The 2016 deer hunting season begins tomorrow.
But you won’t hear any rifle shots in the distance.
The hunters taking to the fields right now are carrying an older style of weapon.
Jim Olson reports on the start of the bow hunting season.
(Jim Olson, KX News) For a certain kind of hunter, this is like Christmas Eve.
(Roger Coleman, Souris Valley Bowmen President) “This is the most exciting time of the year.”
(Jim Olson, KX News) Roger Coleman is talking about bow hunters. He’s the president of the Souris Valley Bowmen – a growing group of about 100 people who use this indoor
and outdoor area to hone their skills as archers.
(Roger Coleman, Souris Valley Bowmen President) “ND bow season starts tomorrow at Noon so everybody’s been out here practicing real hard and getting ready for their trips.”
(Jim Olson, KX News) Before bow hunters get into the field in search of deer or other game that’s in season, they need to make sure their equipment is ready – and that they are ready for the fall hunt. Because, according to Coleman, it’s not the same as grabbing a rifle and taking a shot.
(Roger Coleman, Souris Valley Bowmen President) “I would say it’s a lot more difficult. There’s a lot more practice that goes into it and obviously you have to get up close and personal with the game.”
(Jim Olson, KX News) How close? He says 20 to 30 yards is what he shoots for. And that means planning and patience in the field
And lots of time shooting and evaluating the shots.
At the Souris Valley Bowmen Club, there are varied spaces to practice
(Roger Coleman) “There’s 28 3D targets…”
(Jim Olson, KX News) like this outdoor area where shooters get a feel for shooting at game, rather than a bulls eye.
And there’s an outdoor range with specific distances to allow for callibration of equipment.
And inside – this range allows controlled environment shooting to help dial in sights and test out various equipment
Although it seems like Coleman is pretty much on target for the season.
(Roger Coleman, Souris Valley Bowmen President) “Fall is in the air so it’s definitely time to get your bows out and get ready to go hunting.”
(Jim Olson, KX News) And Christmas comes for bow hunters in a matter of hours. Jim Olson, KX News.
The bow hunting season is the first for North Dakota deer hunters.
It runs from September Second through January 8th.
The deer gun season hits in a couple of months – from November 4th through the 20th.
And there’s a youth deer hunting season that runs from the 16th through the 25th this month.