Bow Hunting Tips

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Pre-Season Deer Scouting: Take a Speed Tour

This quick white-tailed deer scouting strategy is the low-impact solution you’ve been looking for By John Eberhart I call it speed touring because that’s what it is. I’m not scouting for new hunting locations. I’m just rapidly touring through previously prepared fruit and mast tree locations during midday to see if they offer food...

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Top Tips for Tighter Arrow Groups

I’m fortunate enough to have three great archery shops in my town, all run by great folks with about a bazillion years of experience with the stick and string. Full Draw Archery, Custom Archery Center and Backwater Outdoors serve a city of a couple of hundred thousand folks. There’s a bunch of bowhunters around...

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Become a Home Bow Mechanic

Want to be a better archer? Learn to tune your hunting rig. By Bob Robb Recently, I received an e-mail from a fan: “I really enjoy the advice you give all us serious deer hunters,” the archer wrote. “I am an avid bowhunter but I have to admit, I have never set up or...

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Deadly Silent Bows in Five Steps

  Assembling a whisper quiet whitetail bowhunting rig puts you at a huge diadvantage. Here’s how the author does it. Creating a deadly-quiet bowhunting outfit makes you a deadlier predator. It’s true the modern compound bow is quieter than ever right out of the box. By Patrick Meitin It’s also true you’ll never hear a bowhunter...

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Become a Creature of Habit

By Steve Bartylla We’ve been trained to avoid falling into ruts. After all, if we take the same route into the woods every time or hunt our favorite stands too often, we risk having deer pattern us. Still, some habits are good. One is making a last check of the hourly weather before hitting the...

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Bow Hunting Tip: Carefully Consider Your Draw Weight

By Bob Banfelder The power of a bow is determined by its peak draw weight and arrow draw length, measured in pounds and inches, respectively. Folks often make the mistake of purchasing a bow with a maximum draw weight they can comfortably pull back while standing in the shop. They don’t realize that during...

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Do Wounded Deer Circle Sometimes?

  Most deer shot through the vitals die quickly and run only a short distance and only in one direction before going down. Wounded deer that don’t go down quickly, though, seldom run a straight line after being hit. Most begin curving a little left or right after traveling a short distance. Directions often...

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How High Should I Hang My Tree Stands?

  How high should I hang my stands? This is one of the most common questions in bowhunting. Elevated hunting’s No. 1 selling point is literally rising above the astute noses of the game we pursue. In bowhunting, there’s another majorly important consideration: Undetected shot execution during the conspicuous draw cycle. Tugging a bowstring to...

Bear pro staffer Brian Otto with his 11-point double drop buck, which was killed with his Bear 59 Kodiak.

Trying Traditional: Five Things to Know About Traditional Archery

Traditional archery’s experienced a renaissance of late, with seasoned archers seeking an added challenge that turns even does into a big reward, and others simply looking for a simpler bowhunting experience free of technological clutter. By Patrick Meitin Companies such as the venerable Bear Archery Products and Howatt/Martin, Hoyt and myriad custom makers are...

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Ted Nugent: Step-by-Step Guide to Eliminating TargetPanic

OUCH! Must we? The horrible TP word! Now that right there is one hellofa gory subject matter, is it not. I don’t know about you, but just typing that nasty word created uncomfortable, even painful rumblings in my belly, and I do believe I detected a serious flinch by the time I got to...