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February 25, 2015

Must-Have Hunting Items for Early Season Buck Hunts

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Early springtime hunting is a beloved form of outdoor recreation. As experienced hunters anticipate enjoying this year’s early buck hunting prospects, those seasoned hunters must ensure that their hunting gear is properly assembled and in top shape to enable them to enjoy a successful season. While the hunting gear on hand is not solely responsible for success in the woods, hunters of all ages and skill levels can agree on various “must-haves” to making their hunting ventures successful, memorable, and worth repeating throughout the hunting season.

Some of the requisite items and essentials can be purchased off the shelves of a well-equipped hunting store; others are best built by the hunters themselves. The latter include items such as structures to be used in hunting blinds or tree stands.The essential, must-have purchasable items can be found at well-stocked hunting equipment stores, and include items for constructing hunting blinds and tree stands, various ammunitions, proper camoflage hunting attire and items, adequate safety and first aid equipment, nutritional provisions to keep up the energy and strength of the hunters, and reliable means of communication sufficient to maintain contact with individuals back home and to contact emergency/rescue personnel in the event of an accident or if assistance is needed in the field.

Hunting gear for the trip can be easily acquired from a dedicated, well-stocked seller of such goods like a good hunting store or organization like Killzone, or recycled from the previous year’s adventures. Often, items can be purchased throughout the year at yard sales and bazaars if the hunter chooses to frequent those locations.

Proper attire

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Hunters venturing out for hunts must ascertain that their chosen hunting attire is sufficient for the time of year and day that they are out in the elements. It is especially important to wear clothing items made from camoflag to ensure that the hunters blend naturally into the surroundings in which they are hunting to avoid standing out in the woods and being visible to the animals. Clothing of a sufficient weight should be worn. Hunters must take into account that the areas they are hunting in may be close to a body of water and that proximity to water may make the temperature drop and may make the air more humid than the air beyond the body of water. Water proof footwear is essential as well.

Proper equipment/hunting gear

Hunters should carry items which are easily carried in addition to their firearms. Having an excess of equipment can inhibit the freedom of movement which is esential to streamlined and safe hunting.

Proper ammunition in an amount sufficient to last throughout the trip

The hunter should carry his ammunition safely ideally in its original packaging and inside a waterproof carrier.

Adequate safety and first-aid items

A first aid kit is an essential on any hunting or fishing trip. Minor injuries are easy to incur in the woods and should be promptly taken care of to avoid infection or damage to the limb suffering the injury. An antibiotic ointment or solution should be part of the kit, along with a reliable means of cleaning the wound and bandaging it properly. Some form of elastic bandage, such as an ace bandage, should be packed to provide relief in the event of a sprain or other sort of disabling act.

Pre-selected nutrition items and health drinks

A hunter is as good as his fuel supply allows him to be. Subsisting on junk food and sugary beverages will not provide the endurance and strentgh that a hunter needs to spend a day in the cold on foot in the woods. As the majority of hunters spend most of their time out of the woods, a hunter should eat energy enhancing food rather than food that merely gives him a carbohydrate high and then allows him to crash from the effects of the sugar. Adequate liquids are also as essential as energy-producing foods to nourish the hunter throughout the day.

A reliable means of communication with the rest of the world

Persons on a hunting outing should have a way of maintaining contact with the rest of the world to ensure that aid can be provided in the event of an emergency. This is more critical if the hunt is taking place in a remote area; if the hunt is occurring on property which is not remote the means of communication can be as simple as a cell phone with a data plan.

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Must-Have Hunting Items in Conclusion:

While over planning and over-accessorizing a hunting trip will diminish the “roughing it” aspect of the trip, planning to carry hunting gear which will make the trip more enjoyable is an important factor in the success of the trip. Making a conscious decision to bring along items which will enhance the experience of the individual hunters is crucial to being certain that a good time is had by all!

