Forget the cycles of spring, summer, fall and winter. There are but two seasons in each year – hunting season, and everything else.
I have been preparing for the upcoming whitetail season for months and now I have just a few weeks ‘til opening day. To be honest with you, I’m sick of planning – I’m ready to actually hunt! A big part of my preparation for this season has been to get comfortable with my new bow and tweak all aspects of my hunting setup to perfection. (More on that next week.)
Hopefully you’ve got your bowhunting setup dialed in as well. If you do, then congratulations, but you have one thing left to do…
Record every aspect of your bow setup right now!
The hunting season is going to stress your bow setup more than anything else. Sometimes all it takes is an accidental bump or snag to throw things out of whack and send your shots off target. Sometimes these problems are caused by our own stupidity – like a few weeks ago when I accidentally loosened the wrong screw on my rest and threw my windage adjustment out of whack.
The potential problems are numerous – a peep that gets caught and moves out of position, a loose screw that causes your sight housing to slip, a jolt that bumps your rest just out of place, etc.
We should try to avoid these mishaps by doing simple things like regularly tightening all of the bolts and screws on our equipment. But the fact is, no matter how much we try to prevent these things from happening, they can and will happen sooner or later. Murphy’s Law doesn’t respect time and will often reveals itself at the worst moment – right before (or during) a hunt.
It is important that if when something goes wrong, you can get your bow back in proper order as quickly as possible, and having a record of all your settings will jump start this process.
I like to record everything I can think of – such as the elevation and windage settings on my sight housing and rest, the location of my peep sight on the string, the position of my nock point, the timing marks on my bow’s cam, the position of my draw stops, etc. Some of these setting only apply to specific bow types, so do your best to learn all you can about your bow setup.
Be sure you keep this record of your settings in a place that you will always accessible when you have your bow or go on a hunting trip. I print my setting on a small piece of paper and tape it to the inside of my quiver. For things like my peep sight and nock point position I will actually make a mark on my string with a paint marker.
Have you ever experienced a bow mishap during hunting season?