5 Reasons Archery Makes You Better Prepared

If you’re reading this blog, you’re undoubtedly a fan of weapons, it’s all in the website title right? Well when was the last time you picked up a bow and arrow? When was the last time you even considered picking one up? You may be a regular bowhunter in which case this article probably isn’t for you as you already know and love your sport and there won’t be much I can tell you about bows you don’t already know. However, if that isn’t you, please read on, I’ve a few reasons why I think a bow is a great choice when you need to be prepared for any eventuality. For this post I’m going to focus mainly on the bow vs the gun.

The Thrill of the Hunt

So I’m sure you know you can hunt with a bow. There’s a big bowhunting following in some states in the US and an oversubscription in permits, everybody wants to get in on the action. There are also a raft of good hunting bows available, one of the most popular is the Samick Sage.

There’s something primal about hunting and there’s nothing you can’t hunt with a bow. Arrows can be fitted with blunt tips to hunt small game, bullet and field points for larger game and for the biggest takedowns there are tips called broadheads which nowadays are surgically sharp and designed to cause the largest wounds to your prey. There’s nothing you can hunt with a gun that you can’t hunt with a bow, admittedly you just have to be a little closer as a bow doesn’t have the range of a rifle, but nevertheless here’s one thing I don’t think you can do with a gun.

 

Bows are virtually silent, the won’t scare away your prey and they won’t alert nearby predators to your presence. Unless you have a silenced firearm I’m pretty sure you’re going to be heard.

 

Did you know you can bowfish? Yep standing in the shallows of fresh or saltwater with a bow and arrow, if you can see prey you can shoot it with an arrow. Anything from fish to sharks, even alligators. Bowfishing reels can be attached to the front of a bow and line and barbed tips attached to arrows to allow you to catch fish easily and reel them in. Now I’m sure you could shoot a fish, but the danger there is once you’ve shot it, you’ve probably lost it downstream and it’s a waste of ammunition, you can try try and try again with a single arrow.

In A Jam

Arrows break, fletches can be torn off by the arrow rest or on the path to a target. If you overdraw a bow you may break the limbs, but that’s as rare an occurrence as any other. Guns can misfire, bullets can be duds, if you don’t maintain your weapon correctly you’ll be in danger of it jamming.

I’ve never heard of a bow jamming.

A Survival Bow?

If you’re in a total survival situation you need something portable and light. Modern day engineering has developed something called the ‘Survival Bow’. These are lightweight (around 2lbs) folding bows that collapse right down into a neat little package which can measure around 21” in length but just 1” thick and are easily carried in a backpack or case. Models such as the SAS Tactical Survival bow are even hollow inside to allow storage of takedown arrows which come in 2 pieces and screw together. They generally require no tools to assemble unlike some modern Recurve bows and are designed to be just the thing to keep stashed in a survival cache or bug-out bag.

Good For The Soul

Shooting a bow and arrow is therapy. There’s something about the joy of hitting the target at distance accounting for wind and trajectory and using the power of your own limbs that gives me more pleasure than pulling a trigger. Archery is just plain good for the soul.

To Close

So off the top of my head, that’s 5 reasons. If you really get into the specifics of a survival situation there’s a reason why the bow and arrow has been around since before 9000 BC. Maybe firearms took over in the last six or seven hundred years, but bows still have a place, when the SHTF and the world isn’t quite as you know it, you may well be thinking I wasn’t that crazy after all. If you’re interested in learning more about archery head over to targetcrazy.com


Dave has loved archery since he was a small child, his parents told him he used to bug them to get me a bow and arrow until they eventually did one day and he has been shooting them in one form or another ever since!

Which Weapon Is Better When Hunting, Guns or Bows?

In earlier days, people use to prefer bows over guns. Bows were extensively used for hunting and shooting purposes. The reason behind is that they can shoot bolts and are shock mounted. They can vary in their shooting abilities and also can be different from the other firearms in a way that it requires a totally different level of energy in order to operate them. Before buying any kind of bow it is important to understand and compare the features of various kinds of bows.

