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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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Don’t Ignore These 6 Simple Tips for Treestand Safety

Each year throughout the country hunters are seriously injured as a result of falls from tree stands. These accidents can be prevented through the proper use of a tree stand safety harness. Twenty-five hunting accidents were reported in 2013 in South Carolina. Ten of these were tree stand accidents and three were fatal. Each time...

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Deer Debate: The Best Broadhead for PumpStation Penetration?

One of the most common questions asked by young hunters and sometimes even veterans is which broadhead is best: Mechanical or fixed? Fixed heads, of course, have been around for untold ages if you consider knapped stone heads used by primitive man and indians around the world. Once metal could be forged, hammered and...

Deer & Deer Hunting Editor in Chief Dan Schmidt poses with the first whitetail he has taken while hunting with a crossbow. For a wide selection of crossbow hunting products, visit our online store.

Crossbow Hunting for Deer is a Success

The word might be overused, but “epic” would definitely described my day yesterday; at least when it comes to the best deer hunts I’ve ever experienced. You see, Wisconsin legalized crossbows for all deer hunters this years, and I couldn’t help but wait in line a few weeks ago to buy the add-on license...

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Plan Ahead for Success When Shooting Cold

Shooting bows well obviously requires a certain degree of dexterity. Bowhunting whitetails from stands involves cold, gloves, pack boots and insulated duds. 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. By Patrick Meitin The Problem Cold weather complicates shooting...

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Bowhunting Tip: Be Prepared for Field Repairs

If you hunt long enough, your gear will fail. By Bob Robb It was the first day of a long-awaited rut hunt. I was hunting on a farm known for producing big bucks, and I was so pumped I barely slept a wink. An hour before first light I climbed into my stand, secured...

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Is Your Bow Suddenly Off? Look to Yourself First

By Patrick Meitin When I see someone in camp applying Allen wrenches to a bow, I know they’re in trouble. Their arrows are suddenly hitting off center, and panic is setting in. Arrows begin hitting right or left, high or low, and we automatically blame equipment. But what’s more likely, your $1,000 bowhunting setup...

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Triple-A Advice for Aiming Your Bow

Proper archery aiming actually requires several steps: Align, acquire, aim. By Patrick Meitin 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...

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...