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Can You Trust Angle Compensating Rangefinders?

Before laser rangefinders were common place in the hunting world, bowhunters had to rely on their ability to judge distance on the fly. Fortunately, todays archers not only have access to rangefinders but models that read and automatically adjust for angle. These modern rangefinders contain small electronic processors that run...


What’s The Best Fletching for Bowhunting?

Walk into any archery pro-shop and look at the arrows that are available, you’ll notice nearly all of them are fletched with the same type of vane. The 2-inch Blazer Vane has become the industry standard for good reason, its short stature makes it more forgiving in windy conditions than...


How to Shoot a Bow in High Winds

In different parts of the country, the same word or phrase can have a very different meaning. In some places a soft drink is a soda, others a pop and to some simply a Coke. When we describe weather conditions the same principle applies. “Hot” means something entirely different in...


How to Shoot Uphill and Downhill

The world isn’t flat, as mankind believed before Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, nor is it perfectly round — at least from the perspective of bowhunters faced with an important shot at mountain game, or from elevated positions. The Earth’s surface is an irregular juxtaposition of topographical ups and...


How to Spot and Stalk a Hog

Since hogs roam most frequently in the early morning and late evening hours and then disappear quickly once the sun begins bearing down on their thick, fatty layers, you can’t dawdle. Don’t hunt these animals like deer, but more like elk, as you’re trying to intercept them on the move...


How to Shoot a Bow without a Release

Twenty years ago, shooting a compound bow with a fingers tab was the norm and not the exception. Today, of course, the tables have turned. Visit any archery range or 3D competition and the “limited” fingers class is pretty small, sometimes only three or four guys making up the group...


10 Ways to Maximize Your Bow’s Performance

The way I see it, bow proficiency boils down to two important components: proper shooting form and outstanding bow setup. By exploring certain steps for making your rig more forgiving and accurate, you have the opportunity to become a better archer and hunter . 1. Optimize Your Cam System We...


8 Advanced Rangefinder Skills Bowhunters Need to Know

Judging range has always been a big part of archery. Arrows, even from the fastest compound bows, travel in arching paths. Misjudged range has probably caused more misses than all other factors. Then came affordable laser rangefinders, which are now standard-issue gear for modern bowhunters. And misses disappeared. Yeah, right...


Shoot the Perfect Arrow and Broadhead

Building the Perfect Arrow With a little patience, a few gadgets and an eye for detail, you too can build your own! -- By Tracy Breen If you are willing to take the time to build your own arrows instead of buying them already built, you will end up with...


Fixed Blade vs. Mechanical Broadheads

My response to the broadhead debate has always been simple: The fixed-blade broadhead wins every time. Today, however, my opinion isn’t so cut and dry. With more and more effective mechanical designs hitting the market, this style of head has become a serious consideration for me and other bowhunters. I...


Archery Tips from the Pros

Shooting a bow well is no different than swinging a golf club with precision—for that perfect hit, it takes finesse and proper technique for smooth, accurate execution. This is why professional coaching is such a craze in golf — practice doesn’t make perfect — perfect practice makes perfect . If...


Shoot Like the Bowhunting Pros

Shooting targets with a bow is one thing. Shooting animals is another. Use these shooting tips from hunting professionals to improve your accuracy in the field


Build the Ultimate Speed Bow

From buying and tuning a new bow to selecting the perfect arrow, here’s how to get blazing arrow speed without losing accuracy


10 Bowhunting Sins

( Editor's Note : This Retro Realtree article was originally published in June of 2011) Bowhunting is never easy. Animal behavior, hunting pressure, food and water supply, and weather can all change on a dime and make things tough. But nothing is more frustrating than letting things within our control...


Low-Poundage Bowhunting

(Editor's Note: This Realtree Retro article was originally published in February of 2010. Low-poundage bow setups have gotten even better since then, but the principles of hunting with such a rig will never change.) The Tennessee rain finally relents, giving way to a cobweb haze at the base of a...


Speed Bows: Better Now Than Ever

A "speed bow" is defined as any bow with a brace height length of 6 1/4 inches or less. Most bows in this category produce an IBO speed rating of 330 to 360 feet per second. Today, flagship bows from many companies fall into the speed bow category. Ten years...


Bowfishing for the Big Stuff

Carp jump to mind when most bowhunters think of bowfishing . And why not? They’re fun targets, and the shooting is usually fast-paced. Plus it’s an inexpensive sport. However, for those adrenaline junkies at Realtree.com, maybe skewering carp is getting a bit bland. Perhaps tackling critters that can kill you...


Bows for Women: 2014 Review

If you’re a female bowhunter, listen up: the bow companies get it. Not long ago, finding a bow with a draw length and weight suitable for the average female hunter meant buying a puny youth rig, perhaps with some pink splashed on the limbs to make it a ladies' model...


Crossbows. In the Woods to Stay, and Here's Why.

Wisconsin’s Al Kryzkowski had tagged 138 whitetails in his life. And for many years, a 50-pound wooden recurve was his weapon of choice. But the 69-year-old retired construction superintendent suffered from arthritis that made the traditional bow difficult. So he switched to a crossbow. And last September, he used it...


What Makes a Fast Bow?

Compound bow expert Joe Bell gives us the rundown on the design traits that make up a fast bow


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