Enjoy the alone time
August 06, 2013 at 2:48pm
First off, welcome to hunting. Secondly, while I hunt with both a bow and a rifle (during the appropriate seasons), bow season is by far my favorite, especially the early season. There are MANY reasons for this. For one, there are a lot less people in the woods, and I'm sure the humid NC summers/early fall has a lot to do with that. Be prepared to sweat a little on the walk in - I usually pack an extra shirt, and I take off the shirt I walked in with and place in a zip lock when I get to my tree. But trust me, once you're all set up, it's worth it. In the early season, the deer are still in their summer patterns and may even still be in their bachelor/bachelorette groups. I've seen far more deer in September than pretty much any of the other months. One thing you should know about bow hunting is that while you may see deer, they may not always be within distance. Never let that get you down, but rather turn that into a positive and learn from it. Was it the wind that caused them to come in at 50 yards? Was it the cover in the trees? Were they following an old rub line (or even a fresh one)? The more time you spend in the woods, and the more time you pay attention to what the deer are doing, the more successful you'll be as a hunter. I love September solely because I see way more deer - usually more deer in September than I do in Oct-Dec combined.
Yes, the ticks and mosquitos are out, so be sure to prepare for that. If you're using a climbing stand, which is the way I prefer it, try not to disturb anything on the walk in - avoid breaking branches and brushing against things. You want to disturb the deer as little as possible to keep them in their pattern. I've had hunts where I went in, saw the deer at 60 yards, came back the next day and was within range because I adjusted. The best thing you can do is pay attention.
Most of all, enjoy the time in the woods. It's a very humbling experience and something I greatly cherish. I hope you'll find the same enjoyment from bow hunting as I do. Best of luck!