Bow Hunting Tips

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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...

A good hand muff that attaches around the waist, along with HotHands warmers inside, are more ergonomically beneficial than jacket pockets.

Plan Ahead for Bowhunting Deer in Cold Weather

Shooting bows well obviously requires a certain degree of dexterity. Bowhunting whitetail from stands obviously involves cold, insulated duds, gloves and pack boots, and these are late October through November dates I have in mind. Things can quickly reach critical mass when addressing post-rut dates into December, or even later in southeastern states. By...

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Don’t Overlook Late Season Info With Cameras, Scents

Our season is rockin’ along in Alabama with a little more than a month to go before hitting peak rut in much of the southern part of the state. One of the tracts I hunt is mostly hardwoods with rocky terrain. A couple of bedding areas, some nearby open fields on neighbors’ lands and...