Types of bows

• Recurve bow

Recurve bows have a much longer flight groove area than the other types. It has a tip that bends away from the archer. It places more stress on the arrow when it is fired that is why more noise is produced when the arrow is released from the weapon. That is why mostly bow string silencer is used with it. These are made from the fiberglass over the base that is made from wood or foam of carbon.

Due to the longer length of the flight groove, it produces less hand shaking and also provides better acceleration. These are mostly used by the professional shooters, hunters, and archers.

• Compound bows

It is another variant of the bow family. It is preferred over other bows because the limbs are stronger than others. The higher rigidity is a plus point for compound bows. The bow is shot to a much farther distance than other types. It also stores more energy and then shoots the bows with great speed.

• Crossbows

This is the latest type of bows. The traditional bows had some shortcoming and to fulfill those needs crossbows are made. Crossbows can be used to target at longer distances. These are the most solid form and are highly accurate. That is the reason professional prefers crossbows over other types.

• Traditional bows

This kind of bow is used by professionals and is much liked by them. Traditional bows are mostly used in 3D archery and field archery. Hunters and shooter prefer traditional bows when heavier draw weights are required or used.

 

These are some of the various kinds of bows available. Well, it is said that bows are great for hunting but still, they are not the best weapon used for self-defense as guns and pistols are. Here are some of the features that state that guns are better for self-defense when compares to bows.

 

What makes guns more powerful than bows?

These are some of the features of bows that make them less powerful when compared to the guns or pistols. This is the reason people have started replacing the bows with the latest firearms.

• Size of bows

The guns and pistols are smaller in size as compared to the bows. Thus it is easy to hide the guns and pistols when attacking the enemy.

• Loading time of bow

Bow takes more time to load as compared to guns. After shooting one arrow the shooter has to take his eyes off from the aim and then load another arrow while guns take lesser time to load. The magazine of the gun can be loaded once with about 10 to 15 bullets and fired at a time or at intervals without taking the eyes off from the aim.

• Piercing power

It may take two to three arrows to pierce through the artery or vein but only one bullet is required to stop the heart of the enemy. Bullets cause the real damage because of its immense high energy via which it pierces through the skin and on the other hand arrows will take more time to reach your target and it will not cause damage to that extent as bullets will.

• Speed

Bullets shot from the guns travel at a greater pace when compared to the quarrels shot from the bow.

• Cost effective

Bows can be really expensive especially when you are looking for the one that is more accurate and solid. On the other hand, you can get a top notch rifle or gun in the same amount or even less

Pros and cons of gun and bow hunting

Pros of bows

• It does not produce sound when it launches the bow from it and the chances of your enemy running away are pretty less.

• If you are a good shooter than chances of missing your aim is pretty less

• You can adjust the force with which the arrow is shot from the bow

 

 

Cons of bows

• Bow hunting at times can be a difficult task

• The bow is way more expensive than a gun or rifle

• It can be really tiring when you are having a bad day and you cannot hit even a single prey

• If it’s windy out there are more chances that your arrow won’t hit the aim

 

Pros of guns or pistols

• Aiming is easy with the help of the scope attached to the pistol

• You can add silencer to the pistol and hit the enemy without any noise

• The bullet fired from the pistol travels at a much farther distance as compared to the bow shot

• Guns and rifles are cheap as compared to bows

• The bullet travels at a greater pace than the bow

 

Cons of guns and pistols

• Amateurs require training before shooting with a gun or pistol

• Guns and pistols should be kept at a safer place

 

Conclusion

It is stated above that guns work better than bows because of easy handling, ease of loading, accuracy, greater pace and cost effectiveness. However, still, if we have to select which bow is better than other types the list goes like this:

Out of all the bows available, the best one so far is the compound bow. They are used extensively and shooters and hunters personally prefer this type because of its easy handling and great kinetic energy.

It is also accurate and the arrow is shot to a much greater distance.

After this comes the crossbow which is also great. It is easy to handle and shoot an arrow with it thus making it a suitable bow for beginners.

Now the choice is yours that which weapon do you prefer for hunting and shooting.


This guest article was written by Tomaz Rodica, a founder of the website archerstop.com where are try to give valuable information about archery and hunting which will help people in different situations. I really enjoy spending time outside in the fresh air and I love archery and hunting.

