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Should First Time Hunters Start With Bows or Shotguns?

Should First Time Hunters Start With Bows or Shotguns?

So you’re a first time hunter. You’re new to “all of this,” but you’re eager to start and you’re wondering, “bow or shotgun?” Should first timers start with bows or shotguns? What do most hunters use/do?

Experienced hunters often use both bows and guns regularly. But for those just starting out, what are the pros and cons of the two?

Costs

Cost-wise, there isn’t much difference between the cost of purchasing a new bow or gun. You’d probably pay between $300 to $600 to get started in a reasonable way. Shotguns are normally cheaper than rifles since there’s no scope involved. If you’re thinking of buying a used bow, keep in mind it might be worn out and in need of new strings/cams.

With guns, you’ll have recurring costs involved– bullets and shot add up! With bows, though, you can use arrows over and over again (or cheaply replace them).

Type of Hunt

Consider what kind of animal you’d like to hunt. What’s legal to use on that animal? Rifles are best for long range options (50 to 300 yards) while shotguns and bows work best for close range (10 to 50 yards). For animals on the move, guns work best. For stationary animals, use a bow. In general, hunting with a bow is harder than with a gun, especially for small targets in motion… How much of a challenge do you want?

Is it easier to learn to shoot a gun than use a bow? Yes. It’s also less physically demanding. Bow hunting requires a person to use both force and tension. With guns, you just aim and shoot them. Therefore, it’s probably best for first timers to start with shotguns and later try bow hunting.

If you are new to hunting, why not try elk hunting in Colorado? Samuelson Outfitters offers guided elk hunts. These foot/horseback hunts include home cooked meals, a tent camp where you can eat/sleep, and more. It’s a wilderness experience in a primitive area where no motorized vehicles are allowed. For more information about elk hunting in Colorado, please call Samuelson Outfitters at 970-726-8221.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Venison Meat

How to Get the Most Out of Your Venison Meat

Few things are more gratifying than enjoying tasty meat that came from an animal you hunted. That gratifying feeling is as old as humanity, and for whatever reason, meat just tastes better and seems more filling when you hunted it yourself just like your ancestors once did, versus running to the grocery store or butcherContinue Reading

Deer Hunting Tips for Muzzleloaders

Deer Hunting Tips for Muzzleloaders

Hunting deer with a muzzleloader can be a challenging experience for even the most skilled hunters. Muzzleloaders require hunters to get closer to deer than they would have to otherwise in order to take them down. If you’re a novice when it comes to deer hunting with a muzzleloader, it’s a good idea for youContinue Reading

How a Centuries Old Land Deal Could Affect Colorado Hunters

How a Centuries Old Land Deal Could Affect Colorado Hunters

For almost a century and a half now, the federal government has owed a huge debt to the state of Colorado. When Colorado first became a state back in 1876, it was scheduled to receive about 4 million acres to set up shop. However, a Native American tribe called the Utes were still living onContinue Reading

How Big Game Hunting in Colorado Helps the State’s Economy

How Big Game Hunting in Colorado Helps the State’s Economy

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The Differences Between Deer and Elk Hunting

The Differences Between Deer and Elk Hunting

Most people are more familiar with deer than elk. Deer are the hoofed ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. There are two main groups– the Cervinae (which includes the fallow deer as well as elk) and the Capreolinae (which includes reindeer and the moose). Deer Vs. Elk Hunting So elk are a form of deer.Continue Reading