2017-07-26 / Sports

Struttin’ Time:

Are you ready for archery season?
By STEVE BREWER

In less than 40 days, come hell or high water, our 2017-18 archery season for deer opens in the Commonwealth. Are you ready?

If your answer to the above question is no, now is the time to check all your gear, tree stands, feeders, and if you are not hunting on your own property, check and make sure you have the green light. Things change when you hunt on others’ property.

Another thing I would like to mention, both does and bucks are legal, but do us all a favor and let the does walk, please. We have been years trying to build up our eastern Kentucky herd; a few more years of letting the does walk will let us continue that trend.

There have been great strides in the arrowheads we use today, with many different styles, and many different companies making them. Three razor tips can easily cost you over fifty dollars, not counting the cost of the arrow.

The equipment used today is not the equipment we used in the 60’s and 70’s, not even what we used 10 short years ago. When I started bow hunting, in about 1965, we had re-curves and wooden arrows. Now bows don’t even look like bows.

With all the money you have in equipment — and wanting to assure you have a good result — don’t just run out and put up a target and shoot at it three times and quit the day before season. You need to shoot each and every day, at least an hour a day.

Remember to check and wax your string, check your sights, and make sure your bow is in hunting condition. I hope everyone has a great season. Your chances of a good season are better if you take a few extra minutes to look at everything.

Until next week, be getting ready. Archery season will be here soon.

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