Best Ways For Hunters To Attract Deer

Part of a deer hunter’s job is to ensure that they can find as many deer as possible so that they can kill them. They can achieve this through using simple, but effective methods of attracting deer to a certain area to attack them.

Not only that, but these simple methods can be just as efficient and effective as using deer feeders that use corn to attract them to the feeder. That is because using feeder relies on the knowledge of fundamental deer traits and behaviors to attract them. The methods that will be discussed can be used in as many areas as possible like the deer feeder would.

Here are now some bow hunting tactics that hunters can use to get close to a deer as possible.

Using surprises to lure deer.

Using an element of surprise has been a well-used tactic for hunters in the past, and continues to be frequently used. This tactic is only successful when the hunter can make sure that the deer does not know where they are. Otherwise, the deer will not move toward the area that the hunter is in.

The deer hunter, though, has to be prepared to be as secretive as possible. Whether it is finding spots to hide in during the off season, or using tree stands for different wind factors; achieving a successful deer covert operation is very difficult. One mistake, and the hunter will fail to kill a deer in range.

When it comes to using surprise techniques to catch deer, the most difficult aspect is entering and exiting the area where they spy on the deer. This is because most hunters tend to go for easy exit and entry routes out of their standing spots. However, what hunters do not realize that the same easy and exit routes they want to use are the same ones that the deer use. This can be the case in vegetation areas, mountainous areas and in other aspects of agriculture.

The solution to eliminating the problems with the entry and exit routes is to avoid bumping into the deer. This will involve developing a plan for the entry and exit hideout area. Whether it is choosing to exit the area earlier than the deer or choose alternative routes where the deer will not go; it is better to plan the escape and entry routes before commencing the deer hunt. Months of preparation will be needed in such cases.

Compared to using the surprise technique, using deer feeders can allow the deer to be distracted. However, the feeder has to be positioned in such a way that the hiding spot is in eyesight range for the killing of the deer when the deer is at the feeding station.

Funneling technique.

Funneling deer is another strategy that deer hunters can use to lure in their deer. The strategy behind this is using funneling methods to ensure that the deer has only one path to follow; that is the path towards the hideout spot of the hunter.

Some examples of funneling areas that a deer hunter can use are creek crossings, logging roads in mountainous territory, and erosion ditches. The best funneling channels are those that are well concealed; deer are more likely to go through that funneling path because it provides cover.

One recommendation that hunters can use is to set up as many deer feeders as possible to lure them through the funnel. This can be termed the bait that the hunter can use to lure in the deer.

Mimicry technique.

As for mimicking tactics for hunting deer, the hunter can use a series of mock scrapes (using the foot and scraping the foot along the dirt floor, just like a real deer would). This is a tactic that can be used if there are no other methods.

The rule behind mock scrapes is that the scraps have to be made months before the deer breeding season commences. However, these mock scrapes can be done earlier, especially around the summer time.

Using deer scents.

Using other scents from a deer is another tactic that can be used by the best deer hunters to prey on deer. Some may choose to use hoe-doe deer scents to conceal the fact that the hunter is in the area.

When it comes to using the deer scent, it is best to apply the use of the deer scent every 50 meters to allow the scent to stay strong. The scents can be added to the boots and the clothing of the hunter. By doing this, the deer will follow the path of the scent properly without veering off the path as the hunter is going towards the spot that they have set up for their hunting expedition.

The other tip that goes along with the use of scents is that the scent paths should not lead directly to the spot where the hunter is going to spot the deer. That way, there is a great room for the hunter to spot the deer.

One important fact to remember is that strong, sweet scents can also be used to lure in deer. The best deer feeder in the market, for example, utilize corn because corn has a sweet smell that will attract deer. Scents do not necessarily have to be natural deer scents at all.

Decoy tactic.

Finally, the last tactic that the modern hunter can use if all else fails, is the use of a decoy. This is best suited when the deer is in a mating mode where the deer is trying to mate with a female deer. When this happens, the deer is not likely to be scared away and will be distracted.

This means that if the decoy is used properly by a hunter, then the decoy can lure in a very large deer. As long as the deer is in an area where there are ample tree spotting areas and where there is favorable wind condition.

