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SIGHT IN/TUNE YOUR BOW

Visit an archery shop with a reputation for good customer service to get started. Get help with properly fitting, sighting in and tuning your bow. Tuning involves adjusting your sight, rest and nocking point/string loop to ensure proper arrow flight. Consider arrow shafts with higher front-of-center weight and adequate broadheads for enhanced performance.

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SHOT PLACEMENT IS CRITICAL

Proper arrow flight is a must for good shot placement. Other key factors include knowing distances to targets, determining shot angles, understanding vital zones and watching the animal’s behaviors prior to the shot.

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PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!

Shoot while standing, kneeling and sitting. Take safe uphill and downhill shots. Shoot from elevated stands or ground blinds, if you use these methods. Practice with field points, but also with the type of broadheads you use.

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KNOW WHAT TO DO AFTER THE SHOT

Listen and observe immediately after you take a shot. Wait! On a shot in the vital area, a good rule of thumb is one hour. In a non-vital area, wait much longer. Learn from experienced hunters the best ways to successfully recover game.

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STRAP IN AT ALL TIMES

If you use tree stands, know that a fall, especially while placing, climbing or descending, is the No. 1 cause of hunting incidents (non-firearm) in North America. Select and inspect modern-day stands, harnesses, climbing safety systems, steps/ladders and haul lines. Learn how to use and safely practice with all equipment and accessories.

TAKE A BOWHUNTER EDUCATION COURSE

For scheduled courses, go to tpwd.elementlms.com to learn more about hunting with a bow and arrow.



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