The time has finally come in – Mr. Eight and BoneShed Archery have met for one last time. While some of our team members could have gotten him sooner, it was a team effort to make this happen. Here is what took place:
It was a cold morning hunt in Virgina. A cold front had just moved in and would only be staying for a day or two. The deer were out in the field eating the soy beans from the second that I got into the tree stand. In normal fashion, each deer slowly made their way to the tree line only to disappear before there was enough light to tell whether or not they were a buck or a doe, except for one of them. The last deer that was out on the field was about 100 yards away and seemed to be taking its time with leaving for the day. Once there was enough light, I could tell that it was a buck, but I could not tell which one. Then in normal fashion, the deer made his way to the tree line and started to head in. Once all that could be seen was his tail, I decided that it could not hurt to try to bring him back with a grunt. Worst case he continues to go into the woods and ignore my grunt, best case he responds. With a short and quiet grunt, the deer turned on a dime and came back to the edge of the field. Once he stuck his head back down to the ground, I did another low and quiet grunt. This time he responded fully. he picked up his head determined what direction the grunt came from and a b-line straight for my stand. Once he came into range, he turned broad side to give a 15 yard shot. By this time my nerves had kicked in and I was shaking uncontrollably. I drew back and let go, a miss! I could not believe it, I missed. To my surprise, the buck did not go anywhere, he wanted to find this other buck. With shaking still in control, I managed to get another arrow, draw back and connect with a 22 yard shot. At this point I was nto sure which buck I had just shot. I knew it was a buck, but I had stopped paying attention to the points when he made a b-line for me. Now the real change started, tracking the deer. The tracking took a long time, but after about 200 yards, he was finally found, and to my surprise it was Mr. Eight. Finally after watching and tracking this deer since June, I was able to put everything together. Somethings learned from this hunt:
IT HAPPENS FAST – When the time comes it will happen fast. Keep in mind that it may not happen again so try to remember as much detail as possible.
POWER IN THE BROADHEAD – The only thing that actually saved this hunt was the broad head. At BoneShed Archery we use RamCat Broad heads. Even though the shot was bad the broadhead did its job perfectly.
MISS DOES NOT MEAN THE END – If you shoot and miss, this does not mean the end. Stick it out and try to keep calm. With Bow Hunting you could get another chance.
Have you ever seen a target where one section is completely shot out? Sure you have, and possibly it has been our target. Most hunters, even us at Boneshed Archery find ourselves shooting at the same spot over and over on the target which in turn put wear and tear on it at a greater speed. Although it may seem like a simple concept consider shooting at more than the marked “vitals” on the target. Here are some ways to practice accuracy and keep it interesting:
Slow it Down: The object to practice is not speed but rather repetition so that in the event that you actually have to perform, competition or hunting, your mind and muscles will be trained to take its time to line up the shot and do it well. Remember take time to breath. Concentrate on what you are doing at each step: Notching the arrow, drawing back, anchoring, lining up the sights, and releasing. Take your time during practice with each shot.
Pick a Spot: As you start you time of practice with a bow. Pick different spots on the target to shoot at. If your target has an outline of a deer: Aim for the head, Aim for the back leg, Aim for the tail, or Aim for the front leg. Note: this is not meant for sighting in your bow but rather practice. Shoot two or three arrows in each location.
Sticker it Up: Stickers are cheap, new targets are not. At most stores you can by a pack of stickers (bright orange works well) for a couple of dollars. Place a sticker or two on your target, not on the vitals, to practice where to aim. The sticker will give you a good reference point as to where your arrow is ending up and the adjustments that you need to make.
Close on the Vitals: This is a great way to close out your practice session, shooting the vitals on the target. One it is fun, and by this time you should be hitting them! If your target has the outline of a deer, look at the whole picture when you are aiming. This should help with when you are in your stand or hunting spot and a deer comes into range, you are already used to the outline as a whole.
Keep in mind the accuracy comes with time. There will be lost arrows, missed shots, and messed up targets, so remember HAVE FUN!
Even though it is the off season there is so much that can be done at this time of year. Here are some things to keep in mind with the “off season” in full motion:
- Trim up the woods: Remember sitting in the tree stand and telling yourself, “If only that branch was not there I could have more range to get the shot that counts…” Don’t let that thought linger too long. With spring right around the corner and trees starting to bud, get out there and do some cutting. This is the perfect time of year to get out there and trim, cut, and creates new shooting lanes. Why? Because the trees have yet to bud and grow leaves. This makes for a much easier clean up. Pulling branches and trees out with no leaves is easier than a tree or branch in full bloom.
- Tree Stand Maintenance: Taking down your tree stand at least once a year is a great habit to form. Checking the straps bolts, and overall condition of the tree stand helps maintain the durability of the stand so that it will last longer.
- Smelling up the woods: By going out there now and doing the majority of the work for this up and coming hunting season, there is plenty of time for your scent to fade away so that there is no longer any trace.
- Ground prep: Once the ground has thawed in your state, take time to clean up the grounds that you may be putting down corn, food plots, or mineral licks. By doing this the ground will be soft and easier to work. Don’t worry ab0ut planting or tilling just the prep of getting it ready to plant or work.
Remember that time spent in the off season helps the hunting season. Get out there and practice, enjoy the outdoors, and have fun!
As a bow hunter one of the most important off season tools is a good hand saw. There should be alot of time spent in the woods in the off season preparing your location for the best possible results, one of the things that should be done is triming and cutting shooting lanes. This is where Wicked Tree Saw comes into play! Instead of buying a genaric hand saw, buy something that is going to get the job done. Not only will the Wicked Tree Saw get the job done, but it will LAST. That’s right, it is durable and dependable. Boneshed Archery is proud to announce that you can now purchase the Wicked Tree Saw through us! Check out the linked video for more information
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