Robert Gate is founder of Archerytopic.com. He was enthusiastic about hunting from the first shot, from then he decided to become a pro hunter. If you find something

Things You Must Know Before You Go for Hunting

Training
Once you’ve made the decision to begin hunting, you’ll be full of questions like:

  • How do I hunt?
  • Where do I hunt?
  • When can I hunt?
  • What weapon should I use to hunt with?
  • How do I do with the game I’ve killed?  How long do I have? etc.

The best way to get answers to questions, and hunt in the safest manner is to take a hunting course.  Some states even require it before they’ll issue hunting license (more on that below).
A Hunter Course, will answer these questions for you, and additional will address  firearms maintenance and safety, hunting ethics and safety, hunting techniques, basic shooting skills, state-specific regulations, and much more.

Taking a course like this isn’t just smart, it’s the responsible thing to do, and will keep you from making dangerous mistakes.

Hunting License
A hunting license is required in all states, and can be obtained from your state wildlife agency.   State agencies are also the “go to” resource for understanding state regulations, hunting seasons, hunting locations, limits, and any state specific requirements.

Hunting regulations can change often, so be sure and check your state agency website often.  Many sites offer the ability to sign up for email updates so you don’t miss out on any changes or new hunting regulations.

If you are planning to travel to another state, you’ll not only need to obtain a license for that state, but also make sure you understand the regulations for that specific state, as they can often be very different from the state you normally hunt in.

Match your gear to your game
One really important aspect of successful hunting and one that will save you money as well is matching your hunting gear to the game you are hunting.  Before buying any hunting gear, decide on the following:

  • What you’ll be hunting
  • Where you’ll be hunting
  • When you’ll be hunting

Understanding the answers to these questions will guide you in not only your hunting education, but also the type of gear you’ll need to purchase.  For example, if you’ll primarily be hunting in the summer, there is really no sense in buying a bunch of winter hunting gear.

Some hunters like to use urine as cover scents or to attract game, while others prefer decoys or calls.  Various combinations of these strategies work better for various games as well.

Then there are best rimfire scopes, game cameras, ATVs, cameras (some with night vision), red dot sites, and a million other hunting gear items.  All of these are really dependent on what, where and when you’ll be hunting, which is why it’s critical to answer these questions before you start hunting and before you purchase your gear.

A common mistake with new hunters is purchasing or using the wrong weapon.

For example, for hunting white tail during rut season, a .308 Winchester or good hunting bow work great, however on a dove hunt, neither of these will work well at all.  A 20 gauge shot-gun is a much better choice for hitting small flying birds.

Start Small
This applies to both the game you hunt, and the gear you buy.  When you first begin hunting, hunt smaller game to learn.  This will teach you how to use your weapon and gear, and also allow you to practice skinning and preparation on smaller game.

Once you have smaller game down pat, you can begin hunting larger game.

This applies to your gear as well.  As you become a more experienced hunter, you’ll begin to learn more about what gear you need and how you use it.

Some hunting gear works great for some hunters and others not so much.  This really applies to clothing, as each person’s style and comfort needs differ.

We recommend just buying the basic necessities (discussed below) at first, then branch out to other gear over time.  Trust us, there is more hunting gear out there than any reasonable person could ever own!

While much of it certainly is helpful, you don’t need it to be a good hunter and enjoy your time outdoors.

Weapons and Ammo
The first real gear item you should purchase is your weapon and its associated Ammo.  To do that, you’ll need to decide if you want hunt using a gun or bow.

Why not use both?

You can, and many experienced hunters do.  The key word there though is experienced.  Becoming proficient and competent at both one takes time, practice and a good amount of trial-and-error.  As a new hunter, picking one will allow you to become competent in that weapon more quickly.

A bow or gun isn’t better than the other, but most will agree the bow hunting requires more skill and practice.  Some key factors to consider:

  • Cost – Both are about equal here, as a medium quality bow runs about the same a medium quality gun.  Once cost advantage of a bow is that arrows can be re-used.
  • Type of Game – Depending on what you want to hunt, the choice might be made for you.  For example, shooting quail with a bow is near impossible.  Also consider some hunting regulations have restrictions on the type of weapon you can use for certain game.
  • Learning – Learning how to accurately shoot a gun is easier than learning how to accurately shoot a bow.  Also factor in your ability to practice.  Many areas have gun restrictions, but bows are fine.
  • Personal preference – The key factor is your own personal preferences.  Use the one you enjoy and like.

