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13 People Who Changed Bowhunting Forever

It might be hard for today’s bowhunters to imagine a time when equipment was still as basic as a wooden bow, a string fabricated from rawhide or woven plant material, and a metal broadhead. The quality and utility of archery gear has come a long way in a relatively short...


Why Speed Bows Don’t Suck

Do an online search for “speed bows” and you’ll find no shortage of articles and forum threads highlighting all the supposed problems associated with them for bowhunters. It’s become so common, in fact, for writers to trash-talk speed bows that we’ve created our own set of speed bow cliches and...


How David Blanton Is Beating Target Panic

David Blanton knew he had target panic. But like many bowhunters , the 46-year veteran of the deer woods and longtime host of Realtree Outdoors had always been able to manage it, like an annoying but otherwise harmless preexisting condition. “I’ve always been a puncher,” Blanton says. “I draw back,...


The Best Draw Weight for Bowhunting

When I was a kid, my dad told me that as soon as I could pull 40 pounds, he’d buy me a bow and I could start hunting. That was about 30 years ago, and I remember my trial by fire happening quickly, as if the Old Man had orchestrated...


5 Best Blue-Collar Western Bow Hunts

I’ve been bowhunting long enough to realize killing a Pope & Young class critter is always something to be celebrated. But when you tag that animal on a do-it-yourself hunt on public land, it’s time for fireworks, streamers, and a cake proclaiming the occasion. Well maybe not that big. But...


50 Bowhunting Tips to Read on Stand

You’re either bowhunting right now or will be in a few weeks. Between shooting your bow and scouting and hanging stands, you probably don’t have time to read and digest a long-winded text on deer hunting. But you probably are scrolling on your phone to pass the hours in a...


Making the Traditional Bow Switch

Over the past few years, traditional archery has surged in popularity among recreational shooters and bowhunters alike. For many, making the switch from a compound to a recurve or long bow is a way to increase the challenge of a hunt; for others, it’s a way to embrace the simplicity...


15 Archery Tips from the Pros

Deer season is in the rearview mirror with months to go until opening day. Every bowhunter should be proficient with their archery equipment. Likewise, they should strive for growth, and to become better than they were last season. With that in mind, we consulted with numerous archery professionals to compile...


Outfitted: New Bowhunting Clothes and Boots from ATA 2020

It’s not out of the question for there to be a 100-degree temperature difference between the first day of bow season and the last one. If you’re as obsessed with all of this as we are, then you know your clothing and footwear are as important to success as your...


Hunt Prep: New Stands, Blinds, Trail Cams and More from ATA 2020

Serious bowhunters know that a successful hunt is usually just the culmination of a months-long puzzle. It's the prep that truly matters. Today’s hunters know more about the big game they’re chasing than any generation prior — and they’re more successful at it, too. This is partly because of all...


Tuned Up: New Bowhunting Accessories from ATA 2020

If you’re shopping for a new bow, you’re going to need to make a trip down the accessory aisle, too. As bows have become faster, lighter and more efficient, sights, rests and other accessories have become at once more rugged and more precise. Today’s bowhunters have it better than ever...


Sweet Shooters: New Bows and Crossbows from ATA 2020

The first bow show of a new decade begins today. Since 1997, members of the archery industry including manufacturers, dealers, media, state agency representatives and more have gathered each January for the Archery Trade Show — known to most as the ATA Show — where the year’s best new bowhunting...


Do You Need to Relearn to Shoot Your Bow?

At one time, there was a big question in the archery world: Shoot with your dominant hand or your dominant eye? I learned how to shoot a bow right-handed because I’m right-handed. But I had problems shooting accurately from the start. Double vision at full draw plagued me and wreaked...


Back to Bow Season: Great Deer Hunting Gear for 2019

The gear we take to the woods has a special place in our hearts. And most of us are pretty passionate about the brands we support. If you’re a die-hard gear nut, or if you're shopping for something specific, like a new bow or pack and want to see what...


6 Reasons to Buy Bows at the Local Archery Shop

Thousands of bows and crossbows are available to purchase online with a few clicks of the mouse. They’ll be delivered to your door and best of all, prices are ultra-competitive. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find comparable pricing inside any brick-and-mortar retail store. But when it comes to new...


4 Things Every Bowhunter Should Do This Summer

You've checked and double checked your Obsession bow . It's in fine working order. Now, get off the couch and reintroduce yourself to the practice range. This year, make your practice time enjoyable and productive by using this collection of tips and techniques. 1. Fling 'Em from 50 The average...


Travis "T-Bone" Turner on His Long-Standing Relationship with Realtree

Many Realtree fans have grown to love the character they know as "T-Bone" who appears on Bone Collector and Realtree Road Trips. Travis Turner is also an archery professional and tournament champion. In the following interview, Turner talks about how his work with Realtree has evolved from tuning a few...


2019 SHOT Show: The Benjamin Pioneer Airbow in Realtree Camo

Crossbows are the new buzz in archery, and several new crossbows and crossbow accessories were on display at the trade shows this year. Brand new technologies. Innovative designs. Affordable pricing. No this particular one isn’t a crossbow. It’s an airbow. And I’ve never seen anything else like it. It’s made...


How to Bowhunt Predators

I exhaled strong gasps of air through the plastic mouth call, cupping my hand on the barrel accordingly, sending eerie, squalling, bone-chilling sounds of a rabbit in distress out across the valley floor, penetrating nearly a mile into the foothills beyond. No more than 5 minutes went by when I...


The Ultimate Whitetail Hunting Bow

If you were setting up the ultimate whitetail bow , what would it look like? The Perfect Bow Whitetails are North America’s most popular game, but manufacturers continue producing bows not entirely suited to the playing field. Ultra-fast, super-short bows dominate the market. But speed is overrated, especially in a...


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