Here are some suggestions to help bowhunters from making some simple mistakes this fall.
1. Using wrong approach route to stand — The most direct route is not always best.
2. Placing stand too high — The higher the stand, the tougher the shot. There are more obstructions and tougher angles, less chance of double-lung hits. Rule of thumb – climb in cover or climb high, but only as high as conditions dictate.
3. Misreading sign — To avoid hunting a “cold” stand, learn to age the sign deer leave behind. Many times I found areas loaded with old sign, but the deer had either depleted the food or simply moved to a more favored food. Make sure the sign you see is fresh.
4. Shooting too soon — If you shoot the first deer you see, many times you won’t see the big one that was just behind it.
5. Trying to force a shot — Because you may be able to place your arrow accurately is no excuse to attempt a low-percentage shot.
Remember that a deer can and will get out of the way of your arrow. Wait for a high percentage angle, i.e. broadside or quartering away, if at all possible.