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Shooting Your Bow In Camp? Hah!


Somewhere along the line, you start shooting your bow before archery season. Now I don't know about you, but I don't practice year-round like some do. I'll start sometime during the summer and increase my shooting frequency as the season gets closer. I find that most archery hunters follow the same routine.

Now, before I begin, this is a short topic that I've been wanting to write about for quite some time but never got around to it. However, during this last archery season, I found myself a recipient of the consequences of not doing the very things I'm writing about and know to be true.

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Newbies: Where To Start


Here is a sampling of some of the typical questions I get from Newbies about hunting in Colorado:

Where do I start?
Where do I go?
How do I begin?
How do I find out what to do?
I don't know enough to even ask the right questions!

Well, if this is you, don't feel like the Lone Ranger. Between the multitude of new hunters, returning hunters who still don't have a clue, residents who are just beginning to hunt, and those hunters who have recently made Colorado their home, there is a long learning curve to go up.

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Hunting Alone?


Hunting by oneself is not a big deal, unless you are hunting in mountainous country like Colorado. Now, it becomes a serious event because hunters die here every year. Most of these deaths were caused by ignorance and complacency and probably could have been avoided. Since this topic is extensive, I’ll briefly cover some highlights that top the list of frequent mistakes and common sense issues. For starters, one should not overlook the valuable information contained under the menu topic of Tips.

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Tipping Your Guide


How much does a hunter tip his or her guide? This has always been a perceived dilemma among hunters but there is really a simple answer. Some believe that for minimum average service, the tip should be 10% and up to 20% for excellent service. Of course, if one holds to that method, then the next question would be, “What is average or excellent service?” What gauge or barometer does one use for such a subjective question that will result in a fair conclusion?

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