1. Get in shape- Having a heart attack on the mountain won't make you successful!
2. Find the right bow- Shoot what feels comfortable and what suits your needs. Do your research! Look for a bow that is reliabile, fast, smooth-drawing, and accurate. Stay away from bows that have spungie back walls, or even worse yet, are jumpy. Last thing you would want, is to be getting settled in for a shot, have the bow jump foward and engage the trigger unexpecditly. If your looking to purchase a starter set her is some reliable options....
3. Never compromise accuracy for speed- Just because it's fast doesn't mean its accurate. I.E. overdraws will give speed but you will compromise accuracy. Drop away rests
4. Thumb release vs index finger release- Forget the reviews, use what feels better for you. Look for a release with very little, or preffierfiably, no trigger travel. The more travel the trigger has the more time you have to anticapate the shot. Furthermore, look for a release that requires very little force to engage the mechanisism. The Wise Guy Rigid has yet to fail us, even at it lowest setting. It is well worth the investment.
5. Fixed pins for bowhunting- You don't want to be adjusting your sight during that split second shot. If hunting from a treestand and prefer the use of a single pin, keep the bow dialed in at 30 yards. With the correct nock height and shooting an arrow @280FPS or better, your arrow will hit two inches heigh at 10 yards and two inches low at 40 yards.
6. Dynamic Spine- Learn what this is. Match your arrow spine stiffness to your draw weight and draw length. Don't go by the guides off the Manafactures box as they are very vaigue. Take your bow and arrows to a local archery dealer, or you can buy a program such as pinewheel Software, Inc., as programs like this will give you the information needed to have you shooting like the Pro's.
7. Tuning your equipment- Learn what it means to have your bow/arrows papertuned. Trust us, its the difference between a two and one inch group. Also, learn the importance of Cam Timimng, Tiller, ATA, Brace Height, Center Shot, Proper Nock Height, and Cam Lean.
8. Learn your dominant eye- Shoot with both eyes open if possible.
9. Anchor point- make sure it's in the exact same position every single time. Comfort is key. Three points of refrence equates to a plain. IE. the corner of you hand rested on the back of your chin, string on the tip of your nose, and kisser at the corner of your mouth.
10. Aim smaller, miss smaller- Don't just shoot for vitals, shoot for a small spot within the vitals such as a piece of hair.
11. Shoot for surprised releases- Concentrate on your pin on the target and SQUEEZE the trigger. To help overcome target panic you may want to experiement with back tension. Not neccersarily the release itself but the style of shooting. Instead of using the muscles in your fingers to engage the trigger you will be using your back. The best way to explain, would be wrapping your index finger around the trigger mechanism without engaging it (at full draw of course) and invisiong a person grabbing onto your bicep at full draw and pulling your arm straight back until the arrow is released. It takes practice, but mostly likely you will never throw another shot!
12. Follow through- Keep your bow on target until the arrow hits. Best way to build the proper muscle memory would be keeping whatever arm your holding the bow still for two seconds after the arrow is released. IE. Shoot!.....one mississippi.....two mississippi.....bring the bow down!
13. Adjust pins the same direction your shooting- if you'r shooting left constantly, move your pins left, and vise versa.
14. Build confidence- Earn your distance: Master 10 yards, then 20 yards, and so on. Create a solid foundation, distance will come.
15. Shoot long distance- When you feel comfortable, shoot at a long distance and everything closer will be that much easier.
16. Train like you hunt, hunt like you train- Practice with the equipment that you intend on hunting with.
17. Have Fun- When your not having fun, your doing something wrong.
18. Learn the Vitals- Different animals have different locations for vitals. Heart, Lungs, and Liver.
19. Aim Low- When shooting from a tree stand, shoot slightly lower than normal. Deer sometimes "jump the string" and dip while the arrow is in flight. Aim for the top of heart. Trust us.
20. Fixed Blade Broad Heads- Practice shooting with them, you'll learn they may fly differently than your field tips.
21. Learn to use a compass/maps- Getting lost is always a possibility. Never trust electronics.
22. Learn Basic First Aid- Injuries can happen.
23. Invest in a Water Purifier- Water bottles get heavy to walk with all day.
24. Carry Rain Gear- Make sure its compact, lightweight, and 100% waterproof.
25. Carry Extra Broad Heads- You could always use the same arrows, just change the head.
26. The three B's (Bow, Boots, & Bag)- Your release should be attached to your bow, boots will keep you in the woods, and your bag has the remaining necessities.
