With archery season coming up soon it is time to get the gear out and practice!
Yes, for those in the West, archery seasons start as soon as the last week in July, so dust of that bow, exercise those muscles and practice some. Archery like so many other sports requires practice to develop the muscle power and memory to operate a bow effectively, accurately and efficiently.
California archery seasons start in second Saturday in July for the A zone, possibly the worst time for an archer to have to hunt due to the heat, but none-the-less that is when we have to hunt, with the season running for 23 days. Zone B4 opens up on the 4th Saturday and runs for 23 days, B3-5 and D3-5 open up on the third Saturday in August, with those D zones further South opening even later, each running for the 23 day period. Check here for full details.
Archery has the distinct advantage of extending the hunting season for the hunter, and can in some States offer other unique benefits such as special hunts in locations where firearms are nor permitted. These advantage come with some restrictions in most States, for example here are the additional requirements and laws for California:
For the taking of big game, hunting arrows and crossbow bolts with a broad head type blade which will not pass through a hole seven-eighths inch in diameter shall be used. Mechanical/ retractable broad heads shall be measured in the open position.
No arrows or crossbow bolt with an explosive head or with any substance which would tranquilize or poison any animal may be used.
No arrow or crossbow bolt may be released from a bow or crossbow upon or across any high- way, road or other way open to vehicular traffic.
No bow or crossbow may be used which will not cast a legal hunting arrow, except flu- flu arrows, a horizontal distance of 130 yards.
Except as described in subsection 354(j), crossbows may not be used to take game birds and game mammals during archery seasons.
Except as provided in subsection 353(g), archers may not possess a firearm while hunting in the field during any archery season, or while hunting during a general season under the provisions of an archery only tag.
No person may nock or fit the notch in the end of an arrow to a bowstring or crossbow string in a ready-to-fire position while in or on any vehicle.
Hunting Area Limitations.
Archers not in possession of an archery only tag may hunt only in the zone, zones, or areas for which they have a general tag or an area-specific archery tag.
Other States have similar restrictions although not necessarily the same, so it YOUR responsibility as a hunter to check on the regulations of the state in which you wish to hunt.
Link to all other States here