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any tips for a rookie?

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this is my second year to bow hunt, I recently bought my first crossbow and have got in a lot of practice with it, i'm just wondering if there are any seasoned hunters with a few tips for someone who doesn't have much experience hunting with a bow?
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Questions
Are you planning to hunt on public or private land? How did you do last season. Did you get any shots? Have you done any scouting yet this summer?
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a little of both
I have a 27 acre hunting lease in my yard and i'm ten minutes away from wma, which I have scouted a good lil spot. I did use the crossbow last year with no opportunities to take a deer. I have had a lot of practice with my target and getting familiar with it...i'm just wondering if there are some little details I should know about owning and using a bow as opposed to my rifles and such.
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bowhunting
crossbows are not much different than shooting a gun, but bowhunting is a little different. Need to only shoot at distances you are comfortable with and practice ranging distances and know where your bow shoots at those distances.

Don't load your bow til you are all set and ready (have your safety harness on)

You will likely have to track the deer, they usually run off so be prepared to look for blood trails

I typically bring a couple practice arrows and shoot one as soon as I get in the stand at a leaf on the ground (away from where I think the deer will be coming from) just to make sure my sights are still good to go.

If you plan on using corn or something, make sure you have a tree to climb picked out before you start putting it out
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thank you
thanks so much, I appreciate the tips, I already have my stands up (tree stands) and I have ranged out the trails that the deer usually come on, I've practiced at those ranges as well. sounds like i'm on the right track already but I am grateful for the input, it helps so much.
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Tracking
If you do have to blood trail, just remember to go slowly and carefully. If there is blood everywhere it won't be a problem, but in my experiences many times it is one drop here, another there and proceeding too quickly can cause you to lose the trail by accidentally missing or stepping on a key piece of blood evidence. It is best if you do it with a partner, as one can hold the spot, while the other looks ahead. If you are alone, use a piece of toilet paper or trail ribbon to mark the last spot and to help keep you from getting lost, especially if it is at night. Also always bring a back up light. I find that a small headlight works well while trailing. The one I use is the Primos Top Gun. I look forward to seeing your first bow kill on this website. Good luck and be safe!
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Re: any tips for a rookie?
Kill 'EVERYTHING' that gets near you for the first few years.....Practice makes perfect, repetition breeds confidence,and confidence ='s Success....KILL'EM ALL !!!
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I know this is an old post, but widowmaker are u real??
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I sure hope so....lol
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If you do what Russell (Widowmaker) says, you will first become hated, then admired, then loved and finally a LEGEND!!! What's up my brother?? Haha!
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Same as always just counting down the days.....143 left to go and Its coming fast.Have you been shooting?
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I chased the hogs very hard at the Delta after the deer season finished. Have not picked up the bow yet.
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''but widowmaker are u real?? ''

hahahahahahahahaha sorry couldn't help it :-))
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