. You pull back and anchor, once you’re lined up on the target close your eyes. Don’t worry about trying to hit a bulls-eye, just focus on your form, breathing and trigger. I will usually start with this at the beginning of every shooting session and when I’m having troubles with punching my trigger or hitting my mark.
  4. Practice Your Hold. Another good exercise for close distance is practicing your hold. Pull back and hold it for as long as you can to build up your comfort and resistance being at full draw. That whitetail you draw back on may take his time coming to your shooting lane, if you practice holding than you will be prepared for when it happens.
  5. Imitate The Real Deal. It’s good to get away from the range and take your targets to the bush. One of my favorite strategies is to imitate possible hunting scenarios like shooting on angles (uphill/downhill), from behind trees and brush, seated, off my knees and with the target partially behind stumps, logs and brush.
  6. Shoot Further than You’ll Hunt. Another one of my favorite strategies is shooting out to 40-50-60 yards. Its good to shoot farther distances than you would hunt because the longer distance is more difficult which forces you to have better form, a steadier hand and steadier breathing- A smaller margin for error on your part.
  7. Use 3D Targets. Outdoor 3D shoots are another great way to practice for the hunting season. You have an actual animal like form to shoot at in real hunting scenarios; this gives you a better idea of what you will actually be shooting at instead of a block and helps train your eye at guessing distance.

Go Out Scouting.

My husband and I hunt on public land and mainly do spot and stalk. We tend to do most of our scouting in August, where we hike and glass. When we are in an area that has lots of activity we will set out trail cameras.

moultrie trail cam

Trail cameras are a great set of eyes, they help do part of the scouting for you and you get visual evidence of what is in that area. They are definitely worth the money and save you a lot of hiking time. They can help you determine if an area is worth pursuing or not during the season. I like to set up trail cameras in areas with lots of good rubs, animal bedding spots and areas that have well used trails.

Take Only the Right Shot.

“I have very strong ethics with hunting and if the shot is not ideal to me, I won’t take it.”

archery from hill

Although I have bow hunted for five years, I have only let one arrow fly. I have had my chances on Whitetail, Elk and Black Bear, but there was always some reason for me to let them walk: a poor shot, wind change and the animal ran, poor shooting light, or the animal wasn’t of legal size.

During the season of 2012 I made my main focus right off the rattle to harvest a whitetail. I was driven and determined to not go another season empty handed. My hard work paid off on October 23 when I had a big mature doe standing at forty yards. My arrow completed a pass through and she was down within twenty yards.

bowhunting woman and family