First year bowhunting
This upcoming season will be my first bowhunting, and the first year in many than I've gone after deer altogether. My buddy got me into bowhunting, and I can tell you that I am extremely nervous and excited headed into it. I figure like anything, expectations should be pretty low for the first time you take on a challenge that bowhunting is, but I still expect to put some deer down, especially does.
You guys get questions on gear all the time, and to be honest, with me, while I have what I consider is an above average set up, not spectacular, but we'll get there, gear really doesn't matter much in the grand scheme of things. Some bent timber, a cord, and a stick with a point COULD do the job. My question as I approach this season is about recon, usage of maps, databases, etc.
I see you guys quote a county system about scouting, could you elaborate a bit on that please?
Also- I am interviewing with two bow hunt clubs the next two weeks, and while that will certainly improve my odds of putting deer down, I also want to get out there and hunt the public stuff, because there is a bunch around where I live, 1000's of acres of public, and wmas to hunt.
So- how do YOU go about scouting an area, how do you look at topo maps and decide where to explore with your boots on the ground? I don't have enough time to walk all of the acres, so what do you look for?
Also- While I"m pretty familiar with travel routes, and food plot areas, I'm not that great with bedding areas. How do you go about searching areas where you think they are bedded up?
Any info or articles, or links you guys can give me to help start filling in my plan for this year, I would deeply appreciate it. I will be hunting mostly NJ, but I also have access to family land in PA- I know that land pretty well, but if I don't have to travel 4 hours, I wont.
Hope you guys put some monsters on the ground this year.
Bow- Bear Assault
Accuracy > FPS but having both is great