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Find the right bow and bow-hunting gear to chase whitetails this season. Or catch up on the latest news as it pertains to hunting bows — from recurve to compound.

GEAR ATA17 Mathews Halon 32 bow

Speed, Accuracy Among Halon 32’s Highlights

The new Halon 32 from Mathews Inc. is a compound bow built for the whitetail hunter who wants speed with improved downrange accuracy. The Halon 32 is a longer version of the award-winning Halon, providing an enhanced string angle and superior stability, while delivering speeds up to 350 feet per second. Like its predecessor,...

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Easton Archery Offers Autumn Orange FMJ Arrows

The 2017 Archery Trade Association Show has been full of surprises, including this exciting news from Easton Archery: For a limited time, archers can get their hands on the high-tech FMJ shafts in the throwback Autumn Orange color. They won’t last, so get to your local Easton arrow dealer now to find out how...

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Downrange Kinetic Energy: Determining an Arrow’s Killing Power

One of the most confusing concepts for bowhunters today is the application of kinetic energy to their hunting rig. For example, a reader writes: “I have read that kinetic energy of 50 ft./lbs. or more is good for big game such as whitetail deer. Does the kinetic energy change at different yardages? If so,...

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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...

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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...

Change your angles and distances when practicing during the off-season so you'll be ready for almost anything.

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...

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Understanding the Importance of Crossbow Nocks

That little piece of plastic on the end of your favorite crossbow arrow may seem unassuming, however the nock plays an important role in safety, accuracy, and consistency with every shot. The nock fits tight into the end of your crossbow arrow and is as important to your arrow as a launchpad is to...

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Deer Hunting Hot Picks: Nock Out Lighted Bowhunting Nocks

Deer & Deer Hunting’s Dan Schmidt takes a closer look at the Nock Out lighted bowhunting nocks from Clean Shot Archery. These nocks immediately become illuminated when you hit the trigger and release your arrow at full draw. They are easy to install on your arrows, which Schmidt shows, and also are quite simple...

Shooting from a ground blind can have challenges. Hunting feral hogs, if you can, gives you some good practice with a crossbow and ground blind so you'll be ready during deer season.

Don’t Make These Mistakes Shooting from a Ground Blind

Using a treestand or ground blind to hunt out of can provide many benefits to the crossbow hunter. First and foremost, it increases your opportunity to get within shooting distance of game, which in most cases would be 40 to 50 yards or less. The structures also keep us out of sight and provide...

Patrick Meitin with a doe he hunted and shot in Idaho with his traditional archery gear, which he enjoys and regularly hunts with.  Meitin also hunts with compound bows and "skinny" arrows, which he believes have great advantages.

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...