I tried it for a year or two and gave up. Missed a real nice buck (shot over his back) and lost a doe who turned at the sound of the string being released (my arrow hit her butt). I HATE wounding game that I don't recover and that ebded my bow hunting. I just decided that it wasn't for me.
Maybe I'll try it again someday but not any time soon. Conside rit all the more bow hunting opportunity for you guys. When I gave up bow hunting I started chasing waterfowl instead and man do I ever enjoy that more. There is just something more satisfying about watching birds rain down in front of your shotgun than in watching a deer run away from my clumbsy attempts with a pointy stick and string.
Good luck out there! If you stick with it, you will get one sooner or later whether it is this year or next!
I have done everything possible to get my kids involved in hunting. Every time out whether it be scouting, camping or during the actual hunt, I will challenge them to find their way back without using any electronics (GPS). Also without a compass. They know by now that I am going to challenge one of them, so right off the bat when leaving our vehicle or camp they will start picking out land marks to help them out. Makes me and them feel confident that if we were to somehow separate that they...