Texas is a Paradise for Bowhunters Offering a Variety of Game
Texas is a paradise for bowhunters, offering a variety of terrain and game across the state. Available game in Texas includes white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, exotics including free range axis, aoudad sheep, sika deer and blackbuck antelope, feral hogs, turkey, rabbit, squirrel, and plenty more. To plan your next hunting expedition, here are a few tips for bow hunting in Texas.
Bring Your Hunting License & Know the Law
All hunters – including ones from out-of-state – that were born on or after September 2nd, 1971, are required to have successfully completed a Hunter Education Training Course. Your certification card must be carried with you while hunting. Here is a breakdown of the license requirements by age:
9 Years and Under – Must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
9 – 16 Years – Must successfully complete a hunter education course or be accompanied by an adult at all times.
17 Years and Older – Must Successfully complete a Hunter Education Course born on or after September 2nd, 1971.
Your Hunter Education Course certification and hunting licenses is required to be on your person while hunting. Ideally, you should keep it stored in a waterproof bag to avoid damage. Familiarize yourself with the different tags on the license and know which to use, how to properly fill out and attach a tag, and how to complete the hunter log on your hunting license in Texas.
Select the Right Bow
There is no “one size fits all” in archery. Take into account the draw height, draw length, and how the bow fits to your grip and body type. Our archery experts at Buck & Doe’s Mercantile can assist you with selecting the right bow for the type of game you are planning to hunt. Lighter bows, for example, work better for small game, while larger game requires a heavier bow. The bow that is the right choice for you will draw efficiently, operate smoothly, and be an extension of your body.
We have an excellent selection of compound bows, recurve bows, and crossbows from the world’s best manufacturers. We can custom build you a set of arrows, replace bow strings, and paper tune your bow. The best part about shopping at Buck and Doe’s Mercantile is that you can try before you buy. For kids, we carry several models designed for ages six and up and starter youth recurve bows, which can draw all the way down to 8 pounds. Our inventory also includes several models for women as well. No matter what your archery needs, we are here to help make your experience awesome.
An ethical bowhunter will be familiar with their equipment and spend sufficient time on the range to know the distance they can consistently hit their target. If you are new to bowhunting, consider bringing along an experienced hunter for your first couple of trips. Not only is this great networking, but an experienced hunter can also show you popular techniques and tips for further improvement.
If you are hunting with kids, keep them close! Always wear your safety harness when in a tree stand, and do not dry-fire your bow. Only draw and aim at what you want to kill. Stay safe, enjoy the Texas outdoors, and have fun!
We are ready to get you started with your bowhunting experience in San Antonio, TX. Plan your visit with Buck and Doe’s Mercantile today!