Woods Wa­ter

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS -

By Ken Sim­mers

Af­ter what seems a very long wait, bow sea­son for deer opens to­day. Rules are ba­si­cally what they usu­ally are. One antlered white­tail deer may be taken dur­ing bow sea­son. In Re­gion A, two antler­less deer may be taken dur­ing this sea­son. How­ever, in Re­gion B (us), an un­lim­ited num­ber of deer may be taken dur­ing this sea­son. Why would we need an un­lim­ited num­ber of deer?

Any­way, back to ba­sics: cross­bows are now a sta­ple mem­ber of the weapons fam­ily. It used to be that a spe­cial li­cense was re­quired. No more. There are lots of mis­con­cep­tions con­cern­ing cross­bows. Just be­cause you bought one does not make you an ex­pert. You have to prac­tice just as with any other weapon. Many peo­ple be­lieve that the bolt from a cross­bow does not drop, or drops just a lit­tle bit at fifty yards. These guys ob­vi­ously have never shot and mea­sured the drop them­selves. Bolts drop fu­ri­ously. Not a mere two inches at fifty yards, more like a foot and a half. Mea­sure it your­self. Shoot at twenty yards, the shoot at the same point of im­pact at fifty yards and see for your­self.

None­the­less, cross­bows are deadly weapons, just as are reg­u­lar bows. Hit the deer in the vitals and he is go­ing to drop. Pe­riod. Keep the edges of the broad­heads sharp, and they will be deadly.

Some cross­bows may be bought for around $350; others cost $2,000. How deep is your wal­let? Will an ex­pen­sive cross­bow do any­thing that a cheap one will not? No. How­ever, con­sider shot­guns for a mo­ment. I would have very few qualms spend­ing $1,500 for a shot­gun. There is pride of own­er­ship.

The same holds true with ri­fles. I gave my best ri­fle to my grand­son. It is a Mannlicher Schonauer, light as a feather, pos­sesses sev­eral ex­tra features (even though it is 100 years old), and is worth $2,000. Would I buy another one? Show me $2,000, and I’ll show you the an­swer.

As with other types of hunt­ing, there are sev­eral items to carry into the field: 20-foot length of rope, tree stand and safety harness, binoc­u­lars, knife, two flash­lights, mark­ing tape, wa­ter and snacks. Also, carry a pencil and field tag.

Bow sea­son will run un­til muz­zleloader sea­son, so it’s a long chance to tag your deer. Hold­ers of li­censes may buy an ad­di­tional antlered deer stamp tag, to be used dur­ing one sea­son of their choice. Hunters must take two antler­less deer be­fore a sec­ond antlered deer may be taken. Fal­low deer may be taken in lieu of white­tail deer; they are con­sid­ered es­capees.

Get out, have fun and may your ar­row fly true.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.