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[l am panning on doing some bow hunting this year new to this plan on hunting on some crown land , plan on getting there by quad on a trail can i do this? also plan on carrying a 444 marlin just incase can i do this?

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Looking for some helpful hints new to bow hunting, or am i the only one on here?

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No you're not alone, I've just been off-line moving and on vacation. Welcome to the site.

For general bow-hunting tips try either the White Tail or archery forums. I'm not intimately familiar with MB hunting regs, but I doubt you can carry a rifle during the archery season. You can probably carry one if you choose to bow hunt during the rifle season though, but you'll have to adhere to all rifle hunting regs (namely hunter orange requirements).

I don't bow hunt personally, but from what I gather do a bit of scouting and try and find areas that show lots of deer activity (not meaning to tell you how to suck eggs, but just in case you're brand new to the sport).

If by crown land you mean bush (which I assume, as opposed to in the farm land) look for food sources: swamp alders/willows, hazelnut scrub patches, old burns/clear cuts. There should be trails leading to/from/through these areas, and also running (generally) parallel to any ridges. These trails are usually pretty easy to spot in the prairies it should look like a cow path or small walking trail (not just a few tracks here and there) - if not that probably means there's a low number of deer in your area and you should move on. If you find a high concentration of droppings that often indicates you're near a bedding or feeding area, both of which are good places.

I'd start on the trail you plan to quad in on and look for rubs on trees made by deer (they're the easiest to see from a distance). Don't get them confused with rabbits chewing the bark (which can look similar except that if you look close on a rabbit rub you'll see the teeth marks and the abrasions will be horizontal, whereas with a deer they will be more vertical and no teeth marks).

Once you find a couple of those get out and start looking for trails. Hopefully you'll find some trails near an area with a lot of rubs and then you're in business. I'd suggest setting a minimum of two stands overlooking the heaviest travelled trail you can find (set one for a Northerly wind, one for a southerly wind since most days the wind will be be from somewhere to the west). Then clear some shooting lanes from your stand (remember it doesn't take much to deflect an arrow off your mark) make sure you have a couple good lanes on to the trail and a couple more to open areas around it.

A mature buck may not (probably not) follow the trail, (it's mostly does and young bucks using these trails) but he'll be heading in the same general direction so don't get tunnel vision on the trail.

Hope this helps.

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