Those who want to start bowhunting quickly realize it’s a huge challenge. Where do you buy a hunting license? Do you have to be certified to buy a license? If so, how and where do you go to get certified?
Where can you find a mentor? Even seasoned bowhunters require a network of resources to make bowhunting easier, and more accessible and enjoyable. Knowing where to find bowhunting information and acquire gear is just half the battle. To help get you going, we suggest four resources every bowhunter should use to maximize their opportunities this fall.
Your Local Bow Shop
Local bow shops are the place to go for advice, coaching, equipment and bow maintenance. A strong relationship with a bow shop pays dividends for as long as you shoot archery and bowhunt. Bow shops employ experienced technicians to fix problems that arise with your bow, and help you choose great hunting gear. Archery shops can also answer your questions. If you need help finding a butcher to process your deer or finding public land to hunt, bow shops can help. To find a nearby archery shop, use this shop-finder tool.
State Wildlife Agencies
State wildlife agencies are your go-to resource for information on hunting laws, license requirements and finding public lands for bowhunting in your state. One of bowhunting’s first steps is getting licensed to bowhunt. Bowhunter education requirements vary by state. Check the agency’s website for details about requirements and schedules for hunter-education classes. State agencies are also your main resource for hunting laws and information on public lands.
Archery coaches can teach you how to maximize your archery skills and guide you into bowhunting. If you have goals, your coach will help you achieve them. If you have questions about shooting form or local bowhunting opportunities, ask your coach. Most coaches are plugged into the archery and bowhunting community, and can connect you with other bowhunters who can be mentors.
Need a place to practice? Archery clubs are great places to practice for hunting season and meet other bowhunters. These clubs offer memberships similar to those of gyms. You pay annual dues for access to club facilities. Archery clubs also hold tournaments and events that keep you active in archery. Helping at the club and being part of its events puts you in touch with other bowhunters. Networking with experienced bowhunters is a great way to find mentors and even help for tracking and recovering deer. Archery shops or an internet search are good ways to find a nearby club.
The internet is a valuable tool for finding bowhunting information. Bowhunting360.com and the Bowhunting 360 Facebook community are excellent resources. The Bowhunting 360 Facebook community is a great place to ask questions, share successes or failures, meet other bowhunters, and stay current with Bowhunting 360 articles.
Once you know your hunting resources, you can get out and start bowhunting. The hunting season will arrive faster than you expect, so visit an archery shop soon.