10 Steps To Increase Your Bowhunting Luckon Apr 16, 2013
If you are serious about bowhunting success then you understand that hard work will make you a “lucky” hunter. Being successful (lucky) takes practice, commitment, planning, legwork, and time. These factors will put you where the game is and increase your chances of having a successful hunt. Personally, I start planning for the next year's hunt during the current season and mid-late winter is a perfect time to get most of the work done. So, with that thought in mind, let’s examine some tips that can help put you in the right place at the right time, make you more comfortable in the field, and give you the skills needed to increase your "luck"!
Private land can be accessed if you plan ahead and visit with landowners.
1. Practice, Practice, Practice
There is never enough time to shot your bow. Any time you can spend shooting, working on your form, or improving your gear can and will help. In the winter I set up an indoor bow range in my basement and move it outside in the spring. I try to shoot at least three days a week during the off season and everyday if time allows. Sometimes I only shoot 5 arrows, but I try to focus on specific principals or techniques of my shooting form. In addition, an archery league is also a great place to work on shooting skills. No matter where you practice remember this is one area where there is really no luck, just hard work and time that will eventually turn to skill.
2. Save Money and Buy Gear Now
High-tech hunting clothing and gear is expensive! However, you can get lucky and find deals at the end of the season. I have picked up new hunting clothes for as much as 70% off at the end of the hunting season through about mid-March. You may have mismatched patterns, which I actually believe is a benefit, but the savings is huge. I believe the more you break up your human outline the better off you will be! These fabrics incorporate the newest thermal, breathable, waterproof, and wind-proof features that make staying out in the elements longer more comfortable and safe. Also, remember that stores like to reduce inventory and increase space so now is a great time to get blinds and stands cheaper as well!
Your local pro shop is a great resource for all archers, use them.
3. Visit Your Local Pro Shop
If you are a bowhunter, this is an essential resource for improving your “luck”. Most pro-shop employees have been trained and have the expertise, time, and exposure to help you with any questions you may have. I always take my bow and have the pro-shop guy do a complete examination looking for any issues or problems. In most cases, the shop employees will look over your bow for free; especially if you purchased it there. I practice a lot so I typically take my bow in twice a year. I also take this time to look through new gear and pick the brains of the prostaff and have them critique my shooting form.