If you have ever spent any time in the field hunting whitetails, then you have been met by Mother Nature's fury. Whether wind, rain or snow, the weather isn't always picture perfect for hunting, especially with a bow.
Most deer hunters want to take advantage of every moment of the hunting season. In order to do this, as a dedicated hunter, you must learn how to hunt deer with a bow. Bow hunting a deer or any other animal for that matter, is often quite a challenge. One of the most frequent hardships any hunter faces is being out there in less than perfect weather.
You need to be ready to bow hunt under any type of adverse weather conditions. Here are 3 tips to help you be ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store.
Step 1: Practice During Adverse Weather Conditions
Though this may seem like a "no brainer," many hunters are lazy and don't take the time to practice at all during the off season. It is especially important to practice during windy conditions as this is probably the most common scenario you will face while in the field. However, don't just practice in the wind, practice in the rain and snow.
This will be time consuming and definitely uncomfortable, but the experience will be priceless when you encounter the same conditions on your next hunt
When practicing, make it as realistic as possible.
Be sure to attempt shots at many different distances. This will help you to determine your maximum accurate distance during these conditions based on your ability and the reliability of your equipment.
To increase the realism, find a 3-D shoot in your area. If you are unable to find one, use a 3-D or block target in your yard at varying distances.
Step 2: Know Your Limitations
Assuming you practice regularly, under normal circumstances, you may be a proficient archer at 50 yards.
However, during windy conditions this distance may be cut in half. This is the reason to practice shooting at a target at many distances. This provides a fair assessment of your ability and that of your equipment through trial and error.
Bear in mind that these adverse conditions not only affect your stability with the bow, but your strength as well. As your body fatigues in these circumstances, your normally good form will suffer.
Remember, it is important to ONLY take ethical shots. This means knowing that you can make the shot and it will be a merciful kill for the animal.
Step 3: Use the Right Equipment
This may seem like a bit of an ambiguous statement, but it is actually very important.
This does not mean, you need one brand of equipment over another. It does mean however that you must know your equipment, how it operates and its limitations during these conditions.
There is one piece of your equipment you can change which will increase your success rate .
Change the veins on your arrows . Use a vein not more than 3 inches long and one which has a 3% helical.
The helical will allow your arrow to cut into the wind immediately when it clears your rest. This will start your arrow spinning more quickly and help to keep it on a flatter trajectory.