How to Aim Bowfishing

Are you looking for some action while out fishing? Why not try bowfishing? Bowfishing can be an exhilarating experience once you get the hang of it. It is pretty simple and relies on pure instincts if you ask many of the bowfishing experts.

Bowfishing is different from hunting out in the land. You have to aim your bow at a different angle from where you see the fish to be situated. Before I delve into how to aim bowfishing, I will first cover the components you need to have as you go out to fish with a bow.

Set Up For Bowfishing

In bowfishing, you will need to have a bow and arrow. However, you need to have some other extra equipment to facilitate a successful fishing expedition. What do you need to have?

Bow: For the bow, you can either choose to buy a new one or get an old bow that is safe for use. If you purchase a new one or had one that you had been using before, check its limbs for any cracks or splitting. If it has any, it will probably not last long out in the water.

The type of bow that is commonly used in bowfishing is:

  • Compound bow- has more power
  • Recurve bow- ideal for fast snap action
  • Lever action bow- has the best of both compound and recurve bow

String: Ensure that the string of your bow is in good shape. If the lines show severe signs of fraying, it is probably wise to buy a new line and discard the old one.

Arrow: Always choose arrows made of durable materials. It will be ideal for catching small and big fish, despite the conditions. When you are out fishing; you should remember to carry several of them.

You don’t want your expedition to be cut short due to your arrow getting lost or breaking. As you set up, include a safety slide on the shaft. It will help prevent snap back of the line or arrow when you shoot.

Reel: You can use the AMS Bowfishing Reel, it has zero drag on it and a breaker to keep the line from drawing out once enough line is out. It also has a trigger that you need to hold as you reel in the line.

For more information on how to set up your gear, and what other additional components you may need as you go out to fish with a bow, the YouTube Video below; on how to setup a bowfishing bow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U0OpdCXBCI

The Basics of Bowfishing

Once you have the right components needed for bowfishing, and you have setup your equipment successfully, it is time to go out in the water and fish with your bow and arrow.

For your aim to be on target when bowfishing, you need to put in mind the refraction properties of water. You could observe this by sticking your arrow in the water. You will notice that the arrow seems to go straight then it appears bent.

It is due to the refractive property of water. It implies that, where you see the fish in the water, isn’t its actual location. Several rules that govern aiming when bowfishing include:

  • Aim Lower: You will hear this from many of the bowfishing enthusiasts and even read on bowfishing tutorials. Always aim lower than where you see the fish to be situated.

Recall that water has refractive properties and thus objects appear to bend in water. The deeper and further out you are fishing, the lower your aim should be. With practice, you won’t have to calculate as it all becomes instinctive mentally.

  • 10-4 Rule: It states that you need to aim 4 inches lower if you the fish is 10 feet away and appears to be 1 inch below the surface. You have to make your calculations based on these measurements.

If the distance doubles, then your aiming range should also double, and so forth, i.e. if the fish are 20 feet away, then you aim at 8 inches in depth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl8Z619GoWw

Always aim for the front half of the fish as this is where the vital organs and the brain of the fish, are. By shooting at it at that particular spot, then you kill the fish instantly. In bowfishing, there is no catch and release, so always shoot at only what you are going to eat.

Once you have hit right on target, where the target is the fish, haul in the line. To remove the arrow from the fish, you will need to slightly turn the head of the arrow so that you don’t spill blood and guts on yourself as you remove it.

Fish move fast, don’t waste time aiming and shooting. With practice, it will be a mere use of instincts.

Conclusion

Bowfishing can prove to be an exhilarating and addictive activity. However, it is not as simple as using a fishing pole and line. You shouldn’t aim directly at the fish because as light travels from the air to the water, it bends.

Therefore, where the fish appears to be, isn’t where it is. Draw back your bow and use, say your middle finger, as your anchor point. As you aim your bow and arrow, look right through the bowstring and down to the tip of the arrow.

Ensure that the tip of the arrow is directed below the fish that you are aiming at and release. Don’t forget the principle of Aim Lower or the 10-4 Rule. Once you strike the fish, you can reel in the arrow with your catch.

Author Bio:

I’m Lisa. I have a strong understanding and passion for all things related to fishing. When I am not out wetting a line, I am sharing a range of tips and tricks on Fall For Fishing – to help others to snag their big catch!

What You Need To Know Before Buying A Scope For Your Ruger 10/22

The Ruger 10/22 is a rifle that has been around for over 50 years. This modest .22 rifle is loved by many and for good reasons. For starters, its ammo is affordable, and it has little recoil. Due to its popularity choosing the Best Scope for Ruger 10 22 is not an easy task. Fortunately, with the right guidance choosing a scope for your Ruger 10/22 is made easier. So, what should you look out for when shopping for a scope for your Ruger 10/22. There are a number of things you should consider. But in this article, I will concentrate on seven things that I believe every Ruger 10/22 owner should know when going to buy a scope.

