End of summer is a great time to prepare for bow season
When do you prepare for bow season?
Summer is winding down, kids are heading back to school (parents are breathing a sigh of relief), and the hunter can hear the woods calling. Even though bow season is a few weeks away, there are several things you can do now to get ready for it. Ensure a successful hunt this year and keep yourself busy until opening day.
We put together this list with a little help from North American Whitetail.com
#1. Sight In Your Bow Now
Shooting ranges are notoriously busy the 2 weeks before opening day. If you go now you probably won’t have to wait in line and you’ll have more elbow room.
#2. Make Your Own Arrows
We know you can buy arrows. but we are Bitzenburger, maker of the world’s best fletching jig, so naturally we like to encourage hunters of all ages to make their own arrows. There really is something a bit more special about bagging a buck with an arrow you made yourself. Making arrows with your kids is a great project as well!
Check out this cool video on how to use our jig.
#3. Talk to Farmers
Very few people have a better understanding of what’s going on in your hunting area than local farmers. Since they spend much of the summer planting, spraying, and baling hay, farmers usually have a pretty good idea of what the deer are doing.
In addition, most farmers are bombarded by requests to hunt their land in the late summer and early fall. Getting out early and speaking with the local landowners may help you get a foot in the door.
#4. Check in With Land Owners
If you are lucky enough to know a land owner who has given you permission to hunt their property it is nice to drop in and say hi once in awhile. But don’t make is just a social visit. Offer to help around the property and lend a hand. Fix fences, clear paths, etc. The owners might also have some good insight about deer patterns and what they’ve seen throughout the year. It’s always a good idea to be a good neighbor.
If you want to find the bucks, follow the does. Does are often more visible, and their travel patterns remain roughly the same throughout much of the year. If you know where the does are spending their time you’ll be in position to intercept a buck when the rut hits later in the year.
Monitoring deer movement is important, and summer is a great time for setting up cameras to collect as many photos as possible. Doing so will give you a better idea of deer movement patterns in the area. You’ll have an idea of which deer are utilizing your hunting area as part of their home range. You might be able to intercept a buck early in the season but, just as importantly, if you do your homework you’ll figure out the deer’s home range and will be close by when the rut is in full swing in late autumn.
What do you do to prepare for bow season?
We want to know what you do to prepare for bow season. When you do start getting ready–other than in your mind–we know all about “hunting on the brain.”
Let us know!