4 Tips To Prepare For your Next Bowhunting Trip

by admin on 05-15-2014 in Hunting

A survey by the Archery Trade Association (ATA) found that 18.9 million Americans participated in archery and/or bowhunting activities in 2012. A vast majority of said people (75 percent) used compound bows, while only 14 percent used a traditional recurve bow.bowhunter - tree standRegardless of equipment choice, many bowhunters are relatively new to the game and may have never been on a hunting trip without a mentor. This checklist will ensure your first solo trip is a successful one.

String Maintenance

The string is probably the easiest part of a bow to maintain and also the most neglected. A poorly maintained string on a compound bow not only looks bad due to fraying, but can be dangerous due to an increased change of derailment.Humidity, time, heat and of course using the bow will cause wear and tear. Your string should be waxed every three months if you use your bow often, and definitely once a year irrespective of circumstances. The wax is cheap and found at any archery or camping store.Make certain you only apply wax to the string, not to the serving (thread wrapped around the string). Work the wax into the string by rubbing your fingers on it until you feel a little heat. That means the wax is actually penetrating the string material. The string needs to be replaced altogether when the draw length has stretched after heavy usage.

Inspect Your Arrows

One of the most common debates among bowhunters today centers around carbon versus aluminum arrows. Aluminum is less expensive and heavier than carbon, which makes them a bit slower. Carbon is more durable and come off the string with more velocity.Check the straightness of aluminum arrows by rolling them on a table with the fletching hanging over the edge. Bent arrows will obviously wobble around as opposed to smoothly rolling, and should not be used. Slightly flex all carbon arrows and pay attention to any crackling noises. if you hear anything, the arrow should be discarded. Check wooden arrows for cracks or any splintering, and discard as necessary.All new arrows should be test-fired at a stationary target before taking them into the field.

Treestand Tips

One universal truth about treestands: the higher up you are, the better your scent will avoid downwind deer, according to BowHuntingMag.com. Some veteran hunters believe 30 feet is necessary, but anywhere from 20-22 feet should suffice. Make sure to have multiple stand sites already planned out if your hunting trip will last multiple days. The wind direction is almost guaranteed to change, so being prepared for this will make your trip that much smoother.You have to be pro-active when it comes to stands. When putting them up during the season, try and get out there during a thunderstorm. That way your scent is masked and the noise you make is muffled.


This is mostly common sense, but there are a few items that will come in handy when the unexpected occurs. Carry at least two canteens that hold one liter (about two pints) of water. Scout the area and locate a water source that is in the vicinity in case of emergency.Consider renting a satellite phone if your trip is longer than a few days. They are able to get a signal virtually anywhere on the planet. A range finder, compass, flashlight (and batteries), good survival knife, snacks and waterproof matches should also be packed away.Lastly, check with your local fish and game department to make sure you have all the necessary licenses and certifications.


Your post is very helpful. Bow hunters need to come up with techniques that can eliminate the most common errors in bowhunting using a bow whether they are on axis deer hunts or fallow deer hunting. Bowhunting errors can affect the success of a hunt and it is good to know that there are fixes that can easily overcome these mistakes.

jackiecrawford 10-03-2014 05:20AM

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