1. The weight

If you have ever used a Ruger 10/22, then you know that it is pretty light. Most Ruger 10/22 rifles weigh about 5 pounds. Therefore, the first thing to remember when shopping for a Ruger 10/22 scope is that it is a lightweight rifle. Thus, buying a bulky scope will not be a good idea. To be on the safe side, go for a scope that is lightweight. A bulky scope will throw your rifle out of balance. Moreover, it will be difficult to aim at targets at long distances.

2. The optics

The main purpose of a rifle scope is to help you get a better view of your surroundings. In essence, a rifle scope is a sighting aid. So any scope that you buy needs to have very good optics. That being said, the Ruger 10/22 scope needs to have clear optics. There are several types of optics, coated, multicoated and fully multicoated. If you use your 10/22 primarily for hunting, I recommend getting a fully multicoated scope. A fully multicoated scope will come with a greater light transmission. What this means is that you will be able to see things clearly regardless of your environment.

3. The magnification and objective lens

When searching for a scope one of the most important factors, you will need to consider, is the magnification. Considering that you will most likely be using your Ruger 10/22 to shoot at 100 yards or less, a lower magnification is recommended. A powerful scope will be bad for your accuracy. Thus, anything beyond 10X is not recommended. For a Ruger 10/22, I recommend a scope with an adjustable magnification of between 3X and 9X. A powerful magnification at close range will make the image appear blurry.

At ranges of less than 100 yards, a lower magnification will do a better job. This is because a powerful magnification will cause eye fatigue. This will make it difficult for you to hit the target. In regards to the objective lens, a big objective lens will make images appear brighter. However, remember a big objective lens might cause the scope to be bulky. To be on the safe side, go for a scope with either a 32 or a 40 mm objective lens. In essence, the size of the objective lens should match the magnification and the size of the scope. Anything above 40 mm is unnecessary and will add to the scope’s weight.

4. Construction

Apart from improving your accuracy, a good rifle scope should also be affordable in the long run. What does this mean? This means that a good scope needs to be tough, rugged and capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions. You never know when you will get stuck in the forest while it’s raining. Also, your Ruger 10/22 scope needs to be tough enough to withstand the occasional fall and knock. When choosing a scope for your Ruger 10/22, it is important that you pick one that is waterproof and crafted from a tough material preferably aluminum or magnesium. The inside of the scope needs to be fog proof as well. A fogged up scope will be useless to you in the field. So make sure a scope is fog proof before you purchase it. An Excellent Ruger 10 22 scope come with nitrogen or argon filled barrels. The argon or nitrogen prevents internal fogging. In addition, a good scope will be o-ring sealed to prevent dirt, dust and other unwanted particles from entering the scope.

5. Ease of adjusting

How easy is it to adjust a scope? This is a very important question to ask before settling on a rifle scope for your Ruger. While out in the field, I doubt you will have time to wrenches and other tools to adjust your scope. Therefore, the scope you settle on should be easy to adjust. To know if a scope is easy to adjust, look at its turrets. The turrets should be easy to turn. Also, the eye piece focus should be easy to turn as well. The last thing you want is being unable to focus on your target.

6. Reticle

The reticle is an important part of a rifle scope. Thus, it is another important thing to know when buying a scope for your Ruger 10/22. While a simple duplex reticle will be ideal for a Ruger 10/22 scope, there are other options. A mil dot reticle, for example, can give you better results. Mil-dot can give you windage and elevation readings, which can be useful. If you are a fan of Nikon scopes, then the manufacturer’s BDC scopes can be a good choice. The BDC reticle on Nikon’s scope allows for bullet drop compensation. This means that you can aim from an elevated position and increase your chances of hitting the target.

7. The brand

There is quite a number of manufacturers that make scopes for the Ruger 10/22. When shopping for a scope for my Ruger 10/22 there are certain brands I trust, Nikon being one of them. Nikon makes some great rimfire scopes that come with some awesome additional features. Another manufacturer that I think has a good selection of 10/22 rifle scope is Simmons. Both Simmons and Nikon produce rifle scopes that are affordable and of high quality. So instead of going for a pricey Carl Zeiss model, why not opt for an affordable Nikon or Simmons model.

 

Author Bio

Glen S. Artis, Founder of Outdoorever.com. He owns Ruger 10/22, and an all-rounded gun and hunting enthusiast. A lover of great outdoor activities. He has had a chance of experimenting with a host of rifle scopes, and he is always eager to write about his experiences with different rifle scopes, as well as rifles and other outdoor topics.

