Do You Purposely Pursue Big Bucks?
Mature whitetails are creatures all their own. There’s a huge difference between hunting deer and hunting mature deer. And there’s a big difference between bowhunting and gun hunting mature deer. Nothing against gun hunting — I love to gun hunt and do so regularly. But bowhunting is more difficult and takes a different skill set.
While gun hunters also need to know the following things, it’s paramount that bowhunters take them to heart. And the reason is simple: proximity. As long as you get within 300 or 400 yards — and have enough visibility — you can kill a deer with a rifle. While rifle hunting is in no way easy, it’s not as important to get inside the mind of the deer you’re after — especially when hunting in open terrain and ag country. You can afford to be wrong or a little off in your scouting and planning. That said, it’s a different story in big woods and thick habitat — as you’re limited to near-bow-shot ranges anyway. And it’s definitely not so with bowhunting. You have to be inside of 50 yards, and even when you have that deer in range, there’s so much that could go wrong. Here’s 12 tidbits of information that will help close the distance and seal the deal.
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