Archery and rifle hunting are two of the most popular methods for hunting elk. But which one is right for you? Here we list out the pros and cons of each method to help you decide:
For hunters who want to truly become one with nature, archery hunting is the way to go. Quiet and peaceful, archery hunting is perfect for those who are looking for a challenge. Here are a few more reasons to go archery hunting:
- Longer season: In most areas, the archery hunting season lasts longer than the rifle hunting season.
- Requires more skill: Archery hunting isn’t for beginners, but it’s great for experienced hunters.
- You’re closer to nature: Hunting with a bow is quiet and peaceful. If you want to feel closer to nature, archery hunting is the way to go.
- It’s an even playing field: Hunting an animal with a bow gives them a fighting chance, evening the playing field and offering more of a challenge to the hunter.
As fun as archery hunting can be, not everyone has the money, experience, or patience for it. Rifle hunting is a more accessible way to enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Here are some more advantages rifle hunting brings:
- Cheaper than a bow: High-quality bows are expensive and require more accessories than a rifle.
- Easier for beginners: Rifle hunting is less involved, less physically demanding, doesn’t require as much skill.
- Greater accuracy means a more ethical shot: Rifles are more accurate than bows, especially for beginners. This results in a cleaner, more ethical kill.
- Less physically demanding: Rifle hunting doesn’t require as much arm strength, hand-eye coordination, or steadiness as a bow. You can also fire a rifle while sitting or lying down.