According to the Webster New World thesaurus a community is a village, colony, hamlet; town or it could mean the public, the people, or the nation. Community to me is so much more than that. To me a community can be a club, group, sport community, or being on the fire department.
One community that I have always felt apart of was the bow hunting community. I have always felt right at home being in this group of people. They have taught me so much in life and helped me out when I was going through high school. The thing that they have thought me the most about is shooting a bow. The whole time I have been in this club they have always focused on shooting form, the game rules, and how to plan a hunt. Because when I was little I thought that you could just go pick up a bow and you would be fine but there is much more to it than that.
Having the same form for every shoot is an important issue when it comes to shooting a bow. Like the video said if you do one little thing different to your shooting form it will mess up your whole shot. In bow hunting if you miss by an inch it is like missing my a mile. when my cousin and I started shooting bows together we thought that our forms both had to be the same. So we tried to copy each other but in reality our forms could not be more different. the picture below shows that my cousin has more of an open stance and he closes his hand because he feels like it helps him keep the bow under control. He also uses his check as an anchor point for the bow string. Where as I have more of a straight forward stand and I like to leave me more open on the handle of the bow. I let the handle set in the back of my hand. which is more comfortable to me. I also like to use the edge of my lip as anchor point were as he uses his cheek. Once you get your form down you need to learn the rules and regulations for the specific animal you are wanting to go after.
Rules of hunting
They always said that it is not easy to distinguish between what is lawful and unlawful hunting. There is a set of written rules known as the game laws. These laws are set forth that way hunters take proper techniques and tactics when it comes to hunting. The rules are also in place that way hunters do not take too many deer in one year. So that the deer population does not go extinct. That is why deer hunting is only a certain time of the year and not all year around. Archery season in Ohio normally ranges from the end of September to the beginning of February. It is set in this time of the year because does are having fawns in the early part of the summer. So it is possible for the deer population to be able to make a come back after the following season.
A few of the rules that have been put in place are no hunting at dark. The legal hunting hours are thirty minutes after sun rise and thirty minute before sunset. If you shoot a deer anytime other than in legal hunting time it is considered an act of poaching. You are only allowed a certain bag limit of deer each year. In the state of Ohio you are allowed one buck and two does each year. If you harvest a deer in Ohio you have to have your deer tagged in by 11 pm the day it was killed, unless you did not recover it that day and have to go back to look the next day. Each state also has a regulation to the type of weapons that are legal to use through the year. In some states you can use Compound bow or a cross bow in the bow season. However, crossbows are not legal in all states. There are many other rules and regulation for hunting the best way to keep up to date on them is by getting a regulation book every year and reading it. Because these rules are not set in stone and they have been know to change year to year. once you know the rules and regulations you can start to form a game plan for that years hunt.
Coming up with a game plan
When coming up with a game plan to go hunting first you need to find an area where the deer are running and do not seem to be stressed over humans. When you are looking for an area to hunt in you want to keep an eye out for scrapes and rubs on trees. If you can find an area with a lot of scrapes and rubs, that means the deer are using the area has a crossing from a bedding to feeding area. Some people like to use trail cameras to capture pictures of the deer in the area that they are hunting. It is a good way to get an idea of what you might come across in the season but it is not always a for sure thing. some deer just might be passing through.
Some of the strategies that they always went over was how are you going to hunt? From the group, a tree stands, or are you going to drive deer. That is a very important question to ask yourself before you go out and hunt. Because not all areas are good for hunting on the ground and some are bad for hunting out of a tree stand. Hunting from the ground is pretty self-explanatory. You go out and try to find a big tree or a pile of brush to get up against so it is more difficult for the deer to see you. Most hunters now a day, more tend to go with hunting out of a tree stand. Whether it be a climber or a stationary stand like a ladder stand.
Hunting From Above
However, hunting from a tree stand holds it’s own set of challenges and responsibilities on the hunter. If a hunter is going to hunt from a tree stand then they should take to responsibility to practice shooting their bow out of them before attempting to shoot at a deer. Because shooting from a tree stand means you have to shoot from different angles, were as when most archers practice they are on a parrel plane with the target and not above it. Then you have stand placement because you cannot go out in the woods and put your stand in the first tree you see. You have to find out with way deer are traveling through that area. That way you can place your stand in a tree that gives you the hunter the best shot possible. This brings me to the topic on driving deer.
Driving deer is best done on a piece of land that the hunters know very well. That way they know where they are able to shoot and which direction the drivers are coming from. Driving deer is when you have a large group of people and the group of people want to walk through a grown up field or a patch of woods to get the deer up in moving. In driving you have standers or watchers and drivers. The standers are the set of people who go and wait for the drivers to get over to them and waiting on the deer that are being pushed toward them. The drivers are the group of people who get to walk thought the woods that they are wanting to drive out. Even though you are more likely to see more deer this way there are 3 faults in this type of hunting.
The first and greatest fault in driving is that the deer while sometimes catch wind of the standers so the deer will try and circle around the drivers. Or the deer will not get jumped up because they are laying there watching the drivers walk right by them before they move to run away. The second this is that the standers go into the area they are standing in to noisily. Which will cause the deer to jump up and run away before they are able to do the drive. The third thing is that people try to either make a drive too big or small. If they are trying to make a drive to big then they are giving the deer more of an opportunity for them to get away from you. The ideal length for a drive would range anywhere from one-third to a half a mile depending on the area you are driving out. These method of hunting my have it's disadvantage but it is the best method to get deer up.
In conclusion there are many different things that you have to master before you should go hunting. One of the most important things that you need to do is figure out a shooting form that is comfortable to you. Then you should practice that form so it becomes a systematic reaction to you. Like the video said if you do one little thing different you will mess up your whole shot. once you get your shooting down you need to become familiar with the laws and regulations for your state. The best way to do this is to read the regulation book every year after getting your license. lastly you should scout areas that you are wanting to go hunting in by either using trail cameras or going out and watching the deer yourself. Then you need to decide whether you are going to hurt from the ground, tree stand, or drive deer. If you do all of these things then you will have a successful hunt every year.