Bows Are Useful for…
Bows are useful for relaxation, target practice, competition, big game hunting, medium game hunting, small game hunting, fish and waterfowl. Yes, waterfowl; geese, ducks, swans, those are all waterfowl. Whether you can hunt them legally in your area, that’s up to you to find out how, what, where and when it’s acceptable to do so.
If you’re a hunter and you’ve never been duck hunting before, I highly recommend it! It is one of my favorite types of hunting. Have I been duck hunting with a bow yet, my honest answer which is the only one I’ll give you, is no, not yet. Do I want to, well yes, I do because I love aa challenge.
How would I prepare myself for waterfowl hunting? Why thank you for asking, I was about to pack up and head out, but I can stick around a little longer to share what I would do.
First decision to make is what am I shooting? My Diamond Edge XT Compound Bow or my Excalibur Micro MAG 340 Crossbow? Whichever I decide to shoot, I will need some practice. Practice: to perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency. Before I begin my practice session there are more things to be answered.
More Questions to Come
- Will I be shooting flying birds or sitting ducks? (That was good, TBB, that was good).
- Will I be taking standing or sitting shots?
- If I shoot the Diamond Edge XT Compound Bow will I free hand it or allow it to rest?
- What type of clothing will I be wearing?
- How many arrows am I willing to lose forever?
Why do I need to answer these questions? Because practice only produces the desired results if you practice in the most realistic scenario possible. If I’m shooting flying birds, in a sitting position, with my Excalibur Cross-Stix Shooting Rest holding my crossbow, then that’s exactly how I need to practice.
Setting Up For Reality
I’ll get the Allen Vanish Cushion, my crossbow, the shooting rest, the Excalibur Quill 16.5” Carbon Arrows, (plenty of them), and let’s not forget the target! Let’s set up. I would order the Real Wild 3D Replacement Vitals (until they decide to make waterfowl targets) and hang them in a tree, keeping a long rope connected to it to give it that realistic flight movement. After planting myself on my cushion, I ready my crossbow by cocking it, and knocking the arrow, I give the rope a tug to put the target in motion, disengage the safety and learn the timing of the shot.
This is where I perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain my proficiency, in the scenario I’ve set up.
Maybe I’m not ready for a flying target, so what, I don’t give up. There is also the opportunity to harvest those sitting ducks or geese. I’ll set up a practice field for them as well and find out what I’m more confident doing.
Practice Like You Hunt
This time I’ll shoot my Diamond Edge XT Compound Bow from a standing position. I’ll gather my equipment, wearing the exact clothing I would be for the hunt, then I’ll place my Real Wild Competition Armadillo archery target down range at the same range I expect the birds to land. No I do not think an armadillo is a waterfowl, it is similarly sized to a goose. Remember I said as realistic as possible. Armadillo it is!
Now what? I wash, rinse and repeat until I’m confident enough to take a shot on a live target. If I were to choose sitting birds rather than flying ones would you think less of me? If you’re confident enough to take them flying, bring me with you. I want to see this first hand so I can learn your technique. That’s if you’re successful.
Share With Us
Waterfowls with a bow. Have you? Do you? Would you? Share your stories with me, I’m begging you and The Bow Bully doesn’t beg often.