Archery, Crossbow Season Begins Drawing A New Generation Of Hunters

October 22, 2017

by Tony Young,

There’s a new kind of hunter afield these days creating a new trend. Young urbanites, many of them millennials, are taking up bowhunting. These young people are motivated by healthy lifestyles, organic food and the ever-growing farm/field-to-table movement.

During archery season, in addition to taking a legal buck, you are allowed to take antlerless deer, which greatly increases your chances of putting quality meat in the freezer.

Millennial hunters care about fitness, red meat and doing their own thing. Bowhunting is booming with this new generation of hunter, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. Because hunting with a bow requires more tracking, these young fitness-minded people are picking it up.

Today, teen girls are being inspired to take up archery and bowhunting because of movies like “The Hunger Games” and “Brave,” and are motivated by a generation of women who are dedicated to the outdoors, fitness and wellness.

If you’re stealthy enough and have done your preseason homework, you have a good chance of having a nice one come within shooting range of your bowhunting setup. Early in the season, before deer are subjected to significant hunting pressure, they are more active during daylight hours. Once gun season hits, though, you might not see that big ’un again for the rest of the year, except for maybe a trail cam pic taken in the middle of the night.

Archery and crossbow seasons started Saturday in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Antlered or antlerless deer may be taken by bow or crossbow until November 22. Antlered deer can be take only by crossbow or bow November 27-December 1. For information on the remainder of deer season, refer to the maps and chart below or click here.


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