Hunting season opens with increased popularity in archery
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Hunting season in New Mexico opened Sunday for deer and elk as well as other small game with thousands of hunters expected to be in the field this season.
With the increased demand for ammunition and a limited stock a lot of those hunters will be carrying bow and arrows.
"Arrows are much easier to get than bullets right now," said Case Forrest, manager at High Desert Archery in Las Cruces.
Forrest said the store on Amador Avenue has seen a big increase in business in the months leading up to the hunting season.
Forrest said more people are taking up archery in large part because of improved technology.
"The cam systems that come on them are a lot faster and you have a lot of kinetic energy in lighter weights," Forrest said.
Arrows are now made out of carbon fiber and are customized to the draw length of each person.
Availability of those arrows has also increased the sport's popularity with the scarcity of bullets.
"You can shoot them any time you want and you don't have to worry about them going out of stock," he said.
Out in the field, hunting with a bow adds different challenge for a hunter in tracking game.
"You have to control your scent better and you camouflage better," Forrest said. "With a rifle it is important, just not as important."
During the season hunters with bows are usually heavily camouflaged so it's important to keep an eye out for them.
Hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to wear bright colors for their safety.