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Bow Hunting Deer – Finding Good Locations

Just as any type of hunting, bow hunting comes with a unique set of safety issues and legalities. Among them is where exactly to hunt, and with whom (if anyone). Now it would seem obvious that word of mouth is the best way to find good deer hunting lands, but not all hunters are generous with such information.

They become territorial and unlikely to give you the real deal. That’s why if you have a friend who likes bow hunting, the two of you might want to hoof it together and find your own sweet spot (that you keep between the two of you). The advantage here is that you’re also not alone in the woods should anything go awry.

So how do you and/or you and your buddy look for a special spot? Well you first need information on where it’s legal to bowhunt during deer season. Make a list of these places, especially those that are reasonably close. You can do one of two things with that list. The first is trial and error. Just go out and see what happens at each site. The second is to network a little bit. As you’re picking up your hunting supplies casually drop the name of several sits and ask if anyone has heard of good hunts in that region.

The Fish and Wildlife service in an area will often offer up very valuable data that can guide your choices. As you review that information try to balance the number of successful hunts against how many hunters are likely to be out at any given time. Obviously if there are more hunters than the game can support on Public Lands, it means your chances of getting a good sighting is slim. These situations are also more dangerous.

For readers who may not know this, some people with private tracts periodically offer a lease if you want to hunt. Ask your regional game warden for information on this. Some folks may even offer the hunting for free if the deer have gotten pesky.

Mind you, not every landowner will be amenable to hunters, for a variety of reasons. However, if you ask politely and find out what the issues have been previously, you may be able to overcome that hesitation through simple courtesy. Once you establish a relationship with a private land owner continue building it from year to year. They’re sharing that space with you, so honor the rules as you would Public Lands. In the long term everyone benefits from this type of arrangement because someone knows when you’re on the land, where you’re hunting, and how to get in to you should emergencies arise.

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