Bowhunting season is almost here

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It is time to get ready and go scouting with your camera and prepare for the hunting season.

Increase your chances of success by choosing the right equipment and do some planning.

There are a lot of great high-performance bows and accessories on the market today.

There is no one bow for all archers.

I have been designing compound bows and accessories for over 40 years and I can tell you it is the connection between the bow and the ground that is usually at fault when the arrow misses its target. When tuned correctly, today's bows will put an arrow in the target the size of a dime.

Here are some helpful tips to improve your chances while hunting or target shooting. Choose the right bow for you. Just because your friend shoots a 70 pound draw weight does not mean that is the right weight for you.

Visit your local pro shop and try out different models and find one that feels right. Draw length, draw weight and the right accessories are critical for proper set-up. The pro shop can help determine the specifications you need.

Remember that the shop and your home are at a comfortable temperature and on a flat surface. When you are outdoors, the conditions will be very different.

It may be cold, windy, wet and anything but flat. Can you shoot your bow in any position after standing or sitting still for some time?

I hear from archers every year that miss out on that trophy buck when they realize that after standing still in cooler weather, it is impossible for them to draw the bow.

Why?

Because they needed to practice in all conditions and positions. Many great archers never shoot over 50-55 pound draw weight.

If you already own the perfect bow, it's time to do a full inspection.

Check the riser, limbs, bolts and bowstrings. Bowstrings do not last forever. Although the new materials have been greatly improved over the last few years they still wear.

I had an archer call me from a big hunt in Alaska a few years ago complaining that he was unable to complete his hunt. He cut his string with a broadhead and did not bring an extra.

Not exactly good planning.

It is always best to have backup gear.

If you have an older model with coated cables rather than the newer all-string systems, be sure to have a good shop check it out. Some older models are best used for display and collecting.

Practice before the season starts. This will give you time to fine-tune your gear and be more accurate.

I have known archers that have won the Vegas Shoot and missed a deer at 20 yards in the same year.

Scout your location before the season. This will greatly increase your odds.

Most important - enjoy the outdoors. Have fun and don't get too serious.

For more information and advice on anything archery related, be sure to visit website www.ArcheryTalk.com, Archers Helping Archers - The world's largest archery community.

Terry Martin grew up in the family archery business building arrows, accessories and shooting in tournaments from the age 6. In the early '70s he began designing and patenting the first Martin compound bows. Many of the features are used throughout the industry today.

In 1997, he started ArcheryTalk.com, the world's largest online archery community.

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