January 13, 2015

Late Winter Deer Hunting Tips

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It’s the beginning of a new year, and the cold weather will usually bring about apprehensive bucks who have been pressured during the past warmer days. This is sure to make them a bit more cautious then usual, but not enough so that they can’t be found and conquered.
How to Hunt Deer in Late Winter
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Maybe the best part of the coming cold is that deer won’t travel very far—staying close to refuge and viable food sources wherever they can find it. Around this point is the time for slow and sometimes testy maneuvers. We all dread it, but it is in your best interest to take your time when dealing with weary deer.

In addition to moving slower, it would help that a hunter has the right kind of blind to help with the job at hand. Layout blinds, for example, will give the hunter a low profile and conceal most—if not all—of him or her while allowing a small opening to be used for sighting game and taking that necessary shot.

Since the cold temperatures and prior but heavy hunting season has slowed down the deer population, hunting layout blinds found at reputable hunting stores will help for quiet transportation. Their aluminum frame and canvass layers give deer hunters the advantage of moving without much noise or delay. They will also erect with ease once you know how.

Additionally, rain or snowfall will work to conceal the whereabouts of a ready rifle and that inevitable predator’s gleam found within your focused eyes. These snowy and rainy conditions, when present within windy days, are always prefect for making yourself more elusive.

Get the Gear, Get the Advantage with Deer

Nature provides animals with tremendous instincts, so any advantage you can get to work for you, the better off you are. It’s important to make sure that your layout blind is also placed near a tree or other obstruction when you are ready to stake out an area.

It’s necessary to be stealthy and obstructions will break your contour. You’ll need this edge to best outwit the survival instincts of your prey whether you have a tree stand or are using your favorite camouflage pattern against a tree.

Hunting stores and hunting outfitters will have the equipment that you will need, but you must use it properly. The best equipment with poor practices will mean nothing and even cost you money further down the line.

Your ability to focus on nothing else but your potential target is at the utmost importance. Unfavorable weather may be seen as optimal for hunting—it is—but windy days and thick snowfall can lead you to loose the concentration that will bring you home the biggest buck in the forest.

Don’t allow these conditions to make you loose your visual focus, so always be on the lookout. You may mistaken a fallen leaf for a moving tail, and this is alright as long as an image of a buck is actually in your mind. The right layout blind will also make that experience comfortable for you.

Hunting for deer this late in the winter season can be tough with obstacles like weather, snow and deer characteristics, but it certainly isn’t impossible. Grab the latest gear from KillZone Hunting to be well on your way to bringing home that trophy deer!

October 27, 2014

Tips for Still Hunting and Layout Blinds in Winter

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Hunting in winter is challenging. Depending on where you live, the cold can be uncomfortable, at a minimum, debilitating its’s worst. Further, whether you are hunting waterfowl, grouse or whitetails, the hardest task may be finding your targets, since neither rarely make themselves as available in the cold and snow as they do in spring or summer.

These tips for still hunting and effective layout blinds for winter hunting should help make your experience more enjoyable and successful. Consider using some or all of these tips to have more success and bag more targets.

Still Hunting Tips

  • Use precipitation to your advantage. Light rain or snow helps conceal your sound, scent and/or motion. Wind also might help as its sound can help disguise your presence. You can also follow whitetail tracks or waterfowl activity if the snow if fairly light.
  • Seek out bodies of water. Obviously, waterfowl use these as their homes, but also whitetails follow the trails parallel to creeks and other bodies of water. Moving water, such as in creeks or rivers, can also help conceal your sounds and blinds.
  • Don’t be concerned about getting lost. If you have GPS capability, go ahead and get lost. You won’t be focused on where you are, which is an advantage.
  • Consider bringing a digital camera or smartphone with photo capability. You can take photos of signs of animal activity and other interesting hunting-related information, creating an accessible record of your hunt.
  • Go slowly, particularly in dense vegetation. This technique helps you avoid missing important signs of nearby animals you’re focused on locating.
  • Carry good binoculars; the still hunter’s “best friend.” You need excellent glasses to examine terrain detail. Use a harness that keeps them close to your chest for ease in looking through vegetation and ready for action.
  • Keep a tree close by your blind. Along with providing cover when you need it, trees offer a resting place without giving away your location.
  • Stow your rifle sling in your pack. While it will come in handy when you take your whitetail buck off a mountain or carry your waterfowl back to your blind, slinging your rifle while still-hunting may eliminate your chance of getting off a quick shot.

