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Questions tagged [bow-hunting]

Bow hunting is the sport of hunting game animals and birds with the help or bows and arrows. Bow hunters are further classified into two broad categories....traditional bow hunters and compound bow hunters. Traditional bow hunters use traditional archery tackle (long bow, recurve bow) without sights and compound bow hunters use compound bows.

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When calling in elk during bow season, where should the caller be in relation to the hunter?

If you are hunting elk in a team of two people with one attempting to call it in and the other to kill it, where should the caller be in relation to the hunter?
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How to tell the difference between elk and hunters using elk calls?

Sometimes when hunting elk, especially archery, you will hear elk calls and be unsure whether it is an elk or a human using an elk call. How could one tell the difference?
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Is an IBEP/EBF course also possible with a recurve bow?

I wanted to take a bow-hunter course (DBJV) following the guidelines provided by IBEP and EBF. However, all the regulations seem to be for compound bows. Is it even possible to take the exam with a ...
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Why would archery season be either before or after rifle season?

Are there any reasons, other than tradition, to have archery season either before or after rifle season? I was chatting with a couple of Stack Exchangers when one of them remarked that in ...
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How do you cure rabbit fur for an arrow rest?

I have a couple of recurve bows that my brother and I had when we were kids. My kids are just starting to use them now, but the rabbit fur that my dad glued to the risers to use as arrow rests fell ...
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Broadhead tuning

I have what I think is a well-tuned 70# compound bow. I use a release and carbon fiber arrows. IBO is 313 fps. Real-world chrony is around 250 fps. Arrows are GT XT 5575 with QuickFletch vanes. I ...
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What are the reasons for prohibiting bow hunting in many countries?

Besides a few exceptions (Finland, France, Hungary etc.), it's generally prohibited to hunt with a bow in Europe. At least I'm sure for Germany, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland :). What were the ...
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Legal situation to bowhunt in Hungary for foreigners

As a foreigner from the EU, what prerequisites do I have to fulfill to hunt with a bow in Hungary? Edit: I'm asking for general rules like "You need an accepted hunting licence. Most of the EU ...
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Are fixed or mechanical blades better for moose hunting?

Going to Alaska to moose hunt with a compound bow set for 65 pounds. Would it be better to use fixed blade or mechanical broadheads?
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How to kill a bear with a bow?

I'd like to know which kind of arrow would slow down or kill a bear, which vital spots should I aim at, which kind of bow should do the job, more specifically, against black and grizzly bears? "What ...
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Backpack with rifle/bow holder without camo?

The answer to this question states that one may want to use a backpack with the possibility to attach a bow or a rifle. I use a pack similar to this one... RedHead Primal Bow/Rifle Pack ...
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Why do you not aim for the head?

In 3D archery and while hunting we're aiming for the lungs and the heart most of the time. At least this is true for bobcats, lynxes, deer and other similar animals. See this target for example: ...
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Why was Fred Bear shooting left-handed?

Fred Bear was right-handed and, as far as I know, his dominant eye was also the right one. Nevertheless he shot left-handed - why?
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Is there a minimum poundage required for bow hunting?

I want to go on a hunt in Australia. I'm normally quite close to the minimum poundage limit (around 52 pound). This makes me ask if there is a minimum poundage in Australia and - of course - if yes, ...
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Should I use a double or triple broadhead for boars?

A triple broadhead has three edges equally attached around the shaft while a double broadhead has only two blades. Triple broadhead: So, which one should one use to hunt boars? A double- or triple-...
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Arrow length for hunting

So, from a non-hunting archer's point of view, the arrow length is drawLength + 2" - fineTuning Is there any difference for a hunter or is calculated just the same way?
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Rational reason to pick a bow over a gun?

Okay, besides the emotional preferences, like "in close touch with nature", fun or personal preferences (and so on), is there any rational reason to pick a bow over rifle? I mean things like "it's ...
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Is a field tip as effective as a hunting tip for small game

Note: This question is asked in an absolutely theoretical manner. NEVER hunt without proper equipment! I often ask myself what probably would happen if I shoot small game with a field tip attached. I ...
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What materials from nature can I use to make a hunting bow in the wilderness?

What materials can be used to make a hunting bow in the wilderness? Not just for the main structure but also the materials that would be suitable for the string. All of the materials should be from ...
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Does keeping the crossbow cocked for long periods of time, (i.e. while hunting), harm the crossbow in any way?

I'm thinking about getting into bow hunting, and I'm wondering about the mechanics of crossbows. I assume that I wouldn't cock the crossbow at the time I see a target, and I also assume that I wouldn'...
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Crossbow draw strength

My crossbow has a 50LB draw. It has no mechanism to decrease the amount of strength you use to cock it (you literally just grab the string and pull it back). So my question is: "If the draw is 50LB (...
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What options are available for hunting feral boar on Hawaii?

I posted this on travel.stackexchange.com originally, but it was recommended that I post here as well. Let me know if the question is off-topic and I'll remove it. I am visiting Kauai shortly and am ...
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Carry compound bow on back

I'm new to hunting. Last time I went, I found myself needing to go up or down relatively steep slopes with a little bit of snow. For that kind of terrain it's nice to have both hands free to catch ...
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Assault II vs Hunter Pro [closed]

Does anybody have experience with BOTH the Lone Wolf Assault II vs the Muddy Outdoors Hunter Pro? Please keep the discussion to this comparison. I'm leaning towards the muddy, it's lighter, and ...
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Turkey Broadheads

I have seen many specialty broadheads for turkey hunting, like the Magnus Bullheads. What are the benefits of specialty turkey broadheads and are they necessary or can I use normal broadheads I would ...
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Left-Handed Helical Fletching

When you are fletching your arrows does a lefty shoot with a left helix in their fletching or is it still at a right helix? The reason I ask is the most common fletching tools are to give a right ...
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What are the best ways to increase your draw weight?

What exercises exist for increasing your strength in order to increase the amount of draw weight you can pull back on your bow? I was told just push-ups but, is there anything more that can be done?
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How is ATA measured on a compound bow?

I know that ATA is axle to axle, but is that when the bow is drawn and the limbs are flexed or when the limbs are relaxed and the compound bow is undrawn?
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What does IBO on a bow mean and how is it calculated?

When I look at bow manufacturers' websites, I see bows are rated with an IBO for their arrows speed. I was wondering what IBO stands for and how it is calculated.
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What fps does a bow need to hunt moose?

I have been looking into how strong of a bow would be required to bow hunt moose. I haven't been able to find a specific number as to how many fps you should be shooting to safely hunt moose.