I don’t much like February aside from shed hunting and small game hunting. March is worse. If there is a throwaway month for most bowhunters, it’s March. Big game seasons are a distant memory, and the promise of spring turkeys, while close, still seems to take forever to actually get here.
However, not all is lost this time of year. There are some critters worthy of busting out the bows for. As mentioned, small game can be had, and provided you’ve got a bow and a few judo or small-game points for your arrows, you’re set. Larger critters are available as well, though most pale in popularity compared to deer, antelope and elk. That doesn’t mean they aren’t fun or challenging to hunt. If cabin fever has got you down and you’re sick of punching paper and foam in the basement or at the local range, consider getting out and hunting a few unconventional trophies.
Following are six options for the bowhunter willing to re-think his or her idea of a good bowhunting time.
<h2>Rabbits</h2>I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for rabbits and hares. It’s probably because I grew up hunting them, and now look forward to chasing them each winter. Nearly all rabbit hunting is done with either a scoped .22 rifle or a shotgun. That doesn’t mean archery hunters are out of luck though. Cottontails can provide an excellent challenge for the willing bowhunter provided you’re prepared to sneak along molasses-slow while picking apart likely cover. Ditto for snowshoe hares and jackrabbits. <p></p> If still-hunting isn’t your thing, small drives are also possible, but they often require a knowledge of the ground and some previous experience with flushed rabbits. In areas with decent populations this is an absolute blast and a heck of a way to kick cabin fever to the curb.