A Quick Guide to Louisiana Alligator Hunting

Home to the largest alligator population in the nation, alligator hunting has been a major part of Louisiana’s local culture throughout history.

Unfortunately, during the last century, unregulated hunting resulted in a large reduction in the alligator population. In 1973, gators were added to the endangered species list.

Following this, responsible hunting practices have helped the population to increase again, and the lakes, swamps, and rivers of Louisiana are home to scores of these unbelievable reptiles. Plan accordingly if you’d like to alligator hunt this year, as gator hunting is only allowed in September.

Be sure to pick an experienced professional to take you hunting for alligators. Make sure it is someone that knows what they’re doing, to ensure that your trip is unforgettable for the right reasons. Ask about any necessary permits while you book your hunt. It is important to note that permits will cost more for out of state hunters than for locals. Sometimes these fees will be included in the hunting package price, but this isn’t always the case, so make sure to ask.

Various local companies offer guided hunts for all kinds of enthusiasts, from the professional hunter to the casual observer. A few companies we recommend are:

Come along on a drive-in hunt at Guided Adventures, where you can snatch up a gator of any size. Trained professionals guide you every step of the way, with hide prepping and skinning included in packages. They’ll even wrap and cut your meat neatly and place it in your ice chest to bring home. If you’re looking for a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion, they’re more than willing to accommodate company retreats, bachelor parties, and family reunions—just be sure to book early.

Acadiané swears by “the experience of a lifetime” while you hunt for gators on their 4,000 acres of family-owned coastal marshland alongside East Cote Blanche Bay. Experienced professionals lead you on guided alligator hunts and you can pick either a one or two day hunt. Both packages include all the gear you need for a prosperous harvest, meals, and souvenirs to honor your adventure. Lodging at a nearby hotel is included in the two day hunt.

Louisiana Marsh Adventures is a family-owned company that provides guided alligator hunts and airboat tours. They specialize in day tours and offer processing services, including taxidermy. Professional guides will bring you on the hunt of your choosing. Just select one of the packages, or customize your own tour where you can choose your bait and capture methods. This company also offers a ride-along trip for people who’d like to watch the hunt but not participate in it.

Bourbe Lake is a private club that offers an all-inclusive two night, three day hunting package. Bring three of your friends along for this spectacular alligator hunting adventure. Unlike several hunting packages, this tour is not a guided one where you only assist the capture. Bourbe Lake provides the supplies, while you and your friends perform the hunt. This exclusive club lets you stay and dine, with staff on hand to provide any assistance needed. The package includes four gators, and an additional fee allows for more.

Alligator Hunt La serves you Cajun food as you trap and hunt your alligator on private Houma property. A few different packages are offered, depending on what you’re seeking. One provides you with the chance to shoot a gator but not keep it. This is special for travelers who want to experience something out of the ordinary—but don’t plan on returning home with hundreds of pounds of meat. You can also instead choose the “take it home” package that includes meat storage, skinning, and cleaning. This company does not offer on-site lodging, but can guide you to nearby inns and hotels.


Stan’s Airboat and Marsh Excavator Service prides itself on providing high quality service to our customers with their various needs, which include marsh transportation and constructionoil spill and environmental cleanup and recovery, plus wetlands bush/brush cutting.

Survival When Using Gun To Hunt

There is no doubt that hunting can be an exciting sporting event provided you are prepared for the occasion. There are quite a few things which need to be in place when you are going for hunting.

The things which you should have would depend on the type of hunting you are indulging. You could, for instance, start early in the day and pack off and come back home in the evening. On the other side of the spectrum, you could camp in a location for a few days and engage in hunting.

However, in most cases when you are going in for hunting there are a few things that are considered important and vital. Having a right gun is perhaps one of the most preliminary things when it comes to being prepared for the right hunting expedition. In most cases you will be using a rifle when it comes to hunting.

Which Rifle To Choose

The first task is to choose the right rifle after taking into account the kind of hunting that you are planning for. In fact it would not be a bad idea to first choose the cartridge first and then the rifle. When it comes to choosing the right cartridge, the action style has an important and big role to play.

It could either be a bolt action, semiautomatic action, lever action or pump action. Each one has its own unique features and specialties and the prey which you plan to hunt should determine the kind of cartridge that you are planning to choose for your rifle.

The Kind Of Finish

The kind of finish for your rifle is also an important point which should be kept in mind. The finishing on the gun has an important role to play and there are quite a few options to choose from. It could be bluing. This is basically a chemical treatment which inhibits rust formation.