Scott Warner, a biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, offers some suggestions. Warner said archers are going to miss the target, and they will have to replace arrows and strings. He also recommended checking the sights.
"You're going to have to get all those accessories worked out before bow season,” Warner said. “You're probably going to need to go out and buy some new arrows. If you're looking at getting your equipment serviced, it's probably going to take a couple of days after you drop it off. If you wait until the week before archery season, you're not going to have it; it's not going to be there."
Warner said if you don't put things off and get things ready well before the start of bow season, and that includes practicing, you will be ready when you hit the woods.
"Once you get your equipment, and your ready to go, start out 15 to 20 yards and you want to put all your arrows in a 6 to 8 inch circle,” he said. “If I can't hit a 6-inch circle, I don't want to shoot that far when I'm bow hunting."
And if you can't hit a 6-inch circle farther than 20 or 25 yards every time, Warner said, you will probably still get a shot at a nice deer.
"If you can only hit 25 yards, that's fine, most of your shots bow hunting are around 25 yards or less, and you don't need anything else," he said.
The key is practice, preparations and having the right equipment. Warner said one more thing to consider is getting out and target practice with your broad heads, because they often times fly a little bit different than your target arrows. Have fun, good luck, and I will see you at the check-in station.
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