Whitetail IQ Test: Bowhunting

Special circumstances and unique choices for archers.

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1. You bowhunt thick timber and brush, where most shots will be close. Your bow sights should be set so you can make shots out to
A. 20 yards
B. 30 yards
C. 40 yards
D. 50 yards

2. It's very late up north, with temperatures never rising above freezing. When you draw your bow, you hear a horrible screeching noise. To get rid of it, you should
A. Lightly coat your arrow shaft with corn oil
B. Lubricate the bow's moving parts with dry graphite
C. Pad the arrow rest's prongs with stick-on moleskin or fleece
D. All of the above

3. You've been bowhunting all season long, and you've been shooting well during practice sessions outside. But now it's November, it's very cold, and you have a tag to fill. You should
A. Not adjust your bow at all
B. Turn the draw weight down 5 to 10 percent to make it easier to draw your bow
C. Turn the draw weight up 5 to 10 percent to help zip arrows through a deer's winter coat
D. Practice in a heated area

4. **You should position a lone doe decoy
**A.
Facing you about 20 yards out in an open field
B. Facing away from you about 20 yards out in an open field
C. In the brush at the field edge right next to your stand
D. In the middle of the field about 75 yards away

5. **You're in a tree stand 15 feet above the ground, and a buck appears directly below you. Your sight pins are set for 20 and 30 yards. Where do you hold to make this shot?
**A.
The 20-yard pin right between the shoulder blades
B. The 20-yard pin held on the belly line, right below the lungs
C. The 20-yard pin on the deer's back line, just above the lungs
D. Don't take the shot

6. Just prior to heading for your tree stand, you take a few shots with your broadhead-tipped arrows at a 3-D target, and they fly perfectly. Now you should
A. Use the same broadhead and arrow
B. Use a new arrow and broadhead of the same make and size so you can shoot a "fresh one" at deer
C. Use the same arrow-broadhead combination you practiced with, but first replace the broadhead blades with fresh ones

7. **You come to full draw as an approaching buck walks into an open lane 30 yards away and stops, but it is quartering to you. It doesn't appear alarmed. You should
**A.
Put yyour 30-yard pin on the inside of its shoulder and shoot
B. Put your 30-yard pin on its shoulder blade and shoot
C. Hold the bow at full draw, waiting for the buck to give you a broadside or quartering-away shot
D. Stomp your foot on your stand to make the buck move

8. Late on the evening before opening day you spot a nice buck feeding in a greenfield with four subordinate bucks. To increase your odds of getting a shot at it, you should
A. Wait until three hours after dark, then go to the spot where you saw the deer enter the woods as it left the field, set up a tree stand right there, and be back in it before first light
B. Wait until three hours after dark, then go to the spot where you saw the deer enter the woods as it left the field, set up a tree stand 50 to 100 yards in from the field edge, and be back in it before first light
C. Hunt someplace else in the morning, then try to glass the buck up again that evening to establish a pattern
D. Wait for the rut, when the buck will drive off the subordinates, and you'll have a better chance of rattling it in close

9. You have permission to hunt a farm where you saw a huge buck last year. On a July scouting trip you find a funnel along a creekbottom pocked with oversize rubs running between a bedding thicket and a cornfield. You should
A. Get out of there, so you don't scare the buck out of its core area
B. Keep backtracking the creekbottom until you find the buck's exact bedding place, and set up a stand there
C. Find two trees to hunt from, cut shooting lanes, and leave
D. Create mock scrapes at the field edge and maintain them until the opener to hold the deer there

10. You're in the tree stand you've been waiting all season to hunt, but at sunrise the wind switches 180 degrees the wrong way. You should
A. Keep on hunting, since moving risks spooking game and wastes too much of "prime time"
B. Immediately get down and move to a stand where the wind direction is right, even if the stand is not set up in as "hot" a spot
C. Move higher in the tree so you won't spread your scent as much
D. Turn around so the wind is in your face, and look for deer moving on that side of your stand

Extra Credit #5: You're heading out the door for a three-day hunt and your significant other is not happy about it. Which of the following do you not want to say?
A. "Babe, I'm really sorry, but it's too late for me to change my plans and we'll just have to talk about this when I get back."
B. "Hey, how 'bout I take you out to the best dinner in town on Sunday night and then we come back home for a candlelit soak in the hot tub?"
C. Let's see: cologne, breath mints, sports jacket. Yup, I'm good to go."