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Why are there separate seasons for archery and firearm hunting for deer?

I think the main reason for this is that the hunting styles are a lot different between the two. Archery hunters often don't wear orange and get very close to the their prey while gun hunters wear ...
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Why do you not aim for the head while archery hunting?

Compare a human skull to that of a deer. The human skull is dominated by the brain, so a shot to the head is likely to penetrate the cranium and brain. On the other hand, a deer brain is very small ...
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Why do you not aim for the head while archery hunting?

The head tends to be a harder target to hit than the vital organs in the center of the body, but a penetrating hit there is more likely to take a human or animal to unconsciousness and inability ...
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How to kill a bear with a bow?

To answer this I need to split up your question a little bit. I'd like to know which kind of arrow would slow down or kill a bear Every arrow with a broad-head (= hunting point) attached. It doesn't ...
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Why would archery season be either before or after rifle season?

Your question was about deer hunting in Pennsylvania and Oregon where the majority of the deer are whitetail deer and mule deer, respectively. My answer applies to both, generally. There are many ...
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Can orange safety vest be used when hiking during hunting season?

This answer is based on research and my experience hiking in the United States, specifically the Midwest and Northeastern US. I mostly focus on deer season, because that's the big one in this area. Be ...
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What are the reasons for prohibiting bow hunting in many countries?

For two (percieved or real) reasons, I believe: A greater risk of wounding the animal. (Even a skilled hunter misses from time to time and a hunter with a rifle has a bigger chance of getting off a ...
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Why are there separate seasons for archery and firearm hunting for deer?

One shooting the other basically. It's a safety measure. Where I live we don't have hunting season. We hunt the whole year round. I'm a bow-hunter and I've encounter myself looking up the barrel of a ...
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Is a field tip as effective as a hunting tip for small game

Chances are you'll be doing a lot more tracking. Blunt tips are for very small game, intended to knock they prey out cold or cause death by blunt trauma. Hunting tips are intended to increase depth ...
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Why do you not aim for the head while archery hunting?

This question arises basically for one reason. Movies are wrong. Any cop or soldier (even snipers) are trained to shoot center of mass. This is because it's far easier to hit, and still highly lethal. ...
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Why do you not aim for the head while archery hunting?

A headshot is a high percentage HIT if done perfectly, but it is not a high percentage SHOT to do perfectly. The brain (which is the actual intended target) is a small target, a miss of the exact ...
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Why do you not aim for the head while archery hunting?

It does apply, in some cases - it's actually a preference. For small game such as rabbits a neat little shot to the head with a high powered air rifle will kill the rabbit and save you from having to ...
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Legal situation to bowhunt in Hungary for foreigners

What I have found here on page 2 is that you are allowed to hunt with gun permit + up-to-date "hunting ticket", or with foreign hunting permit. On page 1 there is reference to a law saying that you ...
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Why are there separate seasons for archery and firearm hunting for deer?

Hunting serves several purposes, a few of which are to: Allow residents (who own public game animals) to harvest meat; Follow long-held traditions; Manage game populations The two most common types ...
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Backpack with rifle/bow holder without camo?

If your reason for not wanting camo is that you want to be obvious (maybe to other hunters so you don't get shot) then you can always flash a backpack with reflective material, or use a hi vis pack ...
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Should I use a double or triple broadhead for boars?

Three blade broadheads will leave a wider wound channel and thus a better chance for a kill as bow kills are usually blood loss. It can be argued that two blade gets better penetration but, in my ...
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Crossbow draw strength

Yes - 50lbs draw means you need to be able to pull 50lbs, unless you have a pulley/gear reduction. So if you increase to a higher draw, you'll need to be able to pull it.
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Rational reason to pick a bow over a gun?

I find bows are more challenging. Plus, in Ohio for whitetail deer, the archery season last from end the of September through February. The gun season lasts only a week and then an extra weekend. ...
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Rational reason to pick a bow over a gun?

Other than the stated back to nature (if you can count it as that as most hunters use compounds) it is generally considered both quiter and cheaper. It is a lot cheaper to buy a bow and arrows than ...
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Crossbow draw strength

If you have to pull it back manually without a mechanism then you will need the strength to pull it back. Also consider when putting a new draw on it, that the body can hold the increased vibration ...
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Is a field tip as effective as a hunting tip for small game

The outcome in the use of the set up you speak of, will also greatly depend on the size of the game you are considering hunting. On small game a field tip will penetrate, and in most instances, pin ...
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Broadhead tuning

No offence, but if your bow is properly tuned you'll literally feel no difference from field tips to broadheads :) Broadheads intensify any tuning issues. That's why you may experience a supposedly ...
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What are the reasons for prohibiting bow hunting in many countries?

Here in Ohio we allow both rifle/shotgun and bow hunting. I think part of it comes down to the power in each of the two items. We have 40 pound minimum draw weights on the bows here for hunting. So ...
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Backpack with rifle/bow holder without camo?

I've found some! I've searched a little bit and stumbled over a few. For example the "Halti Kauris": One is even able to remove the "rifle holder" and use it as a completely common backpack. Or ...
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Is there a minimum poundage required for bow hunting?

According to the "Australian Bowhunters Association" there is no minimum requirement. Q: What the minimum bow poundage required to hunt in Australia? Answer The ABA has no minimum ...
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Arrow length for hunting

Hunting arrows fly differently due to the broadheads so the "fineTuning" variable would be slightly different. I shoot the same bow and arrows (points and broadheads weight the same) for field and ...
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Rational reason to pick a bow over a gun?

You didn't mention your intended use - so lets go with it; Hunting; - longer season - potential access to different game - when you shoot it, you don't scare off every animal within ear shot - ...
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What options are available for hunting feral boar on Hawaii?

Here is what I've learned from living and vacationing in Hawaii on several of the islands. Looking through the Hawaiian Yellow Pages, it seems that there are several different local food processing ...
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