Ground and Layout Blinds

Ground blinds, a favorite of bowhunters, contain human odor, but often give off other foreign odors that can spook waterfowl and deer. It’s important to minimize all foreign odors with ground blinds to maintain their effective deception success. Whether you prefer hub styles, spring steel popups or chair blinds, be sure to buy only quality products from trusted retailers, such as the blinds from KillZone Hunting.

The same is true for layout blinds. Only trust quality products to consistently fulfill their disguise purposes. Whether you prefer bland field Khaki or deceptive camo wrap, only the best will do.

Once again, try to avoid foreign odors of all types. Whitetails, waterfowl and grouse often detect these non-field smells before you have a shot opportunity, making even well-constructed, deceptive blinds advertisers of your presence, which signals danger to your targets.

October 20, 2014

How to Attract Big Game by Planting a Food Plot

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When hunting and/or tracking any kind of animal, it would be a useful thing to know exactly what the animal you are pursuing eats on a daily basis. A food plot is the perfect hunting accessory to attract big game.

In regard to deer, whether there be mule or white tail in your area, these animals will eat just about any type of vegetation if not given much choice in the matter and are more desperate to find a food source. Depending on how tough the winter months are in your region, a deer will go out of his way, traveling great distances to find something to eat. Planting a year-round, nutrient-rich food plot on your own land will alleviate this pressure off of the deer who are trying to make a home there.

A Hunter’s Paradise

Picture yourself walking out onto your front porch, the air crisp and cool. You look 500 yards to your right and see your small food plot being enjoyed by a family of five deer; one of the deer is a huge buck. You can definitely see his head and approximately 12 points of antlers on your den wall above your fireplace with the others. You’re still drinking your coffee, though, and are in no hurry to get your muzzle loader. You have been seeing this buck, now, for the past seven months, since you invested the planting of your food plot.

This can certainly be a reality for any hunter who happens to own property in the country, whereas it is not possible if you do not. In most states, it is illegal in most states to plant big game food plots on public property such as state forests and parks. Although, this may be so on public acreage, some private property owners would be more than happy to let their friends and/or family hunt their food plots if they were to chip in some money for the seed for next year’s planting. This is an ethical hunting practice if food plots are involved.

The Best Crops for Attracting Deer

Many online hunting stores as well as traditional hunting stores provide their own version of the perfect seed mix for planting a food plot for deer. These kits are fairly affordable and easy to disperse onto your cultivated plot of land that you have set aside for planting. Make sure that you have a wide variety of seed, incorporating different concentrations of protein, carbohydrates fats and vital nutrients to keep the deer herd healthy and willing to stay in your area. Keep in mind, also, that you will want to be prepared to have on hand a year-round storage of food plot seed varieties for every season.

These are some of the more popular foods for deer food plots:

  • Peas
  • Forage Oats
  • Sorghum
  • Several varieties of Clover
  • Corn
  • Purple Top Turnips
  • Beans
  • All forms of the Brassica family (mustard greens, broccoli and cabbage)

If you plant for one season, leave room for the season after that one and rotate your crops every year to provide natural nutrient building in your soil. The deer in your area will never want to leave your year-round food plot, allowing them to not waste their energy and body-weight on traveling from place to place to find shelter and food.