27. Food/Water- Always carry one gram of protein per body pound/ 60 oz of water for each day you'll be out there- Protein bars, trail mix, almonds, beef jerky, etc.
28. Survival- Be prepared to get lost (carry multiple lighters, learn to make a primitive fire.)
29. Don't procrastinate- Get ready a few nights before your hunt. Incase you don't have something, you'll have ample time to get it.
30. Start small- (squirrels, rabbits, woodchucks) Hunting isn't for everybody, you'll learn your threshold before harvesting large game. Plus, they are challenging and a blast!
31. Invest in quality tree stand- Read reviews first, but keep it light and compact. No Sleeping!
32. Safety first- Always harness yourself before climbing.
33. Climbing- Learn how to quietly climb trees in the Offseason.
34. Carry extra tree steps/ hangers- Place one under your tree stand cable to prevent slippage.
35. Practice from elevated positions- Shoot from your tree stand so you get accustomed to it.
36. Always carry Binoculars/ Range finder- Again, keep it compact and lightweight. Bowhunters could benefit from the "ARC" technology, giving you a more precise reading from elevated positions.
37. Scout hard- Find the bedding areas, just don't disturb them.
38. Find what the deer are eating- Acorns, corn, beans, etc.
39. Find the pinch points- The are in between bedding areas and food plots, use topographic maps.
40. Think like a deer- And we don't mean the lawn tractor.
41. Mark your stands- Find multiple routes using Tacks/ GPS/ Topographic Maps.
42. Use trail cameras- Use them in ample amounts if finances permit. Keep them close to feeding areas during early season to inventory your deer and move closer to bedding areas as the season gets underway.
43. Practice proper scent protection/rubber boots- Wash your clothes ahead of time with scent free detergent and place in carbon bags. Always use scent free soap and shampoo. Spray yourself with carbon sprays before walking to stand and after arriving.
44. Prepare your hunting location- Shooting lanes should be cut way ahead of time.
45. Walk in light- (1 layer) This way you don't sweat and make the woods smell like a locker room.
46. Bring multiple layers- (minimum 3) Base Layer, Secondary Layer, and Outer Layer. This way you could take off and put on as weather permits. Stay warm, don't sweat, and stay comfortable.
47. Hunting Plan- Leave exact location of hunt to family and friends
48. Carry extra lights/batteries- 100 Lumen Minimum, and 2 sets of spare batteries for each light.
49. Keep your tow line attached to tree stand- Just don't forget to attach your equipment before climbing
50. Crow calls/whistles- Use them for communication if all else fails. Plan for your cell phones to lose service, and they will.
51. Learn to sharpen your own knives- Skinning game takes a toll on knives, make sure they are constantly sharp, it'll make it easier when gutting game.
52. Walk in with red lights if possible- Lights up tacks better and the red lights won't disturb game.
53. Use a rest that locks your arrow in place- When you get nervous, your arrow won't fall off.
54. Range your surrounding- keep a mental note of the range for each shooting lane, for those split second opportunities. You could also mark trees with pink or orange tape at 20, 30, and 40 yards.
55. Use a lighted sight if legal- Considering majority of the oppurtinities will be taken during low light conditions.
56. Moisture wickingfabric- Especially important choice as a base layer. Stay away from 100% cotton!!
57. Be prepared for other predators- Carry a gun if possible, bear spray, or blunt tips!
58. Early season and the Rut- Save your days off at work for the first few days of the season and the heart of the rut. These time are the best to harvest a bruiser!
59. Wake up 30 mins earlier- Always give yourself ample time to get to your tree.
60. Hunt the Moon- If you don't understand it, learn it, google it, and hunt it.
61. Always use a quiver that attaches to your bow- It prevents taking your eye off game for follow up shots.
62. Sit all day if possible- Be Patient! Don't get complacent!
63. Stay away from Decoys/grunt calls on public land- If your calling is not done perfectly, you run the risk of spooking animals.