Camouflage (Camo)
The purpose of wearing camouflage (often called Camo) is the conceal yourself from the game.  There are many different patterns, and new ones coming out all the time.

The most important thing is the match your camo pattern to the area you’ll be hunting in.

Also, there are two primary types of camo gear, lightweight or regular Camo and cold weather Camo.  Which to get will depend on when you’ll be hunting.

Initially, we would recommend:

  • Camo shirt
  • Camo pants
  • Camo hat

Hunter Orange
Hunter Orange is the bright glowing orange color that most people are familiar with.  The color is intended to allow other hunters to see you, and distinguish you from wildlife.

Different states have different regulations on hunter orange requirements.  So you’ll want to consult your state wildlife agency and be sure you understand them.  Based on that, you’ll want to purchase the right hunter orange gear.

For example, in North Carolina, where we live, a hunter orange hat is generally required.  Thus a hunter orange hat instead of a camo hat should be purchased.

Always wear your required hunter orange gear, as it could very well save your life.

Hunting Boots
One of the most important hunter gear purchases you’ll be making next to your weapon is hunting boots.  Hunting boots can literally make or break a day out hunting.  You don’t want to skimp on cost here.  A quality set of boots is very important.

While hunting, you’ll often walk in dry flat areas, on rock, in muddy areas, through water, and maybe even do a little climbing.

You’ll want to get a waterproof set of lug sole boots.  Make sure they’re light, and reach above your angles.

Pro Tip – When trying on your boots, make sure you wear your hunting socks for a proper fit.

Hunting Knife
Once you’ve found your game, and killed it, it’s time to clean it.  A good sized, sharp and durable knife is critical for this process.  You’ll want a fixed blade sheaf knife with about a 4″ blade.

Two very important characteristics for a skinning/cleaning knife are strength and good grip.  You want a knife that can really take a beating and one that won’t slip out of your hands when they’re covered with blood.

You’ll also want to bring a good sharpening/honing stone with you as well, so you can sharpen your knife in the field when needed.

Light Rope
We highly recommend you carry some lightweight but strong hunting rope along with you.  The uses for rope while out in the field is nearly endless, but here are the top reasons for bringing it along:

  • Tie and drag your game
  • Hunting rope can be used as tow rope on your ATV
  • Tie your gear up, or lift it up into a tree-stand
  • Tie your dog
  • Emergencies

We recommend bringing along a 10mm climbing rope in a 20 – 30 foot length.  You’ll also want to learn a few basic hunting knots as well, along with learning when and how to use them.

Hunting Bag/Pack
A good hunting bag or backpack will solve your problem of how to carry all of this gear we’re recommending.  Having a good backpack or hunting bag along with you is really important.  Not only do they allow you to  carry your equipment and hunting gear safely, a hunting bag or backpack will add additional camouflage and provide a comfortable and easy to access weapon holster as well.

A few things to look for in a good hunting bag/backpack:

  • Camo pattern
  • Water resistant or water proof
  • Lots of pockets and storage areas
  • Light weight
  • A built in hydration system
  • Quality strap system to avoid chafing

GPS
GPS units have many uses when hunting, and while not necessary, they are a really nice tool to have with you.  Hunting GPS units:

  • Allow you to roam freely in the area you are hiking, and focus on locating game, rather than tracking your location
  • You can use weight points to track signs of game for later reference and for scouting
  • Some units allow you to use the GPS device to track your hunting dogs

For us, carrying and using a GPS device is for peace of mind.  We like to focus on hunting, not navigating.  The GPS does the navigating so we can focus on the game.

Binoculars
A good set of binoculars can really make a huge difference in your ability to spot game.    This includes using lower magnification for scanning the scenery, to higher magnification for zooming in on and watching particular game.