October 12, 2014

Why more Pheasant Hunters use the KillZone Lay ‘n Slay Layout Hunting Blind

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Pheasant under glass is an American original. The recipe winning the most fine dining accolades abroad, there is perhaps no other dish more savory than the cured consistency of wild pheasant under glass. In addition to a whole large pheasant, the ingredients to this hearty dish of distinction include: mushrooms, shallots, brandy, white wine, heavy cream, unsalted butter, lemon juice, black pepper, chicken demi-glace, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

The bird synonymous with sport hunting in the United States, the pheasant is a ring-necked fowl that often prefers thick underbrush, ground cover, or thickets to remain concealed from predators. Introduced to North America in 1733, the U.S. pheasant population is largely found in the Midwestern states, as well as Canada. Pheasant hunting season opens in the autumn and runs through mid-winter. The pheasant is most commonly sought after by hunters in North America for its dark, succulent meat.
When the pheasant is in hiding, it is best hunted with a KillZone Lay ‘n Slay Layout Hunting Blind.
The Lay ‘n Slay Layout Blind offers a hunter best-in-class protection while lying in wait. Manufactured of durable 900D and 1500D polyester, the layout blind has an extra layer of PVC water proofing for all-weather hunting. Made out of light-colored field khaki materials, this layout blind camouflages in any natural setting.

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Hide from skittish fowl or game in closer proximity than would normally be afforded. The layout blind is suited for use in any vegetation or field setting. Lay ‘n Slay Layout Blind premium features include: quick release doors, large screen insets, padded headrest and seat, flagging ports, zippered side ports for easy release, and interior storage perfect for housing ammunition and flags.

The layout blind also comes with elastic weave stubble straps, for integration of additional layers of exterior protection. The most recommended camouflage system for pheasant and larger game hunting, the Lay ‘n Slay Layout Blind is a professional grade product, designed for maximum performance in any climate. It’s even easy to setup the Lay ‘n Slay Layout Hunting Blinds!

 

KillZone Lay ‘n Slay Layout Hunting Blind Features:

  • Large Screen Door access
  • Padded Headrest and Seat
  • Stubble Straps for attachment of additional protection
  • Quick Fold Design for portability during transport, and while in the field
  • Detachable Shoulder Straps for carry
  • Interior Storage for ammunition and flags
  • Flexible Lightweight Steel Frame
  • Weight 17 lbs.
  • Folded 47 inches x 17 inches x 8 inches
  • Size Opened 86 inches x 36 inches x 20 inches

Killzone for Pheasant Hunting

It can be said that no two hunting stores are alike. Hunting and fishing stores vary when it comes to inventory and price. When hunters look for the highest performing, layout blinds for pheasant fowl and large game hunting, they buy from KillZone online hunting stores. While many competitors have layout blinds for sale, premium hunting layout blinds are difficult to find at an affordable price. For the best layout hunting blinds, no other similar retailer or distributor tops the layout blinds produced by KillZone hunting equipment stores.

October 6, 2014

Top Turkey Hunting Tips

Fall is officially here, and Thanksgiving isn’t that far off the horizon. Most people take the easy way out by going to their local supermarket and picking up a turkey, but even getting a fresh Butterball turkey isn’t as good as catching your own. Not only is the taste better, but there’s also the pride in knowing that you created the meal with your bare hands. Hunting for turkeys isn’t particularly difficult, but you do have to have a game plan in place to take on the challenge.

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Find the Perfect Fall Flock

Turkeys, by about mid-October, will have joined one of three flocks (toms, jakes, hens/poults) to settle down with, so finding the flock that best suits your needs is your first priority. Because hens and poults make up the largest flock, you’ll have the best chance of landing a prime bird that your family will love.

To find out where your flock is, look for these clues:

  • Tracks: Scout out muddy areas to look for turkey prints, as they’ll give you clues about where your turkeys have gone to roost and feed. Tom prints are generally about 3? on the middle toe, while hens will be a bit smaller than that. If you see a mixed bag of prints, then you’ve got a family on your hands.
  • Molted feathers: Turkeys will drop their feathers around later summer and early fall, so keep an eye out for feathers on the ground. Turkeys sleep in trees, so if you see a big gathering of molted feathers under branches, then it’s a good sign you’ve come across a flock.
  • Scratchings: In the wild, turkeys feed on insects, acorns and beechnuts (among other things), and they’ll scrape the ground with their toes to reveal their food. Look for areas both with prints and where the leaves have been raked up.
  • Droppings: If you have a particular preference to the gender of turkey you’re hunting, then keep an eye out either for j-shaped droppings (males) or bulbous droppings (females).

