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Archers generally have to make their shots from forty-five yards or less. Because of this short distance between hunter and game, there are several factors that come into play in bow hunting that are not as important when rifle hunting. For instance, a bow hunter has to factor in the acute senses of his prey. The bow hunter must take measures to fool the smell, hearing and sight of his game. In order to do this a bow hunter requires specialized equipment.

In order to make his shot, a bow hunter must be completely invisible to the animal he is hunting. A bow hunter can accomplish this with camouflage. There are many different camouflage patterns available to today's bow hunter, each designed for concealment in different terrain. A bow hunter in the deep woods would no more use a desert camo pattern than a hunter in the snowy tundra would use a woodland camo pattern. A hunter must make the correct decision what kind of camo to use. Some serious bow hunters have gone so far as to employ the same ghillie suits worn by armed forces snipers to perfect their camouflage.

But it is foolish to think that wild animals only perceive danger with their eyes. On the contrary, most animals have been blessed with a very acute sense of smell. At 45 yards, a white-tailed deer would smell the hunter and run. Bow hunters also have a large variety of scent masking agents that hide the smell of the hunter under a stronger smell that the quarry will not find alarming.

In order to make their shot and remain undetected until they do, a hunter must remain still and quiet, so the animal will not hear him when he is within visible range. But while the animal is too far away to see him, the hunter may attempt to lure it in by fooling it's sense of hearing as well. There are several calls designed for different game on the market.