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Bow Hunting

Bow hunters make their shots from forty-five yards or less, as opposed to the long distances (two hundred yards or more) that rifle hunters can make the kill from. Because of this short distance between hunter and game, there are several factors that come into play in bow hunting that are less important to consider when hunting with a gun. For instance, a bow hunter has to factor in the acute senses of his prey and make use of accessories like ghillie suits. This close interaction between predator and prey is what makes bow hunting so attractive to some enthusiasts.

There are several types of bows. A recurve bow is defined by the way the tips of the bow curve out from the shooter when the bow is unstrung. Also the string touches the bow limbs even when it is strung. Long bows are long, sometimes as tall as a man when set on their end. This is the bow form used by bow purists, and the same design that was used by archers in warfare in medieval Europe. Traditionally, they are made from a single piece of wood. Compound bows use a levering system of pulleys and cables to increase the amount of kinetic energy in the bow. Today, compound bows are the most commonly used for bow hunting.

Besides hunting mammals, bow hunting enthusiasts also hunt fish. Bow hunting for fish is commonly called "bow fishing" and requires a specially designed arrow, as well as a strong fishing line attached to the arrow at one end and a spool on the bow. When bow fishing it it important to remember that, because the fish is underwater, the water distorts the view, and the angle of refraction must be taken into consideration. This is usually compensated for by firing below where the target appears to be.