Checklist for Bowhunting Success



By: John F. Phillips
By: John F. Phillips

The little things that may seem insignificant can make or break your bowhunt. Here’s how to spot potential problems. The 4-point buck was standing broadside to me in a patch of sun that caused his ivory antlers to glow like neon lights. Since his head was up, I had no opportunity to draw. The wind was blowing from behind the whitetail and into my face. I knew the animal couldn’t smell me. And, I felt I was invisible decked out in camo and with my face painted with grease paint. Although the shot should have been an easy one, there is always anxiety, that nervous feeling I get just before the moment of truth. The cold sweat I felt trailing down my face and the hair on the back of my neck that now stood at attention were reminders to me that I must relax just before the shot if I was to shoot accurately and down the buck. Finally after what seemed like an eternity, the deer lowered his head. I started my draw and the sequence of events that if performed properly, would result in my arrowing the buck. However before my string reached my anchor point at the corner of my mouth, I shifted my weight slightly and heard a terrifying squeak from my tree stand. I hoped that the buck hadn’t heard the stand pop, but just as quickly I watched the deer jump and speed away. I’d done everything right – except make sure that my stand was oiled to keep it from making a sound like it just had.

One squeak from my treestand and this buck was gone.
One wrong movement, not being scent free, paying attention to the wind, one squeak from your treestand and buck is gone.

Deer hunting with a bow and arrow is the most-exacting sport in the out-of-doors. To consistently be successful, you constantly must pay attention to even the smallest and most-minute details. This paying attention to detail needs to become a reflex, rather than a thought process.


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