TO KEEP NEW ARCHERS INTERESTED, START SLOWLY AND LET THEM SET THE PACE.
I started to carefully stalk up behind the buck. Everything was going great just as it had several times before. Instead of trying to shoot it with a rifle at 100 yards, though, my bow would do the deed from 25. Suddenly, when I was about 50 yards from the buck, he winded me and bolted. I headed back to camp disgusted and swore I would go back after the 11-point buck with my rifle. Later that morning, when my father walked into camp, I recalled the events to him. He laughed and promised that we would hunt together the next day and see if we could outsmart an old whitetail buck. Hunting with Dad always seemed easier, even if his hunting logic didn’t make sense to me at the time.
Looking back at this episode, I realize that I wouldn’t be bowhunting today if my father and some other very special people hadn’t taken the time to get me headed in the right direction and teach me the difference between hunting with a gun and bowhunting. Bowhunting is different in that it requires different equipment and tactics that may seem foreign to even experienced gun hunters. That’s one of the reasons many would-be bowhunters shy away from getting started. If you are looking to start bowhunting or want to introduce a friend or family member to the sport, here are a few points to consider.