Rural vs. Urban Bowhunting: How Do They Differ?

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Whether you’re surrounded by concrete or cornfields, bowhunting is a challenge. Rural hunters and urban hunters face tests specific to their areas. However, harvesting game with a bow is a universal challenge for all hunters, no matter where they call home.

Rural Hunters

Rural hunters often have vast land expanses at their disposal, including public and private lands. Photo Credit: John Hafner

Rural hunters often have vast land expanses at their disposal. This land might be private or public, but there’s plenty of it when compared to what urban hunters encounter.

Lots of land might seem like a blessing, but it can create different challenges, such as lots of places for deer to hide. Narrowing a hunting area to prime locations takes knowledge and legwork. Rural hunters can use topographic maps and satellite images to reduce their legwork by identifying likely food, water and bedding areas from their homes.

Rural bowhunters must also contend with gun seasons that aren’t possible in urban environments. Gun hunting makes deer wary and harder to hunt. This increases the challenge for bowhunters, especially during late seasons.

The best part of rural hunting is its stillness and serenity. When hunting rural environments, bowhunters feel fully in touch with nature.

Urban Hunters

Hunters living in urban areas may struggle finding places to hunt near home and must capitalize on community resources – like local archery shops – to find places to hunt. Photo Credit: ATA

Urban hunters often struggle to find public lands near home. Although urban public-hunting opportunities exist, most often hunting occurs on small tracts of private land.

Securing permission to hunt private land is a major hurdle for urban hunters. It can be intimidating to ask strangers for permission to hunt their property. The most receptive landowners have often had their gardens, flowers and shrubbery annihilated by hungry deer. Networking and identifying landowners with a deer problem is a vital part of securing prime hunting spots. Courting landowners can sometimes involve writing letters and knocking on doors.

Urban areas typically have liberal seasons and surplus game. This means more time hunting and potentially more venison in the freezer. Many states hold special seasons for urban areas.

No matter where you bowhunt, its essence is getting close to game and using carefully refined archery skills to harvest your quarry. That’s an intense challenge with archery equipment.

But no matter their experience level, all bowhunters get their start and regular help at nearby archery shops. That includes hunters from New York City’s suburbs to America’s heartland. If you want to join that adventure, visit an archery store to get all the information and gear you need.


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