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Welcome to

by A. Robert Sheppard, M.D.

Bow Hunting Schools

Instructional Material Outline

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  • Tree Stand Use and Safety We teach you the basics along with some advanced techniques for the placement and safety of tree stands. We discuss and demonstrate examples from all the major categories of tree stands.... climbers, hang-ons, ladders, belts, & sling types, etc. We'll show you revolutionary stands you never knew existed along with the advantages and pitfalls of each. We'll show you examples of the numerous methods of climbing a tree with special emphasis on the safety of each.

  • Scouting Nothing about deer hunting is more important than scouting. But not knowing what you're looking for is like going prospecting for gold. If you don't know what the various types of ore look like, you are not very likely to find anything of significance. Scouting for deer "sign" is the same way. We take you to the woods and build a framework of basic scouting skills that you can add to as your seasons of experience pass. But, again, having the basic skills of how to look for sign is the key to productive scouting.

  • Deer Attracting Techniques We explain and demonstrate the various techniques of calling deer (calls, rattling, scents, mock scrapes, etc.) and teach you when and under what conditions each may prove productive. We would be remiss, however, did we not tell you that we do not rely upon these tactics for our own success. Most are simply wishful dreams of instant success that will not materialize in real hunting.

  • Shooting Instruction Many of you will already have the basic shooting skills that need only practice to achieve a level of competence adequate to take a whitetail with a bow. Only time in the woods and exposure to many shooting opportunities will perfect your skill. But some will need some help to get the proper form for good shooting down pat. Others may need help learning to tune a bow for more precise accuracy. Matching arrows to your particular bow weight, style of bow and draw length may be all you need. Whatever your level of competence, we will enter instruction at your own level to improve your chances of becoming a successful bowhunter.

  • Deer Habitat Learning more about the specific features of a deer's home and how he uses these features to avoid hunters is another key to consistent success. A common problem we encounter in this category is how deer change their use of the same habitat from early in the bow season to late in the gun season. An incredibly productive spot in October will yield day after day of absolutely nothing in January. Come hunt with us and learn how to recognize these pattern changes and then apply your precious hunting time to highly productive areas as the season progresses. Learn how to hunt food plots effectively with a gun or a bow. The approach is dramatically different for different weapons.

  • Trailing Wounded Deer We put you on your hands and knees in a common sense pursuit to learn one of the most gratifying aspects of taking a deer with a bow. This is what made the Indians eat or go hungry.

  • Handling Capes and Meat Taking a trophy and butchering the cape is a real tragedy. We will teach you the simple hands on techniques of getting your trophy to the taxidermist in prime shape. Well prepared venison is a treat not many of us experience. But if you ever do, you will realize that the key to making this delectable meet tasty is proper handling, cutting and packaging before the cooking begins.

  • Management Principles We cover the principles involved in managing whitetail deer in its various habitats and show you how to apply these to the lease or land you hunt at home.

  • Aging Techniques The technique of pulling jaw bones for aging deer is demonstrated and this data combined with weights of various age classes of deer in the herd are combined to give the hunter an understanding of managing a herd with various goals in mind.

  • Your Instructor   Dr. Bob Sheppard is a physician, Director of Hospitalist Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa Campus. Your instructor is just like you starting hunting knowing nothing. He learned by thousands of hours in the woods, hunting and scouting, talking with veteran hunters and by teaching these bow hunting schools for more than thirty years. There is no magic in taking deer with a bow. Consistent success comes with experience, hard work and repeated exposure to the real thing. We learned by the sweat of the brow like many of you will. But we have one added piece of knowledge... years of experience teaching others the skills of taking whitetails with a bow. Some of the most skilled hunters in the country have tremendous difficulty explaining the nuts and bolts of their successful techniques to others. Many have gone down the trail of hunting gadgetry and instant success thinking. We are hunters just like you. We don't put up a front of having all the answers nor do we propose to have a monopoly on all the skills of bowhunting. We miss, select the wrong stand site, and often come home wet and empty handed just like you will if you hunt whitetails for very long. Dr. Sheppard has taken more than a thousand whitetail, several hundred with a bow. That much exposure to these animals is rare in today's highly pressured deer herds. Everyone has an ego and he is no different. But we will try to stay off that high horse and share honestly what we know with you. Perhaps you can come to enjoy these wonderful creatures from God's creation as much as we have. We promise you only two things in our schools. First, the opportunity to hunt some of the best whitetail herds in the country and second, our best effort to teach you what we know about deer hunting.

  • Just a Taste! Come hunt with us. You can jump the trial and error approach by half a lifetime. These are but a taste of what we will cover in an action packed three days of hunting and learning at some of the finest commercial deer hunting lodges in the South.  If you would like to get a real head start on others, get a copy of Dr. Sheppard’s book on whitetail hunting called Whitetails.  You can download a digital copy or order the paper or audio version from Tate Publishing:

  • Come Hunt & Learn With Us Contact Dr. Bob Sheppard at Or contact the lodge for booking.





Bow Hunting Schools

October 27th to October 30th -> November 3rd to November 6th 2016

with Dr. Bob Sheppard


11:30 am Introduction of Staff & Instructors

Noon Lunch, Bent Creek Staff

1:00 pm How To Effectively Bow Hunt a Food Plot

2:00 to 6:00 pm Hunt

7:00 pm Dinner, Bent Creek Staff

8:00 pm Tree Stand Placement & Dealing with the Wind

9:00 pm Deer Management Principals & Philosophy

10:00 pm Hit The Sack



4:30 am Awake call & breakfast, Bent Creek Staff

5:30 to 11:30 am Hunt

Noon Lunch, Bent Creek Staff

1:00 pm Three D Target Practice

1:30 pm to 6:00 pm Hunt

7:00 pm Dinner, Bent Creek Staff

8:00 pm Whitetail Habitat Characteristics & Management

9:00 pm Principals of Hunting Trophy Whitetails

10:30 pm Hit the Sack



4:30 am Awake call & breakfast, Bent Creek Staff

5:30 to 11:30 am Hunt

Noon Lunch, Bent Creek Staff

1:30 pm to 6:00 pm Hunt

7:00 pm Dinner, Bent Creek Staff

8:00 pm  Wrap Up Session

10:00 pm Hit the Sack



4:30 am Awake call & breakfast, Bent Creek Staff

5:30 to 10:30 am Hunt

11:00 am Skinning, Capeing, & Aging Deer; Bent Creek Staff

Noon Departure 



Thirty years of experience pays off!