Small-game animals include squirrels, hares, rabbits, jackrabbits, prairie dogs, quail, grouse, pheasant and even crow – depending on which state you hunt. Small-game species are abundant, and are often the only animals bowhunters might encounter. Hunting small game can build confidence when hunting large game. Many experienced bowhunters find small game harder to hunt, because they are quick-footed and much smaller targets.
Why Should You Hunt Small Game?
Small Game can be hunted with a bow using broadheads. Check your state’s rules and regulations for the most up-to-date small-game seasons, bag limits, equipment and license requirements, and other information.
- Learn to be patient.
- Practice shooting at a live target. It’s great training for big-game hunting.
- Practice distance judging.
- Learn what your bow and arrow can do at different distances.
- Practice stalking techniques.
- Practice glassing (using binoculars) to find game.
- A close miss on a small target is a good hit on a large target, such as deer.
- Hunting small game while walking is a great way to learn about the area you’re hunting.
- It’s fun!
- Use arrows with brightly colored fletching so they’re easier to find.
- Bring plenty of arrows because you’ll shoot more often.
- Be patient. They will come.
- If hunting squirrels, find their favorite food source, such as a cornfield or acorns falling from oak trees.
- If hunting squirrels, build a ground blind because they have excellent eyesight and detect the smallest movements.
- Make sure you have the right camouflage. Small-game animals have excellent eyesight.
- If hunting jackrabbits, go with several friends. Have one or two bowhunters walk through a bushy area and flush the jackrabbits to bowhunters who are waiting. Make sure all shots are aimed away from fellow hunters.