Gun Vs Bow – Which Way Is Better?

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Gun Vs Bow – Which Way Is Better?

Deer hunting should be considered the nation’s pastime considering how many people engage in this activity. For many new hunters, the question is often should I use a rifle or a bow? Hunters with more experience will certainly tell you the reason to use their weapon of choice but we want to look at the pros and cons of both in several areas of concern. So before you head out for your first kill and field dressing, let’s compare a few reasons that pop up in this popular conversation.

The Expense Of It All

When it comes to hunting, the bottom dollar can have an impact on your weapon of choice. This is where a bow beats out a rifle. No matter who you shop with, such as James River Archery, bows are typically less expensive than a rifle. Rifles also use dispensable ammunition while you can reuse hunting arrows until they are damaged beyond repair. And many bowhunters will make minor repairs to their arrows until the shaft is no longer shootable. So not only is the initial weapon cost less expensive for a bow, the ammunition is as well.

The Best Shot

For fast results, a rifle wins the argument over who has the best shot. The sights are the same on a rifle whereas they can change with a bow. Bow also requires a lot more practice to perfecting your aim and shot but the rifle is quick and to the point. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time practicing, get yourself a rifle.

Quieter Can Be Better

The bow wins when you consider the noise level between a bow and a rifle. Bows are quiet and that is a good thing for several reasons. Firstly, when you shoot target practice with a bow, you won’t have to worry about disturbing your neighbors. With the growing number of neighborhoods and people suffering PTSD, bows allow you to embrace your hobby without causing anyone else any trouble. Additionally, when it comes to hunting deer you can, in theory, obtain more kills on your trip when you use a silent weapon. Shoot a deer with a rifle and all the deer in the vicinity are going to scatter and disappear. We all know that deer know when it’s hunting season and they will be on guard! Shoot with a bow and it’s silent enough that many deer in the area may not notice what has just happened. More opportunity for you to obtain plenty of meat for the freezer!

Patience & Calmness Is Your BFF

This one is a tie depending on how you feel about the issue of being patient and learning patience. Learning bow hunting requires a lot of patience and being intensely calm during the hunt. For some people, that is where a rifle wins. They simply aren’t patient people and don’t have any interest in learning how to be patient. No judgment here, that is simply a fact of life. Yet, for those that are looking to slow down and enjoy every aspect of the hunt then the bow is a better option. You will have to learn your bow! Learn how to stoop, bend over, and lean with it. Learn how to line up your shot and get it in before the deer makes a move. It’s a lot of learning but well worth it if you are desiring that in your hunting life.

Overall, we do recommend bow hunting because of its advantages as well as the fact it gets us in touch with the way our families used to hunt. You may want to start out with deer but don’t forget to consider other animals, such as turkey. Obtaining various types of meat for the family is a huge benefit to hunting no matter what weapon you choose!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gun Vs Bow – Which Way Is Better?

 

Gary Benton has over 45 years of outdoor experience in camping, hiking, fishing, and other activities. He's no armchair survival man, he's walked the walk from the arctic to the desert and all the area in between. Gary has an associates degree in Search and Rescue, Survival Operations, a B.S. in Industrial Occupational safety, and all but his thesis completed for a M.S. in Counseling Psychology.
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