Bow Hunters Need To Know !!
Bow hunting only zones are those that only a bow and arrow may be used to hunt. You still require a regular hunting license and appropriate tags even if you hunt strictly with a bow . I know in our province that bow hunting season starts a little bit before the regular hunting season.
Bow hunting experiences can be deeply satisfying . Many hunters see bowhunting as a form of art. It can also provide a lifetime of learning.
Bow hunting brings together people of all abilities and backgrounds. And archery can provide year around activities for individuals and families.
So it provides more then just a hunting experience it becomes a way of life.
Great information read this…
Best Places To Bowhunt Bow-only zones offer archers the highest odds at a mature whitetail buck
The best places to bowhunt for deer are the areas where people with firearms don’t tread. That’s why we stuck to areas that are open only to bowhunters when we put this list together.
The archery world-record typical whitetail was tagged in 2001 by Wayne Zaft in Alberta’s Wildlife Management Unit 248. The buck grossed 222 Boone and Crockett points and netted 208 6/8. Unit 248 covers 4,190 square kilometers (about 1,618 square miles) around Edmonton. Muzzleloaders are allowed there during a late primitive-weapons season. Other than that one hunt, only bows are legal in this unit.
Most of the hunting takes place on private land, as there is very little public ground in Unit 248. Nonresidents are required to hunt with a guide in Alberta, so be sure your guide has the rights to prime deer-hunting areas.
WMU 212, another bow-only area, covers 3,603 square kilometers (or 1,391 square miles) around the city of Calgary. Though it does harbor whitetails, the habitat is more conducive to mule deer. In this unit, which lies in a rugged portion of the Canadian Rocky Mountains near Banff National Park, bowhunters hunt for trophy mule deer and elk.
Arkansas set aside 31 Wildlife Management Areas for bowhunters. They provide more than 62,000 acres of quality whitetail hunting. Some WMAs allow two-day firearm youth hunts in early November for a limited number of permit holders.
There are too many great areas to highlight, so we’ll just introduce you to one. The 4,884-acre Rick Evans Grandview Prairie WMA is a multi-use area. It’s nice to know that Grandview Prairie represents the largest contiguous tract of blackland prairie in public ownership, it is even nicer to know that some huge whitetails, including a non-typical buck that scored 199 7/8, have been harvested there by bowhunters.
Unfortunately, the state gives out only 40 tags for this unit. Bowhunters who draw are required to shoot a doe before they are eligible to take a buck. But you can’t just shoot any buck: Only whitetails with at least four points on one antler can be harvested.
More than 41,000 acres of deer hunting are open only to bowhunters on 27 of Georgia’s WMAs. These areas range from a few hundred acres to the 22,000-acre Rich Mountain WMA in northwestern Georgia.
The Cartecay River, which offers good fishing for rainbow trout, borders the bow-only section and provides canoe access to remote hunting areas.
Other archery-only areas for deer hunting include the Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Fort Gordon bow-only area and the Standing Boy Creek Tract.
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