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5 Ways to Gain Arrow Speed and Keep Accuracy

Deadly bowhunters strive for shooting consistency and top arrow speed. Here are five tips to help you maximize this combination. A slow hit is better than a fast miss. I’m a firm believer in that phrase. Just like well-thrown pitches and strikeouts in baseball, shooting accurate arrows is everything in...


How to Miss a Deer with a Bow

Big buck. 20 yards. Broadside. You have all the time in the world … and yet your arrow sails over his back. Here’s a look at common reasons why you miss whitetails. There are all kinds of ways to miss a big-game animal with a bow. But when it comes...


Bowhunting Tips for Out West

Whether you're planning an elk hunt, spot-and-stalk mule deer hunt or just want to increase your range in the whitetail woods, adding some western flair to your archery practice can pay off What’s the farthest you’ll shoot at a deer with your bow? Two years ago, my limit was 35...


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 is...


10 Top Bowfishing Hot Spots

What’s the best bowfishing spot in the country? That depends on what you’re after. Is it quality or quantity? Are you willing to put in the time for a single big gator gar or paddlefish? Or do you want to shoot 100 jumping carp in a day? The best places...


5 Tips for Bowfishing

Put more rough fish in your boat by shooting the best bowfishing bows, arrows and equipment Getting into bowfishing isn’t difficult. You can purchase a bowfishing kit, pick up a garage sale bow and be ready for the water with less than $150 out of pocket. But after you spend...


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 Make an Old Bow New Again

Do you need a new bow, or just a few upgrades to the one you already own?


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...


Bows for the Biggest Game

What changes do you need to make to your bow, arrow and broadhead setup for that once-in-a-lifetime big-game hunt?


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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