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Start Off Before Dawn

You’ve got to do a bit of legwork to see if there are still turkeys in the area you’ve searched for the above clues, and heading out before the sun comes up is your best bet. Grab a high spot for best turkey-viewing visibility, and watch and listen for your flock to come out. They make quite a racket when leaving their roost, ranging from yelping on the roost to clucking after they’ve flown down.

Again, depending on if you’re hunting for hens or toms, you’ll be listening for different sounds. Hens will toss out a few yelps to gather the flocks, while toms will yelp slower and lower and may beat their wings a bit. Jakes, if they’re making sounds, will gobble in a broken sort of way.

Once you’ve established where the flock is roosting, also take note of where they fly in from and set up camp about 50 yards away. And once you’ve got their sounds down pat, get the right turkey caller to mimic them so your call will fit into the flock’s. The main difference is you want to be upping your aggressiveness in calls so the turkeys think they’re responding to a dominant bird.

Another tip to keep in mind is that exact mimicry may not be the best end game. For example, if you’re hunting toms in the fall, you’ve got to keep in mind that they’re not so much interested in mating with hens as they are about moving up the ranks. So, you’ve got to drop the hen calls when hunting toms and throw out calls that’ll challenge them — use yelps and clucks to make yourself appear like a new bird that’ll make the toms curious.

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Keep Yourself Camouflaged and Well-Equipped

Your gun (preferably a 22 gauge shotgun) should be ready and by your side, but the turkeys should have a hard time spotting it. It’s best to use camouflage on your gun to keep it hidden, or at the very least, use a dull finish. You’ll also want to use a gun that’s great at spraying pellets in the 20-40-yard range for maximum effectiveness.

When you’re getting ready to shoot, do your best to avoid hitting the body. A Thanksgiving turkey will both look and taste odd if it’s got pellet holes all over it, so aim for the head and neck whenever possible. It’s a good idea to practice a lot with your gun beforehand so you can step right in and be a pro on hunting day.

Hunting for turkeys is a great way to keep your skills sharp and provide a nice meal for your family on Thanksgiving, and it doesn’t require as much set-up as other forms of hunting. But when you do go out looking for a nice plump turkey, having the right gear can make the job a whole lot easier. Stock up on everything you need with KillZone Hunting, and get free and fast shipping on everything.

 

October 3, 2014

Hunting Gear – Comfort vs Reliability

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If you’re like us, hunting is always on your mind – looking forward for the weekends to get some good hunting in. This activity is not for the impatient and light hearted, hunters know that this is a highly technical sport and requires a certain ruggedness. When searching for gear at hunting stores, one of the key factors are comfort and reliability.

Comfort is vital for staying focused, increased maneuverability, and overall enjoyment. Just like selecting the perfect clothing for winter or summer it is essential to a hunters level of comfort to pick the right hunting blinds.

The KillZone Double Bull Double Wide Door Ground Blind is a very comfortable ground blind offer great maneuverability and the extra space. In trips that require longer hours at a more technical spot, the chair blinds or layout hunting blinds offer better comfort under those conditions.

Reliability is a hunter’s best friend. All gear must perform at optimum levels under hunting environments – that’s the aim when choicing the right gear. For example, an Onset Ladder Stand demands reliability be at the cornerstone of it’s manufacturing. These hunting items must provide stability and reliability with absolutely zero room for error. The various ladder stands available on our website offer the best reliability and durability.

The Rivers Edge brand features the following:

  • FPivot-LockTM Ladder System for a stability and simple set-up
  • Comfortble mesh seat
  • Collapsibility for technical use

The comfort and reliability factors are equally important and become relevant depending on your specific needs surrounding when, where, and how you will go hunting. A seasoned hunter recognizes when comfort outweighs reliability and when reliability should outweigh comfort. There is no substitute for the reliability factor when it comes to safety and stability gear like a ladder stand. Know your limitations and hunting style so you can prioritize where comfort matters. The key is not to underestimate comfort, but realize it is not the most important factor in hunting.

