Author Archives: Patrick Meitin

5 Reasons We Miss Slam Dunks While Bowhunting

Any whitetail bowhunter who tells you he has never missed a shot is either lying or has not been bowhunting all that long. All of us have blown a slam dunk shot at some point in our lives. After wiping the egg off our faces, we then ask ourselves how it could have happened....

5 Steps to Make Your Bow More Deadly

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. It’s also true you’ll never hear a bowhunter complain about his whitetail setup being too quiet. Outside Africa, where animals live in constant fear of sudden death from big...

The Long and Short of Choosing the Right Deer Hunting Arrows

I’m always interested in why archers choose certain accessories, or why they set up gear in a particular way. Many provide reasoned answers, offering well thought out explanations and the advantages perceived. More interesting, many archers have no idea why they chose a particular accessory or set up equipment a certain way. Many of...

Skinny is Beautiful: Go Thin with Your Bowhunting Arrows

Skinny supermodels might be under attack by the mainstream media, but skinny arrows are definitely en vogue, the hottest thing going since carbon first hit the bowhunting scene. Savvy bowhunters everywhere are adopting them in droves, quickly recognizing the inherent advantages of packing a heavyweight punch into more streamlined packages. The newest slim-line arrows are...

Some of My Favorite Trophies are Does

I’m often troubled, while eavesdropping on hunters discussing the “harvest” of white-tailed does. Too often does are discussed in the same terms as picking backyard vegetables. Worse yet, often addressed by wannabe deer managers like weeds in that garden; an inconvenience in need of removal. I have a little more respect for whitetails, even...

Best Tips for Consistent, Successful Bowhunting Accuracy

Ask most bowhunters how many steps are involved in aiming and they’ll normally say something like, “One. Put the pin on a target and release.” This simplistic approach to aiming with sights — in some respects, while aiming instinctively with traditional gear — is the root cause of many common shoot- ing problems, including...

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...

How to Make the Best Bow Shot to Kill a Deer

The anatomy of every successful bow shot hinges on many synchronous yet dynamic elements. This lends bowhunting the drama that keeps us coming back, but we also have an ethical obligation to eliminate uncertainty from the equation whenever possible. By Patrick Meitin Many view successful shooting as a purely-physical function of aligning sights to...

When Thin is In: Hard-Hitting Skinny Arrows for Deer Hunting

While skinnier might be the latest rage in carbon-arrow technology, it was something hunters understood well in the days when aluminum arrows prevailed, shooting Easton’s 2018, 2117 or 2020 when increased penetration and ruggedness was paramount. For “carbon-age” bowhunters without alloy experience, some background might be in order. Easton’s old system includes outside shaft...