03 Jun Crossbow Hunting – Some Tips to Make Your Hunting Trip a Success
Crossbow Hunting – Some Tips to Make Your Hunting Trip a Success
by: Grady McGraw
In order to make your crossbow hunting trip a successful one rather than one in which you come back home empty handed, here are a few quick tips you should pay close attention to. First, don’t go after the deer, but rather, let the deer come to you. Walking through the woods will cause rustling noises that will easily scare the deer away from the area, causing you to have a pretty disappointing day. This is why it is always best to hunt from either a ground blind or from a tree stand. A good rule of thumb to follow is to position yourself roughly 20 yards away from a trail where deer are active, facing upwind. This will give you the best opportunity for a well aimed, close shot at an animal that is fairly relaxed.
Something else that will help you succeed on your crossbow hunting trip is to know the ins and outs of the deer anatomy. Obviously, you will not need to know every single thing about where which parts are located inside of the deer, but it will really help to know the location of vital organs. Knowing the location of the lungs will really help you land a shot, especially one that ends up going through both lungs, which will kill the animal in a matter of seconds. If you know exactly where you are supposed to be aiming, this will help you to set up the angle in which you are shooting from as well.
Something that hunters might forget about, especially when crossbow hunting for whitetail deer, is that their nose is a very powerful instrument. In fact, it is their number one line of defense. If a deer smell’s you, then you most likely will never end up seeing that particular animal. If the wind is blowing your scent toward a deer, especially an older and wiser deer, it is actually pretty incredible how far away they can be and still pick up the human scent. Be sure to take a shower before heading out and make sure to use only non-scented soap. This goes for deodorant as well.
Make sure when crossbow hunting, that the equipment you are using is ideal for the type of animal you will be hunting. You will have to know the strengths of your equipment, as well its limitations. For example, animals with heavy bones will require a broadhead with a fixed blade. If you need better accuracy, an expandable broadhead may work better for you.
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