Location: From Grand Junction CO, stationed in Germany
The first one is the hardest
Once you get the first one out of the way they start dropping like flies. It took me until my 3rd year of hunting with a bow to knock one down. Since then I have taken 5 elk, 5 muleys, 2 coues deer, a javelina and countless rabbits, grouse and other small game.
funny you should write, "Once you get the first one out of the way they start dropping like flies. " because this exactly the conclusion I came to last year when I took a small seven point buck. I posted the story on here just recently.
I just decided that I had to get one under my belt and then I could be more confident and selective in getting a larger whitetail. So, I hope your advice and my thinking is right. we will see this year.
My first bow kill was a Canadian black bear. My second was a wild hog and then I didn't kill anything for a while until I got a whitetail buck recently. I hunted a lot with the bow but just not successful or later too selective.
My next animal,, besides a whitetail this year hopefully, will be a pronghorn antelope.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...