Since the first Europeans touched North America, there has been an obsession with hunting wild turkey. A challenging sport in the winter, made even more challenging by the absence of hunting rifles. If you want to experience hunting turkey and other game the way our ancestors did, you are going to have to get out the bow and arrows.
Hunting is an all year sport that takes different skills in the winter. The woods are quieter, the air is cold and drifts of snow can be refuge for wild life. It is that quiet nature that makes so many winter hunting enthusiasts prefer the smooth shot of a recurve bow over the loud bang of a gun.
Turkey Shooting in the Winter
One of the first obvious differences is of course the camouflage that you wear. Bright green and brown khakis are going to make you stand out. White is of course the fashionable color for winter hunters, and usually in the form of a full snowsuit.
The snowsuit is necessary of course to help you keep warm in the cold and should be made with waterproof material on the outside. You could be spending some time laying in the snow waiting for that turkey, and don’t need to get wet in the process.
Like mention prior, a real turkey shoot is done using a recurve bow and arrow. This is what native Americans used until the musket was introduced to the new world. Check with your local sporting goods store about recurve bows and arrows that are meant for winter hunting. As many of the elements as possible will be colored white, to match the snow you are hunting in.
You also must make sure that the recurve bow is built for someone of your size and stature. An expert will look at your arm length and upper body strength to help find you one that fits your body type. Once you have all of your gear, you are ready to sit in the snow and wait until that fat turkey comes gobbling into your path.
Winter Rabbit Hunting
Surprisingly, recurve bow and arrow hunting has become popular for rabbit game as well. While you may think this is too small of a target to hit, rabbits have a tendency to hop and stop, or stop entirely to try and become invisible. These habits make them easy pray for the carefully shot arrow.
If you want to experience winter hunting the way it was when hunting was a necessity rather than a sport, then a bow and arrow is the way to do it. Winter hunting is a whole other type of sport that is well worth exploring.