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Tips From Shooting 100 Deer

early bow season doe
early bow season doe that was calm and feeding

Bowhunting is tough! We have all had misses or missed opportunities. The hunter must be within 30 yards of the deer(normally). A deer has keen senses like great eye sight, scent and hearing. So in this bowhunting video tip Bill Winke is going to share 3 tips on how to improve your success. For those of you just visiting or haven’t been paying attention I am big Bill Winke fan. He has three really good tips for bowhunters that can help turn your season around.

These tips piggyback on a previous article I had written about reasons to shoot doe early. One key benefit from killing does is gaining experience. More is taking place than just punching a deer tag. Every time you encounter an opportuntiy to shoot a deer you are gaining valuable deer hunting experience. Bill shares what he was able to take away from his recent QDMA herd management hunts. Bill always has a unique spin on things and these are some really helpful tips.

Get To Full Draw Early

I think we have all been guilty of not drawing quickly enough. Bowhunting is a balancing act and patience does payoff. But being too patient and too passive can result in missed opportunities. Take a more aggressive approach. Try to predict the travel route and rate of the deer and get to full draw early. You will be ready when the opportunity presents itself.

How many times have you or a hunting buddy said  [pullquote style=”right” quote=”dark”]I never had a chance to draw…[/pullquote]

Drawing earlier may also give you an added buffer against the deer’s senses. Drawing on a big doe at 5 yards without being detected is darn near impossible. Making the move a little earlier will have the deer at a safer distance.

arrow trajectory chart
arrow trajectory chart

Watch Your Top Pin

This is a great tip for those shots in the timber and thick brush. The trajectory of an arrow is an arc. The arrow will leave the bow and climb till approximately 15 yards and then begin to fall until it hits the ground. Click the attached arrow trajectory picture for more detail on the trajectory of the arrow.

So hopefully you followed tip #1 and drew your bow early. Now you need to settle the pin on the deer and make the shot. But remember, your arrow will actually travel the trajectory slightly above your 20 yard pin (top) and then fall until reaching the target. Taking a quick glimpse at any obstructions beyond your top pin could potentially guard against a major deflection

Read Body Language

Experienced deer hunters are fluent in reading deer body language. Being able to anticipate the next move can be the difference between field dressing or tag soup. Pay close attention to every deer you see while on stand. Pay special attention to the deer you intend to shoot. Nervous deer will have perked ears and probably be continuously looking up. Head down feeding with a bug swatting tail is a sign of a calm deer. Here are few things to look for;

Whitetail Deer Body Language To Watch For;

  • Perked ears
  • tail twitch
  • foot stomp
  • tail up
  • tail tucked
  • ears back
  • posturing

Bow season will be here soon so these tips are pretty timely. Look for a chance to implement these as soon as possible. Shooting does in early season is a great way to build confidence and experience. Scout out a feeding area like a hay field or soy bean field with a high population of does. Set up a tree stand and put these tips into action.

About Jeff

Deer hunting is a great sport and is one of my passions. Between September and January you will probably find me in a treestand with bow in hand. My hope with this site is to share my experience to help you have a more successful and enjoyable deer hunt.

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