Many of us enjoy this frigid December hunt as the world seems to enter into a winter wonderland that can not be described…only experienced but it is REAL! For archers, this poses a couple of new challenges…such as drawing your bow in the cold after sitting on stand for several hours and trying to get a clean release with 40 pounds of extra clothes on.
TIP – If you have trouble drawing your bow in the cold… try backing your poundage down 5 – 10 lbs. Unless you are shooting a low poundage bow already, this will still give you the needed kinetic energy while allowing you to draw when chilled to the bone.
TIP – When dressing for late season archery hunts, keep in mind that you want your front torso area to be as flat as possible to keep the string from hitting your clothes. You also need your bow holding arm to be free of thick wrinkled sleeve as this can also catch the string. I usually put an arm guard on my left arm (RH shooter) to flatten the wrinkles. I have also found a fleece parka that has not pockets or flaps on the front to catch my bow string.
A little prep work for these cold winter outings will help extend your bow season for what could be the hunt of a life time.
Get em…out there!