From the end of March and into early April, most bucks have lost their headgear and have begun working on their new antler growth. Although it can sometimes be like”finding a needle in a haystack”, it never hurts to heal a small cabin fever from the winter and take a stroll on your hunting property to see if you can get lucky enough to find one side or sometimes, both sides.
Know where the water supply is and find where they come to get a drink. This would be an excellent spot to set a tree stand within about 15-20 yards of the trail as this is evidence that deer frequent that particular spot as it allows them easy access to the water. If you do not have a water supply on your property then you can create one by purchasing a reasonably inexpensive outdoor pond and burying it. It will catch and hold rainwater, finally deer will grab on and connect this as a place to get a drink when they are thirsty. Water sources are extremely essential for deer in early bow season when temperatures are still fairly warm in most regions of the United States.
Exactly like a water supply, whitetails create a pattern during the year with their eating habits. If you have forests on your property that is adjacent to a field filled with plants, walk alongside the area about 20 yards inside the woods and look for a”funnel” of deer trails that come together and exit into the area. Deer are extremely cautious animals and have a principal vantage point they generally use before entering an open area and becoming vulnerable to attack from predators. Deer are fairly regular during early archery season, they will normally feed in mid to late afternoon and day until the rut starts. Find the funnel of paths and place your stand off of it around 15-20 yards, too, allow yourself a clear line of sight toward the field and establish shooting lanes in that direction as well.
Early archery season can be rewarding if you take some time to learn the whitetail’s regular eating and watering habits. But you must put in your time out of the woods as well. When you finally get that perfect shot, you definitely don’t wish to wound the creature. Make sure your compound bow sights are finely tuned and you are hitting where your sight pin or cross hairs align with the target. If you can keep a group of arrows in a area the size of a paper plate, then you will not have any trouble striking one of the very important organs and hopefully making it a quick, clean kill.
Among the most significant components on your bow are the sights. Although there are those out there that prefer the instinct style of shooting, which is without the use of sights, for the rest of us, we need a useful guide when deciding on the right bow sight.