If you’re in the market for some new hunting gear, head on over to KillZone right now for amazing deals!

September 30, 2014

Top 5 Best Hunting Breed Dogs

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When you visit hunting stores, you are bound to see countless images of hunters and their dogs. That’s because hunters have used canine companions for centuries. These dogs not only serve as loyal companions, but also help to assist hunters in locating and retrieving their targets. There are some dogs that are better suited for this than others. Five of the most popular hunting dog breeds are highlighted here.
Labrador Retriever
YellowLabradorLooking_newThe Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular dog images you will see at hunting equipment stores. These energetic dogs are eager to excel and please their owners, which gives them very high marks for trainability. Other characteristics that make these dogs the ideal hunting companion are their otter like tail and webbed feet.
German Shorthaired Pointer
Another popular hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer, is considered a bird dog and able to perform well on dry land or in water. This breed is also well known for its tracking abilities when it comes to raccoons and deer. They are also protective and clever, making them great hunting partners.
English Setter
This breed of dog was originally bred as an elite bird dog and has stayed true to their original roots as one of the most popular gundogs today. They have superior scenting abilities, which result in quiet and quick location of prey. They are also friendly and have a calm demeanor, making the ideal hunting dog.
Coonhounds
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Both physical and online hunting stores are bound to feature images of hunters with the coonhound. This breed of dog is most often seen with their nose on the ground – on the scent. There are six different varieties of coonhound for hunters to choose from and each one offers superior tracking skills.
English Springer Spaniel
This breed is a medium sized gundog and considered compact, making them quick and ideal for flushing out prey. They have an attentive nature and a very friendly demeanor, which makes this breed of hunting dog very easy to train.

No matter the option you choose, you can feel confident that you will have an excellent hunting companion when you select one of the breeds highlighted here. Another option is to visit your local hunting and fishing store for more information.

For your next adventure, don’t forget to get all your dog hunting accessories from KillZone to make your hunting excursion – and fido’s – even more enjoyable.

September 6, 2014

How to Get the Perfect Hunting Shot

Hunting is so much more than simply indulging in a passion — it’s an art form, and your efforts deserve to be captured for posterity. You’ve spent countless hours practicing your gun skills, researching how to hunt your prey, invested in pricey long-term equipment, and taken time to indulge in your passion. The least you can do is get a good shot of your hard work, so when you look back on your pictures years down the road, they’ll instantly bring back memories of that special hunting trip. An iPhone or Android phone just isn’t up to the same quality as a professional camera, and it lacks the supporting accessories to make that great shot happen. We here at KillZone Hunting have compiled the best tips you need to get that amazing hunting shot on your next trip.

Invest in Good Equipment

Like we mentioned before, an iPhone just won’t cut it if you want to get amazing, lasting shots. It’ll do in a pinch, yes, but the limitations of an iPhone mean that the shots you pull off just won’t be as good as with better gear. You don’t necessarily have to spend oodles of money on a fancy camera, as a good camera is only as good as the skills behind it. But what you do want to look into is a game camera, which has been specially designed for hunting. Take some time to mess around with it and learn the ins and outs, and then pull it out like a pro on your next hunting trip.

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Keep Things Steady

When you’re out on a big hunting trip, your nerves are as strung as a tightwire and you’ve got all sorts of adrenaline coursing through your veins. You also don’t have a lot of time in which to capture a live shot, if that’s what you’re going after, so these three things combine to make for a potentially very unsteady shot. What you want to do to combat this is get a tripod or monopod as part of your hunting gear so you don’t have to worry about shaky shots at all. If you can’t afford that right now, then remember this old photography standby: suck in your breath before you press the shutter, and don’t exhale until you’ve released your finger.