When purchasing hunting binoculars, here are few things to look for:

  • Low light performance
  • Max of 10x magnification – Anything higher is too jittery
  • Full sized with 42-55mm objective lenses are preferred by most hunters
  • Waterproof

Other helpful gear
A few other hunting gear items, that while definitely not necessary, are really useful to have when hunting:

  • Game Cameras – These are really helpful for scouting, and knowing what type of wildlife is in the area.  You can set these up to record whenever motion is detected.
  • Red dot sights – We’ve all seen these in the movies, but in reality they really improve accuracy, significantly.  They additionally allow you to sight very quickly as well, which is critical when hunting game.
  • ATVs – Probably one of the most expensive hunting investments you’ll make, but also incredibly useful as well.  They allow you to go further and more remote, move faster and haul your game out as well.

Wrapping Up
Whew, so that was a lot of go through, but hopefully we’ve given you a good overview of what you’ll need, and additional hunting gear items you should consider investing in.

Remember though, you don’t need to spend a ton of money on fancy gear to be a good hunter.  A decent gun or bow, some basic camo, and a good set of boots is all you really need.   The other items just tend to make things easier and more enjoyable.


This guest article was written by Samar Kishor — Blogger, Entrepreneur, Marketer and occasional Hunter. He is an outdoor activist and Traveler.

On body vs Off body carry – Which is Right For You?

Concealed handguns are your true companion, in terms of self-protection. By accepting yourself as a citizen of the 2nd amendment and with the permission of local authority you are allowed to carry a licensed gun along. There are only two ways which you can use in carrying. As an example on a body or off a body. Both ways have their own significants and allow their users to pick the option as per their flexibility.

But you need to ask a question to yourself? For which purpose you need to carry the gun? Are you planning to visit the place which tends to be unsafe? What are the chances of utilizing the gun? After considering all these questions, you would be able to find whether you need to carry a handgun on or off a body. But before we describe the difference between both methods. There are some other important factors which you need to consider at priority.

Training” is one of the factors which you should never ignore. How to carry a gun and use it in an appropriate manner are the small checkpoints which you should be aware of. Selecting a right weight of the gun is also an essential factor. This will allow you to carry a gun which matches accurately with your body weight. This will demolish any kind of distraction while carrying a handgun. Another important factor to consider is a selection of correct bullet for the gun. Most of the time people are not aware and pick the wrong bullet for their guns. And they end up with trouble at the time of using it.

Now, Check Some Essential Points For Carrying a Handgun on Body:

  • As per the studies, if you carry your gun in a right holster then it allows you to draw it faster. This happens only if the set up is in a right direction.

  • On the body, carrying save your time and gives better outcomes. At the time of the unwanted attack, within a matter of time, you can draw your gun and point it to the opponent to protect yourself.

  • In terms of speaking technically, people who use it, admire this method as the safest one. Because as per them bags can be snatched or get ripped off easily. Where on body carrying protect your gun in a safe manner. ( Note: Never tuck-in your handgun at back, because mostly attackers set their focus at your back. Because they know that is the most favorite spot for concealed carriers).

  • Carrying on the body gives you the flexibility to keep the handgun on a shoulder, around the arm or at your ankle. The choice is completely yours. Where else, on the other hand, drawing a gun from the concealed bag is a time consumption procedure.

Now, Check Some Essential Points For Carrying a Handgun Off Body:

  • Carrying a gun off body allows you to wear your favorite clothing. There is no such restriction on your clothing which can be seen while carrying a gun on a body.

  • The other good thing about carrying a gun off body is the size of the firearms. All the credit goes to the size and durability of concealed carry handbags. Because they are very spacious and allows you to carry a heavy and little bit big size of handguns as compared to the standard.

  • Women who love to wear long single dresses, especially for them it is not advisable to carry a handgun on body. With the access of the suitable concealed bag they can easily carry and can enjoy their party simultaneously.

  • Thinking of going on a long drive and still wants to carry your gun. Off body method will allow you to serve both purposes. As in the market, there are some holsters available which can be fixed in your car under the dash or close to the driving seat without disclosing its existence to others.

Conclusion:

We have described the both on and off body methods. The selection you have to make, which one you are comfortable with. Never compromise with the safety and you can also take the advice of the experts. They will train you and can also guide you after training that which method suits your personality better.


Lisa Megan is an experienced gun writer and is currently associated with Freedom & Company, which is the largest online supplier of concealed carry handbags. Lisa loves to share her knowledge and ideas regarding self defense.