I believe that in Illinois you have to have your bow in a case as soon as legal shooting hours are over, at least that is what a friend who hunted Illinois about 6 or 7 years ago said.
Other than a state law I would see no reason to carry your bow in a case in the woods. It isn't going to look new forever!
My valet carries it for me along with all the necessities to make a comfortable and successful hunt. The rest of my entourage waits in the limo in the event I have need of their individual talents. JK I carry it by the grip.
I carry it by the handle and at the ready. I walk down old logging trails until I get near and then through the woods. Deer cross these old logging rds and the bears walk down them, I wouldn't want to be caught off guard
the only reason i do is to get to my stand i have to go through some
really thick stuff. this helps protect the sight and no small twigs get
caught in the cam. never had a problem with scent. as a matter of fact
a 6 pt. smelled my sons case.
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