Mentally, I am not ready to hunt with a bow. I am confident in my rifle to know that I can drop a deer dead in its tracks. I have seen the damage that my 150 (or 180) grain bullet can do to the inside of a deer and I am comfortable with that because I know that the deer did not know what hit it when I squeeze the trigger.
Maybe that sort of shot is possible with a bow but from what I have seen on tv and with other hunters posting on social media, it is more likely that the deer will run off and die, assuming that it is a good shot. I have also seen far more bow hunters talk and post about how they have lost a deer than my fellow rifle hunters. That is the last thing I want to happen!
After this season and talking with Dad about all of the deer he started seeing when rifle season ended, and he was out muzzleloading, it made me really think about getting a bow and trying to get into the woods before everyone else does (including me) with their rifles.
If I make archery my 2016 goal, I will probably not be ready to hunt until 2017. There would be a lot of work involved in getting the gear, getting into shape and preparing for a good, close shot.
So for all of you out there who are reading this, leave a comment or email me. Do you bow hunt? What kind of bow do you use? is there any equipment that I need? dont need?