BowHunting 101

Popular Species to Bowhunt

Bowhunters aren’t limited to just deer hunting. Different regions offer different species and different opportunities for bowhunting. Click through the gallery below to learn more about the most popular species to bowhunt: deer, turkey, elk and black bear. You’ll also find information about bowfishing.

DEER

Whitetail deer are the most sought-after big game in the U.S. No matter where you live, there will be opportunities to hunt deer within a couple hours of home. While harvesting a whitetail is no easy feat, most bowhunters will begin their education in the deer woods. Study their habits and exude patience, and you will do well.

TURKEY

No creature sees or senses a danger like the wild turkey. Besides locating a gobbler, knowing when to draw back your bow is the most crucial element of hunting this bird. With eyes on the side of their head, they can see 270 degrees. Patience and resilience will you make you an accomplished turkey bowhunter.

ELK

Today, you no longer have to travel west of the Mississippi River to hunt elk. These big animals can now be hunted throughout the eastern U.S. As one of the toughest in the deer family, you’ll not only have to shoot tight groups with your bow, you’ll also need to be in excellent condition. These long-legged creatures will take you into some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.

BLACK BEAR

Black bears are not dangerous and they’re fun to hunt. And contrary to popular belief, their meat is delicious. As the black bear population continues to grow around the country, more bowhunters are hunting them. This adventure will likely require an outfitter who can teach you the essence of hunting bears with a bow.

BOWFISHING

Few things are more fun than bowfishing during the warm months. This is a stress-free, no-pressure way to hone your shooting skills. You don’t need to make significant changes to your equipment to enjoy bowfishing either. A boat is handy to have, though walking the bank of a waterway has proven successful many times.

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