If you’ve ever been bowhunting, you know first-hand what an amazing and transformational experience it can be. I have hundreds of memories of time spent with my dad, out in nature, chasing game for me and my family to eat. If you’ve never been bowhunting, however, but are considering it – I’ve put together this list of the benefits it provides to convince you to finally try it. Some are personal, while others are true to all bowhunters, and then, there are those that are true to all types of hunting.
The Satisfaction of Providing for Yourself and Your Loved Ones
The benefit of putting food on the table for yourself and your family is difficult to put into words. It’s a profound, satisfying feeling that gives you a sense of fulfilment, accomplishment and safety that makes all the frustrations and difficulty that come with hunting with a hunting bow totally worth it.
We spend a lot of time worrying about keeping our families fed, safe and making sure everything is okay. This is especially true if you’re a parent. That worry we have as parents is good and normal, and it’s a key part of who we are as people. Father and mother figures in every culture are worried about providing food, safety and health to their children, and when you’re around the dining table after the hunt, seeing the people you love most chomp away, being healthy and happy, and knowing that your skill and efforts are responsible for it all is indescribable.
Bowhunting Can Become a Cherished Family Tradition
Starting a family tradition is quite a good reason to go out and get a hunting bow. A lot of people learn about and get into bowhunting from their parents. Hunting strategies, techniques and even weapons are passed down from generation to generation, and sharing knowledge through relationships is amazing.
Most species are born with the understanding of how to eat, self-sustain and mate, but we humans aren’t one of them. However, we can teach one another anything, and that’s the key ingredient to our longevity. In recent years, many people are getting into bowhunting without any family involvement, which is understandable, since bowhunting isn’t all that popular anymore. However, there are many that come from the world of target archery and are simply looking to take their skills to the next level. If you’re looking to pick up or pass down bowhunting from or to family, then there’s something special about explaining and learning about the land around your home, and how you or they can help sustain and support the animal population.
Hunting is Conservation
Hunters play a crucial role in land and nature conservation in many ways which are overlooked by most people. Hunting regulations and hunters are responsible for the resurgence of endangered populations, stabilisation of animal groups, and protection and maintenance of species and land. Hunters help keep predator populations from disrupting and exploding the natural balance of species. They also help inhibit outbreaks of disease from spreading between various species. Furthermore, they spend millions of dollars on fees and taxes that pay for land conservation research, wildlife law enforcement and upkeep of public lands.
Hunting Lets You Unplug for a While
We spend so much time on our smart devices that we oftentimes get completely disconnected from nature and life in general. You’re watching TV, get bored for a moment, and you check your phone, while still watching TV. We’ve become too dependent on electronic devices, and while they are beneficial and make things more convenient, most of us take it too far.
Many studies show that our smart devices make us distracted, edgy and antsy. Hunting is one of the best ways to escape all of that. It’s just you, your hunting bow, the quarry and nature. You get to wander around, look at the stars, experience sunrise and sunsets. But even before smart devices took over our lives and free time, hunting was one of the best ways to escape from everything.
Bowhunting Can Teach You Self-Discipline and Patience
We as a species have a hard time putting off instant gratification. Bowhunting requires a lot of patience and self-discipline, and if you lack these characteristics, it provides a great way to work on them. You’ll hone these characteristics while you work on your archery, tracking and stalking skills. You might need to stalk your prey for multiple hours before you make a move. And it takes a lot of self-control to keep yourself from taking a shot that you almost have to take, but shouldn’t.
You can transfer these abilities to your everyday home life, and they’ll make you a better person overall. These skills are also important and beneficial to teach to young children, as they can benefit them in all areas of life down the road. Additionally, bowhunting can boost confidence, improve your hand-eye coordination and many other abilities and skills that you can transfer to everyday life.