Across the U.S., bowhunters are gearing up for the season. Each state regulates their opening day but some states in the Midwest, like North Dakota, have already had their season opener. Read on to learn more about the unique and exciting challenges bowhunting offers.
Bowhunting takes a lot of skill and knowledge and offers a whole different experience than hunting with a rifle. The sport requires a close range kill, so hunters either methodically stalk the game or wait in a stand or blind where they are out of sight. Bowhunters can choose from either a more traditional bow and arrow or a crossbow — where it’s legal — which has more power and is easier to fire consistently.
Bowhunting isn’t just for sport or food these days. On the east coast, deer populations have exploded in recent years and hunters are being called on to help control the population and prevent further damage to the eastern forests. Where white-tailed deer were once a rarity, they are now threatening the biodiversity of the area. Bowhunters are flocking to the area for the abundance of trophy-worthy bucks, and helping the ecosystem while they are at it.
Wherever you’re getting your gear ready for the season opener, make sure you have all the necessities and your list is complete. Wax your string, buy new broadheads, lube your bow cams, and make sure your harness is free of flaws. You may even want to take a scouting trip instead of relying on early-season abundance. Ensure your bow is properly tuned, your gear doesn’t omit any human scent, and your truck is outfitted properly with a tonneau cover.
If you’re out in the field early in the morning before dawn, an Access LED Light may help you with low visibility as you’re loading your truck or searching for gear. Whether your season has already opened or your eagerly anticipating the day, getting your gear in order will help you harvest your first trophy of the season.