| Bowhunting usually restricts shots to 45 yards or less, depending on factors such as individual ability, the target animal, draw weight etc. Hunters restrict their shooting range in order to ensure quick and humane kills. Because archers must be much closer to their target animal, bowhunting is a unique experience, with special attention paid to the animalís sense of smell, hearing and sight. This limit on effective range and greater degree of hunter-prey interaction create an intimacy that some bowhunters find very attractive.|
Bowhunting for fish is appropriately called bowfishing. Many variations on standard archery equipment including the addition of a line attached to either a spool or a reel as well as a specially designed arrow make bowfishing effective. Archers need to take into account the refraction angle of their target when releasing their arrow making sure to aim below their target's apparent position as the water gives a false indication of the actual position of the fish.
Bowhunting in North America, as with other hunting methods, bowhunting is regulated by individual provinces and states. Regulations often address issues such as where, when and what type of individual animal species may be taken. In many cases, a special archery season is set aside, to minimize interference from rifle hunters. In addition, in an effort to maximize game recovery and shot lethality, there are often technical regulations, such as a minimum draw weight for the hunting of big game species.
Game hunted by Bowhunters includes all of the North American small and big game species. Generally in North America, bowhunting season "Bow Season" occurs either several months preceeding or following the gun season for the same species. In many cases "Bow Season" takes place both before and after "Gun Season".
Bowhunting with compound bows are usually preferred, although recurve bows are not uncommon and usually legal. Longbows are often used by those who want to make the hunting experience as traditional as possible. Crossbows are often permitted for disabled hunters because the shooter does not have to hold back any of the draw weight of the bow.
Types Of Bows Used For Bowhunting:
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