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How to Go Bow Hunting

Learn how to go bow hunting from big game hunter "Killer Keith" McDonald in this Howcast hunting video.


Hello I am Keith McDonald, nick name Killer Keith and hunting my whole life, 45-50 years, deer hunting, bear hunting, moose hunting, turkey hunting, you name it, I have hunted it. I am a licensed Maine guide. I've hunted in Alaska. I've hunted in Canada. I've hunted in Newfoundland. I've been everywhere, everywhere I've hunted. Well, bow hunting's a little bit different than rifle because it takes more practice. Although, thinking about the way bow hunting's done today, with the compound bows, and all the accessories you can put on it, it's getting closer and closer to a rifle. But the effective is never gonna be anywhere near. So you're gonna shoot, you're gonna hunt with a bow. You're gonna hunt 30 yards or less. That's what you're gonna be effective with the bow. And it doesn't matter how good you shoot. If you can be a good enough shot to shoot a deer, you can hit a deer effectively at 100 yards with a bow and arrow. The problem is, the deer leaves before the arrow gets there, since the arrow's so slow. And so it's a 30 yard or less deal. If you shoot it over 30 yards, you're taking unethical shots. People are amazed, though, that do get into the bow and arrow. They think, a lot of people think, well, the bow isn't a very effective piece of equipment to harvest a bear, say. Oh, I never would hunt bear with a bow. It's just not enough firepower. And that's just crazy. A well placed arrow is just as effective as a bullet. And it'll do the job just as quick, maybe better. Maybe even better. Make sure you're hunting with good, sharp broad-ends. That's what does the damage. And if you go out there with dull broad-ends, you're not gonna have very good luck. So, accuracy, I think, is the most important thing with a bow and arrow. Place the arrow in the right place. I like deer, I love deer. I've hunted them my whole life. I don't wanna hurt deer. And the best way to not hurt a deer, and still harvest it is put an arrow in the right place. And the deer is finished within seconds. Doesn't even know it's shot.

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