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West Virginia Wildlife
Bow Season Preps
Patrick McMurtry Get Ready for Bow Season Now

August 28, 2013
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


We're about to turn the calendar to September, and as many of us know, that means bow season is about a month away.

As fun as it is to get out in the woods with your bow and harvest a deer, there's some prep work you have to do with your bow before you're ready to head out. Tim and Kari Mihal are expert bow hunters, and offer some suggestions.

"Get it out of the closet, check it out, make sure everything is safe. Check your axles, your strings for any frays, cuts, anything like that. Check your wheels, your rests, your limbs, make sure it's safe, if you can see splits in your limbs." says Tim Mihal.

Once you've given your bow a good once over, the next step is getting out and practicing. Most everyone plops a target down and shoots, but since many of us use tree stands, don't forget to practice shooting from an elevated position.

"The view point is different, a lot of guys bend at the waist, there's geometry involved. I actually set up a tree stand pin to make me shoot lower. It's a lot different shooting from an elevated position or just on a hillside." says Mihal.

Now that you've got that down, it's time to remember your limitations. Don't try to shoot a deer that's outside your comfort zone, and remember to concentrate your practice on shots within your limits.

"Pie plate at 20 yards, I think everybody should probably hold that, probably a 6 inch group at 20. Most of my shots come under 20 yards. I think the bows can shoot further if you practice a lot, but 30 and under is an ethical shot." say Mihal.

You don't want to send a wounded deer running off in the woods, so please, keep your shots within your ability to hit where you're aiming every time. Have fun, keep these tips in mind and be safe.

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