Archery season is well underway, but there’s still time to learn how to make the most of it, and Carthage’s Wings & Whitetails can help you do just that.
“The archery season starts a month earlier than the archery season, so that’s one of the things that makes bowhunting so popular here, it’s that time extra in the woods,” said archery technician David Britt. “During regular archery season, you can take just about any of your species of white tails that you have tags for, hinds or bucks. As for what game you can shoot, that’s what’s available during arc season. By Texas law, you can hunt just about anything with a bow, and there are people who do. These are people who hunt squirrels, hunt birds.
There are many ways to get started in bowhunting.
“Initially you would have your traditional shooters, which will be more of your recurve and longbows, I guess people think of them as Indian bows,” Britt said. “From there you’ll move on to compound bows, which is the vast majority of what you see people hunting with these days. These will have your wheels and cams on the end. And then you have crossbows, which became legal six or seven years ago, and they’ve become very popular lately. A crossbow will look more like a pistol, with a scope on it.
Some bows are easier to use than others.
“Traditional stuff, recurve and longbows are going to take a lot more practice, are going to be a little harder to use,” Britt said. “And then crossbows, we sell a lot of those for when you get into a lot of old people who have issues that just can’t shoot conventional bows anymore, and you have a lot of kids who want to get outside, so we have some people who buy crossbows to let their kids go hunting, those are the different things that are available to us.
Many people interested in archery are looking for more challenge, and they find it.
“It takes more skill, more patience, more time, a little more dedication,” Britt said. “It forces the hunter to take a closer look at things like odor control and camouflage. He definitely puts more adventure and more sport into it. It’s not that easy. It’s definitely a game of patience when it comes to archery, and some people are looking for that. They are just looking for a little more challenge. I get more of a kind of fair hunt, give the animals a little bit more of a chance. For most people here it’s all about putting freezer meat on the table, but there are a number of other hunters here who see it more as a sport, with more (of) a state sportsmanship. For these people, they’re not just looking to go out and kill, they want to make things a little harder. »
Britt himself has been bowhunting since 1995, and the last time he hunted with a gun was in 1996.
“Since then, I have only hunted with bows,” he says. “A lot of people will be bowhunting until October and then come the opening weekend of gun season, they’ll put down their bow and move on, but there’s an increasing number of people who don’t hunt more with guns. They hunt strictly with bows.
Hunters do a lot of good here, Britt said.
“They certainly help take care of things. They watch what’s in the woods,” he said. “They play a vital role in game and parks and wildlife law enforcement on things like numbers and what they see, how much they see. And that helps us grow the herds, keep them healthy.
However, archery is not limited to hunters.
“We get a lot of people here who aren’t hunters,” Britt said. “A lot of people who are just targeted archers, and Panola County, there’s a lot of places here in Panola County and surrounding counties that have archery clubs that will run archery in 3D all year round, and that’s a great thing.”
Wings & Whitetails specializes in all types of archery equipment.
“If you have a problem, come in, talk to one of us,” he said. We will take the time with you. It may not be right at this time. We can schedule a time at that time, but we’ll just sit down with you and go back and look at the form, look at some of the things you’re doing, go through an idea of things that might work out a bit better. Often it might not even be the form, it might not be the shooter. It may be the setup, so we’ll take a look at your bow, make sure everything is set up and set up for you.
They sell items to fit everyone.
“A lot of people say ‘Well, my kid’s too young’ or ‘I’m too old’ or ‘I have a bad shoulder’, ‘I can’t do this anymore’, and that’s not necessarily the case,” Britt said. “We bring a lot of people here who think they can’t, and we show them that they can. be not for them or they just aren’t able to do it either physically or financially We try to keep bows and things in stock that will roughly fit the budget of we sure don’t want anyone thinking they can’t, just walk in and let us show you why you’re wrong, and get you behind something and get you out in the woods or just make you go out on the field.
Wings & Whitetails is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are located at 538 S. Shelby St. in Carthage.