Have Somewhere to Put Your Gun

Imagine this: you’re out hunting fox, deer or anything else that catches your fancy, when suddenly, your prey runs into an open field and just…stands there. It’s also not so far away from you; close enough that if you move or make a sound, it can hear you and run off. What do you do with your gun? You certainly can’t rest it on the grass or leaves because that’ll give you away, and so will reaching into your backpack to pull out your game camera. Even something like rustling it around your neck to raise the camera to your eyes can make just enough sound to scare off your prey. Instead, what you need is a resting place for your gun and camera that’s high enough off the ground that you can access things quickly. This’ll help keep everything you need close at hand so you can make the switch from gun to camera easily, and not miss a beat in shooting your prey — whichever shooting you’ll be doing.

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There’s a saying that goes “the devil is in the details”, and it’s especially true about hunting. Just because you have a great general thought in mind doesn’t automatically mean the rest will go off without a hitch, and it’s up to you to fill in the missing pieces to ensure it does. One of the best things you can do for yourself on your next hunting trip is check out our amazing selection of all things related to hunting, and enjoy free shipping as a reward for doing so.

August 22, 2014

Your Guide to Bow Hunting

There are two ways of hunting in the modern age: with a gun, or with a bow and arrow. Both have their appeal to hunters everywhere, but there’s something primal and caveman-like about using a bow to hunt down your prey. You have to rely more on skill, stealthiness, speed and your own homework more than you would with a gun, and it’s a talent that takes a bit of time to develop. If you’re an avid bow hunter, you’re well aware of the joy in bow hunting. But if you’re on the fence or just starting out, read on to find out what you need to know about bow hunting.

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Modern Bow Hunting: A 20th Century Development

Bow hunting is easily the oldest form of hunting there is in modern history, dating back thousands of years. It’s not the original form of hunting — way, way back, before humans developed the level of intelligence they would soon have, they chased animals until the prey was exhausted, and then bopped them on the heads with big rocks — but it is the one that paved the way for modern hunting.

It became really popular in the US in the 1920s, but it was the ’50s when high-powered bows and arrows were invented. Today, we have about three types of bows available:

 

  • Longbow: This one’s got a really simple, elemental design, and all you have to do is pull it back and shoot. It’s got a straight form that becomes curved when you string it, and can withstand quite a bit of pressure when you draw it back.
  • Recurve Bow: It’s sort of got the same basic shape as a long bow, except the tips are curved away from you when holding it in position and there’s a curved portion in the riser (center portion of the bow). Typically, you see recurve bows used by Olympians and other athletes in competitive events.
  • Compound Bow: By far, this is the most popular bow design today, and it’s also the most high-tech one, too. There are a bunch of cables and pulleys that make drawing it and using it easier, and its high-tech design makes it fairly impervious to temperature and humidity (which also increases its speed, accuracy and velocity).

 

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Setting Up for the Shot

You can use three basic strategies for bow hunting, each one depending on the type of bow you’re using, the design of it, and your skill and strength. You can also feel free to mix things up, as you’re not beholden to any one strategy.

 

  • Still: Here, you move around ve-e-ery slowly to find your spot, and then settle in and let your prey come to you.
  • Stalking: You’re borrowing a few elements from the still method, but once the prey moves into your area, you stalk it until you find a good position to shoot.
  • Glass: It’s exactly the same as the stalking method, but to find your prey, you first look into binoculars until you locate where you have to move to.

 

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Making the Shot

Once you’ve got your ground method for bow hunting, it’s time to actually move the bow into position and take the shot. Before you can do that, though, there’s a small list of steps to follow.

 

  • 1. Nocking, which is put the arrow into the position you want on the bow.
  • 2. Drawing, which is when you actually pull the arrow back and apply tension.
  • 3. Anchoring, which is when you hold the bow against your body for steadiness.
  • 4. Releasing, when you let go of the tension you’ve put on the bow and let the arrow fly.

 

Bow hunting is a lot more complex than we described, but most of that is just getting out there and practicing. But with a little bit of time and dedication, you can master this ancient form of hunting and really feel in tune with the sport. For everything else that can get you there, turn to KillZone Hunting for all your hunting gear and accessories.
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