Bow Hunting Tips

The Best Tips for Scent Control and Tree Stand Placement

Ever wonder how some successful hunters seem to find the perfect location for a treestand or blind and always see or kill deer? It’s not just luck. Smart hunters know how to study the terrain, wind conditions and deer movements, and then plan accordingly. They’re also careful about scent control, which has a specific...

Pressure or Rest: Do You Play a Deer Stand’s Hot Hand?

Jeff Neal thought about my idea momentarily and then nodded his head in agreement. “That’s pretty good, considering how much we’ve been in and out of here the last few days,” he said. “I like it.” After three days of hunting out of the same Banks Blind close to the camp house and barn, just a...

How to Get the Jump on Public Land Bucks This Season

Hunters who have private land they can hunt rarely gravitate to hunting open-to-hunting public lands simply because no matter how much hunting pressure private parcels receive, nearby public lands usually receive more, have fewer mature bucks and can be more difficult to hunt. However, even in the heaviest-hunted states, there are public-land gems that...

Hot Gear: Redesigned Head Focus of New Scott Echo Release

Scott Releases, the industry leader in release aid technology, has tapped into its 35-year legacy to match experience with innovation and create the Echo™ index finger release. The focal point of the Echo is the new Hyper Jaw™ technology, resulting in a never-before-seen release head configuration. The independent jaws operate in perfect synchronization with one...

Three Payoffs to Scouting for Deer After the Season Ends

The season is over for whitetail hunters across the country. Whether you let a crossbow arrow fly to put meat in the freezer or antlers on the ground doesn’t matter much any more. But your work is far from over. In fact, it never really stops if you want to stack the odds in your...

Lighted Nocks No Longer an Issue in Top Bowhunting States

Bowhunters in Montana will see a host of changes in 2017 season, with the latest being the removal of a longtime ban on lighted nocks for hunting. Officials with the Montana Fisheries, Wildlife and Parks Commission voted Feb. 10 to end the ban on the lighted nocks. The ruling places Montana in the modern...

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...

Crossing Over: Crossbows Offer More Time Afield and Fun

Hunters always are looking for more opportunity; any excuse to spend more time afield. Some also seek added challenge. The crossbow provides a means to both ends. With the dramatic liberalization of crossbow regulations across the nation, hunters looking to extend their seasons with a new weapon have another option beside muzzle- loaders or bows....

The Best Tips for Scouting and Bowhunting Deer

IOLA, Wis. (Dec. 8, 2016) – Bowhunters of all ages and experience levels will find plenty of useful tips inside Bowhunters’ Digest, 6th Edition. Throughout the book, well-known author, experienced guide and bowhunter Patrick Meitin shares a wealth of knowledge about hunting tactics, equipment selection, tuning and accuracy to help all bowhunters take their skills...

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...