ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Urban Archery Deer season opens Saturday, Sept. 4 at various locations around Virginia. Only antlerless deer can be taken. Archery hunting season for a variety of other species opens next month.
Every year, bowhunters hit the forest and the fields only to find they have issues that will make it impossible for them to harvest their target species, or worse, the problems could endanger their own lives.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
“Now is the time to do what you need to do to up your chances of success when you’re out there,” said Roanoke Sportsman’s Warehouse Archery Supervisor Greg Routh. “You pull out that gear and go over it with a magnifying glass if you have to.”
Routh said knowing your gear is the key and that the only way to really get that knowledge is to practice on a consistent basis. Repairs and maintenance now translate to hunting success later.
“Go over it, shoot it,” Routh said while working on a crossbow. “It’ll let you know, you fool with it enough you can tell when something’s off and when something’s not off.”
Routh says you’ll feel differences that could indicate structural issues or problems with bowstrings. He also said to pay close attention to your arrows.
“Arrows are a big deal,” Routh advised. “We use carbon. It’s not like the days of aluminum where you could kind of bend it back into shape. Once that carbon’s out of shape, you need to replace it. Yes sir, it could be dangerous; check your arrows, make sure they’re not cracked. It’s simple things that you can do to make sure your hunting is successful.”
The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR) has hunting regulations and information online.
Hunting Note: Dove Season
Dove season opens in Virginia Saturday, Sept. 4. It will run through Oct. 27. The VDWR has more on migratory fowl hunting here.
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