PSE’s Dustin Jones How to Start out in Bowhunting
By Dustin Jones
When you are just starting to get into bowhunting, it can be a little overwhelming. But the key is not to let that get the best of you. I have introduced several friends of mine into bowhunting and they have loved every minute of it.
The most obvious piece of equipment that you will need is a bow. The best thing you can do is find one that fits you and that you are comfortable shooting. When you are first starting out, there are great ready to shoot bow packages that include the bow, sight, quiver, and rest which helps relieve some of the stress about choosing the right set of accessories for your bow.
Once you have picked out a bow that is the time to start practicing. Get very familiar with your bow and practice often. The most important thing to remember about practicing is make sure you are putting in the effort when you do. Don’t just practice for the sake of practicing. When you shoot your bow, make sure you are consistent in your shooting motion to reduce making mistakes while hunting.
The most important thing you should do is learn the regulations for the state that you are hunting. Know what paperwork must be done. Take your bowhunters education course to become familiar the rules. It is important to know the laws as well as understanding the unit boundaries. I know where I hunt here locally; in certain units I can only hunt whitetails while in others I can hunt both mule deer and whitetail. Later in the season on one side of the road you can hunt with a rifle while the other side of the road is archery only. So paying attention to the rules and regulations is very important to save you from having expensive fines and suspension of your hunting license.
Lastly, have fun. There will be a learning curve but go out there and just relax. You may not get an animal your first year out hunting, but enjoy the fact that you are out there hunting. As you are just getting started you will make mistakes, but as you continue practicing and getting out hunting you will learn how to minimize them. You will learn what works and what doesn’t work while hunting and having those close encounters and failed attempts. Who knows, maybe you’ll get out there for your first hunt and arrow a monster!
Dustin Jones is a passionate outdoorsman who loves to hunt, especially bowhunt. He created his blog, HighCountryBowhunter.com, to share his experiences with others. He is a Field Staff member for DIYbowhunter.com and Adventure Team member for MINOX Hunting Optics.
Dustin was born and raised in Eastern Idaho where he currently resides with his wife and two sons.