So you have taken the first step and decided to look into hunting with a bow… Welcome to the addiction that is archery!
Bowhunting is no different than any other form, except most would agree its possibly a bit more adrenaline inducing! Remember that first time you went hunting? Bowhunting is that feeling… every time!
That said, many experienced bowhunters have stories of when they just started out, how they struggled to get good information, and how much time and money they spent making mistakes.
This section is here simply to try and reduce the hassle and stress of getting good information and to try and explain how and why bowhunters may suggest one thing above another for a specific situation or hunt:
A. Choose a Bow
C. Choose a Rest
G. Get to know Kill Zones, Animal Behaviour and practice, practice, practice!
And don’t forget! after a successful hunt, you will need to process your meat, as well as your trophy. Remember, your trophy doesn’t need to hit the record books. The skin or horns from your first harvested animal is the story you tell your friends and children. It’s probably even more valuable than the record horns!
And after you have picked up your meat, and have a full freezer for the rest of the season, please consider donating some of your meat to the 10kg.Club
After everything is said and done, and the first, shorter distance hunt is in the bag, you most probably want to pay more attention to getting you bow as accurate as possible, for longer distances, and simply peace of mind. Generally your bow shop or Pro shop would take care of most of this in any case, but it’s a good idea to get to the bottom of the tuning of your bow. It’s good to have someone that can do it for you… it’s better to be able to do it yourself!
Below is what you will generally be tuning:
b. Paper tuning
c. Torque Tuning
d. Bare shaft tuning
e. Walk back tuning
f. French tuning
g. Spine tuning
h. HIL Tuning
i. Nock tuning / Spin test
j. Broadhead tuning