64. Use face paint- face masks will most likely change your anchor point.
65. Don't be afraid to hunt the elements- Animals need to eat too when its rough out there.
66. Field dressing- Learn the basics to field dressing an animal before going out there.
67. Stick with lighted knocks if legal- It will help during low light conditions, finding your arrow, and determining shot placement.
68. Never shoot moving animals- its risky and unethical.
69. Always carry extra arrows in the truck- It's a part of being prepared.
70. Stay away from baiting- It's just our opinion, but we believe it to be unethical. Plus, mature whitetails find this to be unnatural on public land.
71. Learn to use drippers- It will get that buck really curious and aggressive!
72. Use drag rags for the rut- It will cover your scent and help to attract bucks to your stand.
73. Can style calls will work- "The Lil' Can" has been a huge success for harvesting does in early season.
74. Adjust with the seasons- Scouting doesn't stop on opening day, animal patterns constantly change. Make your way closer to bedding areas as the season progresses and pressure sets in.
75. Draw your bow- while in the tree to make sure of proper clearance and comfort.
76. Use an extended bow holder (breaks your silhouette)- Plus its convenient when you need to grab your bow!
77. Carry extra socks- always carry a back up for the back up, your feet will sweat and freeze!
78. Hunt the Wind- Noses are their most powerful sense, beat them with the wind. Make sure its in your face.
79. Always use razor sharp broad heads- It's the difference between a blood trail and a great blood trail. It also increases penetration and prevents blood clot.
80. Be prepared in a moments notice (keep the essentials within arms distance)- It'll prevent too much movement.
81. Always carry a back up release- You might forget yours. A mechanical failure is also possible.
82. Minimal movement- Scroll with your eyes, not your head.
83. Shut your phone off, use airplane mode- Ringing/ vibrating is the last thing you need after all that hard work.
84. Climb Higher with your Treestand- 25'-30' is great, you'll be above eye sight and scent line. Use your tow rope as a tape measure if your not sure of your height.
85. Deer Drives- If things are slow, don't be afraid to plan out deer drives (in different areas other than your tree stand locations)- You'll need more guys and girls, but they work great, especially in winter bow.
86. Don't get busted- Always wait for the deer to be turned away before drawing your bow- If they see you, you will obviously spook them.
87. Wait for the right angle before shooting- Broadside is alway a beautiful thing, it gives you the best margin for error. Know shot placement from a tree stand for broadside and quartered away shots. Stay away from chest and quartered towards you shots.
88. Watching out for mid flight obstacles- Be cognizant of your arrow flight and possible path obstruction. Arrow deflection will ruin your day! Even though your 40 yard pin is clear for that 40 yard shot, your 20 yard pin may be covering a tree limb or branch.
89. Focus- Never concentrate on the antlers, once determined its a shooter, the only thing you should be thinking about is that piece of hair to aim at behind the shoulder- Buck fever makes your do crazy things!
90. Immediately knock a second arrow after shooting- You may be able to shoot a second arrow for a cleaner harvest. Also, if you missed, the animal may give you a second chance. Get into the habit.
91. Marking the location- Remember where the animal was shot and also the last place you saw it run. Mark these areas with bright colored reflective tape. Sometimes, blood trails don't form right away. This will improve your chances of finding first blood. Its also very helpful if you need to give the animal overnight to expire.
92. Blood trail- Mark each location of blood with a piece of toilet paper (take it slow). Toilet paper is biodegradable but it will help with back tracking if needed.
93. If in doubt, back out- 2-6 hours for perfect hits, 12-16 hours for marginal. If the animal needs the night, make sure its cold out or the meat could spoil.
94. If the blood trail gets lost- "One" guy circle the last known location until the next spot is found.
95. Tagging your deer immediately upon retrieving- The Game Warden will love you!
96. Use your tree harness to drag out the deer- There is no need to carry 2 types of harnesses!
97. Never leave your camera at home- Hunting is about the good times and special moments, make those moments last forever.
98. Show the animal respect- Leave nothing to waste, the whole deer could be put to use after your harvest.
99. Always stay positive- Things are going to get frustrating and rough at times, remember to have fun and stay positive. It's called hunting for a reason, not harvesting.
100. Read your local/state hunting regulations- Fines could be very expensive.
101. Take a friend or family member hunting- Pass on the tradition, there is nothing like being in the great outdoors. It will teach you a lot about yourself and what life has to offer.Type your paragraph here.
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