An experienced technology executive, Jeffery Scott Fraser is working toward a PhD in business and technology while serving as the owner of Alaska’s Tsaina Lodge. Outside of these pursuits, Jeffery S. Fraser enjoys hunting. One of the most fundamental decisions that a hunter must make is whether to hunt with a gun or a bow. While many hunters use both, developing a strong skill set depends on starting with a narrow focus.
Important issues to consider include the specific animal to be hunted and local regulations. Hunting small, fast-moving animals, such as quail, with a bow can prove nearly impossible. Furthermore, regulations at the state and even county level can dictate which “methods of take” are valid for specific animals. Regulations for bows and guns can be very different, from how to obtain a tag to when it is legal to hunt.
Individuals should also think about the learning curves involved. Gun users can often obtain better accuracy quicker, because they can steady their hands by sitting or by perching the gun. Because bow hunting demands that the hunter stand, the learning curve is steeper for many people. In addition, using a bow is much more physically demanding.