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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.

3 Reasons to Plan a Hunting Trip in Colorado

3 Reasons to Plan a Hunting Trip in Colorado

It’s been a crazy, unforgettable and sad start to the new decade thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with brighter days on the horizon, now is the time to start thinking about potential hunting excursions for the upcoming season. Here’s why you should consider a hunting a trip in the beautiful state of Colorado. TheContinue Reading

Hunting is a Major Part of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 10-Year Initiative

Hunting is a Major Part of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 10-Year Initiative

For some reason, hunting isn’t quite as popular as it used to be in the United States. Back in the early 1980s, there were about 17 million people who hunted throughout the country. Today, that number has dropped down to about 11 million with more than 2 million hunters moving away from hunting between 2011Continue Reading

How Colorado is Responding to Changing Elk Populations

How Colorado is Responding to Changing Elk Populations

 In recent years, hunters in Southwest Colorado have seen a huge decline in the elk population. In 2015, there were almost 20,000 elk in the area. However, as of right now, there are fewer than 17,000 elk and it appears as though that number could continue to decrease if the Colorado Parks and Wildlife doesn’tContinue 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 to Improve Your Success Rate When Archery Hunting

How to Improve Your Success Rate When Archery Hunting

Deer and elk hunting in Colorado can be immensely challenging and exciting in and of itself. Nonetheless, you can make it even more exhilarating by bowhunting when you do it. In order to achieve success, though, you’re going to need to figure out how to improve your archery skills ahead of your hunt. Here areContinue Reading

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

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

In recent months, there has been a lot of talk about how the marijuana industry has provided Colorado’s economy with a big boost. It has reportedly helped the state rake in about $6 billion so far. But it’s not the only industry that is helping Colorado’s economy to grow. Big game hunting is also havingContinue Reading

What is a Drop-Camp Hunting Trip?

What is a Drop-Camp Hunting Trip?

Do you feel confident in your ability to hunt for elk without a hunting guide by your side? If so, you might want to consider taking a drop-camp hunting trip. They’re starting to become popular with those who want to hunt for elk without a hunting guide but don’t want to go through the hassleContinue Reading

How to Prepare for the Altitude of a Colorado Hunting Trip

How to Prepare for the Altitude of a Colorado Hunting Trip

When you’re preparing to take a Colorado hunting trip, you’ll probably spend a lot of time getting your hunting gear together and mapping out what each of your days is going to look like. But it’s important to remember that you should also prepare for the altitude that you’re going to subject your body toContinue Reading

Why Colorado is an Ideal Destination for Big Game Hunting

Why Colorado is an Ideal Destination for Big Game Hunting

A slogan like “Come To Colorado” should be used to tell more people about this great state! Then again, the more people that move here, the less wilderness there will be… and Colorado’s rich wilderness is one of the things that make it an ideal destination for big game hunting. Open Space The Dixie ChicksContinue Reading