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10 Ways to Become a Better Archer

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


10 Bowhunting Sins

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 foil our attempts to make a kill. Over the years, I've certainly made my share...


What Makes a Fast Bow?

When you walk into an archery shop to talk bows, the term "fast" is bound to enter the conversation. Of course, "fast" means the ability to cast an arrow at greater speed. A fast bow can be a true godsend, particularly when hunting and, suddenly, a shot at a nice...


What to Know About Low-Poundage Bowhunting

The Tennessee rain finally relents, giving way to a cobweb haze at the base of a Cumberland Mountain foothill. Michelle shed her rain coat long ago, and as we stand behind the massive white oak, I can see water droplets trickling down her neck from under a blond ponytail. Some...


Compound Archery: The Parts of the Compound Bow

Archery wasn’t very popular (relatively speaking) not too long ago. But today, archery is taking the country, and the world, by storm. Anti-hunters and non-hunters are even taking up the storied heritage of archery. And it’s helping add numbers to our ranks each and every day. But regardless of your...


Big Jim's Bow Building: How to Build a Traditional Bow

Big Jim's Bow Building is a custom bow builder based in Albany, Georgia. He builds both recurve and longbows. He also sells wood to other bow builders, like Bear Archery. If you've ever wanted to learn the bow-building process, or you're simply intrigued by it, follow along as Big Jim...


Things to Do After Deer Season

For most bowhunters, our season ends the moment the very last whitetail buck gives up the chase. While my happy hunting grounds would include a perpetual whitetail rut, here in the real world we must eventually refocus on work to avoid financial disaster. And, most likely, we must also patch...


Bowhunting: Archery’s Two Forgotten Brothers

Maurice and Will Thompson may be two of the most important people in archery that you’ve never heard of. They’re not 3D champions or holders of the latest mega-racked world record, which seems to define our current batch of “heroes.” It’s understandable how you might have missed them. The Thompson’s...


How to Weatherproof Your Bow

Bowhunting whitetails isn’t a sport for the faint of heart. Long hunts in the elements can take a beating on you and your equipment. Doing all you can to protect your bow from nasty weather is a smart move for protecting the investment you’ve made in your gear and preventing...


How to Make Your Bow More Accurate

Being as accurate as possible is something all bowhunters strive for. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time required to train like an Olympic archer and become a deadeye with their bow. That said, the following adjustments and techniques might help you to make you and your bow more accurate without...


How to Shoot a Compound without a Release

Finger shooting is rapidly fading from popularity. Something I find difficult to understand. The numbers I saw on a recent New Archery Products' website survey suggest from 75 to 80 percent of bowhunters now employ release aids. Compound bows are growing shorter every year, the average now running around 32-...


Chronograph Results: The Effects of Different Archery Combinations

We all have our reasons for choosing the arrows and setups we do. Generally, we all believe our choices are superior. So I set out to establish real numbers with these choices — using a precision Spot-Hogg Hooter Shooter bow-shooting machine and ProChrono Plus competition-grade chronograph. The Hooter Shooter removes...


7 Tips to Increase Kinetic Energy in Low Poundage Bows

Modern advancements in archery equipment have opened the sport to an entirely new demographic. Long gone are the days of struggling to pull back a high-poundage recurve or older compound in order to get enough power to cleanly take large game with archery equipment. Today’s bows are easier to draw,...


Deer Hunting: Treestand Safety Tips for Bowhunters

As bowhunters we often find ourselves climbing high into treestands to pursue deer. With this comes the chance of an accident, one that could be life-altering, or even deadly. Taking treestand safety seriously is something all bowhunters owe to themselves and their loved ones. The following tips will outline ways...


How to Shoot a Bow from a Treestand

A large portion of bowhunters choose to climb into a treestand when hunting whitetails to help them avoid detection. Hunting from an elevated position can be extremely effective for getting into bow range of deer; but shooting a bow from a stand requires the correct technique to seal the deal...


How to Shoot a Bow from a Ground Blind

Certain situations, weather conditions and terrain types can make using a ground blind the obvious choice for a hunt. Bowhunting from a ground blind can be extremely enjoyable and effective, too, but it also means adapting to the confined space that comes with it. The following tips will help you...


4 Tips for Youth Bowhunters

Getting a young person involved in archery and bowhunting can be highly rewarding. Passing on our knowledge and passion as bowhunters to future generations is what keeps the sport alive. Many who have experienced it will tell you that helping a young hunter harvest his or her first animal with...


Why Crossbows Are Good for Hunting

Crossbows. The mere mention of the word can stir a heated debate in any hunt camp or club. I had listened to the debates before, but I'm not one to take sides until I actually learn the truth for myself. All I can say is that during my first crossbow...


How to Become an Endurance Bowhunter

With a bulldog tenacity and drive that rivals that of any elite athlete, Cameron Hanes is shattering the preconceived image of the hunter. He’s the poster boy for the new extreme outdoorsman, running ultra marathons and training in the most hostile conditions so he can improve his odds afield. Svelte,...


The Body of a Bowhunter

When first reading this phrase some 10 or more years ago, it immediately held special meaning to me. These few sentences perfectly sum up what I live to do -- bowhunt the West's most rugged and remote backcountry for trophy-class animals. The challenge of getting within bow range of big,...


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