No matter how much you hunt, watch hunting videos, and read hunting books and articles, some hunter, somewhere, will always know more than you. They might even scout and hunt the same areas as you, and possibly reach “your” hunting site before you arrive.
Because you don’t want to just return home – especially on opening day of bow season – it’s important to have a backup hunting plan when another hunter disrupts your original plan.
To make sure you can bowhunt each day:
- Always scout alternative places to hunt in case another hunter claims your site first.
- Look for sites that others might not consider hunting, such as an oak dropping acorns near a main road.
- Don’t get angry if another hunter disrupts your hunt. Just move to your alternative spot.
What if you don’t even know what to do if you get yourself in the right spot?
No worries. Check out Archery 360’s (Wild) Game Geek, which offers excerpts from the Archery Trade Association’s Explore Bowhunting curriculum. You’ll find information on how to track and scout wildlife, learn the patterns and eating habits of deer, bear and other species too. Plus, there are illustrations on shot placement and instruction on how to field dress wild game and properly care for the meat.
Take a look at the Whitetail Season: Stand Placement video for more tips.