Learning Curves of Bowhunting

lukew

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Hey guys! Question for you guys... What was your biggest learning curve when you started bowhunting? And if you had any bad habits to beak, what were they?
 
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mallardsx2

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Learning when to draw my bow.

I learned a long time ago to draw my bow and hold it if I have to.

If you wait to draw your bow too late 90% of the time you will regret it because when an animal is in the "Eminent range" your odds in getting busted are about 6000000X greater....

Learned this the hard way MANY times.

Dont draw your bow when an animal is standing still if they are already in "Eminent Range"....wait until they are moving.
 

Maxhunter

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Learning to slow down when walking and be as quiet as possible. I always use the still hunter method of stop look and listen.
 
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BrandonM

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Hey guys! Question for you guys... What was your biggest learning curve when you started bowhunting? And if you had any bad habits to beak, what were they?
Getting busted when trying to draw my bow when deer would fake feed to get you to move. Busted me big time the first year I bowhunted when ambushing some mule deer.
 

Hilltop

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I missed several shots as a kid because I didn't learn to control my emotions or have a pre-shot routine. Once I developed the pre-shot routine my hunting accuracy improved dramatically.

Mine is a very simple pre shot mental checklist that I force myself to go through.

Anchor
Grip
Breath
Pick a spot
Hold on target for 3 count
float and release

There is more to it of course but that is my mental list I go through in seconds that has helped me a ton.
 
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archeranthony

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Learning proper bow balance is something I’ve been working on perfecting. I always used to think my bow was too light or too heavy and never really understood what the front and rear stabilizer are for
 

dan maule

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Shoot a draw weight that you can draw from any position comfortably such as sitting. I blew many opportunities as a teenager because I was pulling too much weight. At last light when it's very cold coupled with buck fever, I simply could not get my bow to full draw without extreme movement. I started backing down my draw weight 3 or so pounds about two weeks before season.
 

HuskyMusky

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Learning when to draw my bow.

I learned a long time ago to draw my bow and hold it if I have to.

If you wait to draw your bow too late 90% of the time you will regret it because when an animal is in the "Eminent range" your odds in getting busted are about 6000000X greater....

Learned this the hard way MANY times.

Dont draw your bow when an animal is standing still if they are already in "Eminent Range"....wait until they are moving.
Yup!
I remember waiting and waiting to decide if a buck was a shooter, usually too late...
also a lot is happening, buck comes in hot....moving.... gotta draw.... aim... figure out distance...
 

hunttrap

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Knowing when not to hunt. For whitetails on the river bottoms of eastern Nebraska in the early fall the wind stops and thermals swirl, spooking any deer within a few hundred yards. Not hunting these nights sucks but limits pressure making for more opportunities later. I haven't hunted the last couple nights grrr.
 
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Rich M

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I'm about legally deaf and wear 2 hearing aids. The amount of noise to spook deer at close range is a lot less than I can hear at all. Squeaky equipment has ruined cumulative - multiple years worth of hunting for me.

Had a doe bust out when i drew when her head was behind a bush - wife said a shrill squeak from bow, turns out buddy borrowed it and left it out in the rain. Another time buddy told me he could hear my tree stand squeak every time I moved - had used that thing for at least 5 years without a kill from it. Then I knew and threw it away.

Its the little details.

Also know that deer can duck or dodge your arrow any time it wants if it knows it is coming, sometimes not. I had an antlerless duck a 350 fps crossbow bolt at 30 yds this past Saturday. Have had deer duck arrows at 20 yds too. Dang things move quick.

I hate bow hunting. Of 5 deer I've lost, 4 were w bow and 1 ML. Never lost a deer w rifle. But bow hunting isn't about the kill, it is about the adventure. ;)